DuPont has opened its Johnston Innovation Center, the company’s second innovation center in the United States and 12th around the world, focusing on the company’s integrated science capabilities across the food, agriculture, and energy value chains. The 3,500-sq-ft space and adjoining collaboration room showcases the latest company technology, applications, and products created to meet the world’s biggest challenges, including food security, energy, and protection.
“DuPont has a history of innovation and scientific discovery. Today, we are creating solutions to address the world’s big challenges of feeding and protecting a growing global population and reducing reliance on fossil fuels,” said Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair and CEO. “The key is to quickly connect our integrated science to the market. The Innovation Centers enable DuPont to harness its global science capabilities to create local solutions that are tailored to meet the most pressing market needs.”
During the opening event, Kullman also announced two recent DuPont projects in Iowa. DuPont Pioneer will break ground on a new research facility, Beaver Creek II, in Johnston in the fall of 2013. Additionally, DuPont is investing more than $200 million in its Nevada, Iowa, commercial cellulosic ethanol production facility.