"DuPont's science-based innovation creates real-world solutions, drives growth for the company and its shareholders and solves some of the world's greatest challenges," said Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Douglas Muzyka. "We are honored to be included on the Top 100 Global Innovator list, as it recognizes the impact that our innovations are having on the global marketplace."
Among DuPont's innovations are advanced enzymes and sustainable biomass supply chain for one of the world's first cellulosic ethanol plants in Nevada, Iowa, DuPont Corian Charging Surface providing wireless charging for phones and tablets, new thin and stretchable conductive materials for wearable electronics, DuPont Kevlar advanced ballistic protection and consumer products, Tyvek HomeWrap and medical packaging, Nomex thermal protection, Optimum AcreMax insect protection products, Sorona renewably sourced fibers, Rynaxypyr insect control, award-winning DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes that help boost the power output of solar panels and DuPont Danisco HOWARU Cardio premium probiotic, which has been shown to significantly improve total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. In 2014, DuPont recorded about $9 billion in sales from new products and applications launched between 2011 and 2014. The same year, DuPont scientists and engineers published some 300 articles in scientific journals, and DuPont had more than 3000 technology agreements with companies and universities.
The Thomson Reuters 2015 Top100 Global Innovators program, now in its fifth year, has served as a trustworthy investment resource and a testament to increased R&D funding, global patent filing and new market development, resulting in greater revenue and enhanced regional economic activity. According to Thomson Reuters, together the Top 100 Global Innovators generated more than $429 trillion in revenue and invested more than $20 trillion in R&D (local currency) in 2014. The 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators outperformed the MSCI World Index in revenue by 6.01 percentage points, employment by 4.09 percentage points, and market-cap-weighted R&D spending by 1.86 percentage points.
The Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principle criteria: overall patent volume, patent application-to-grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio, and patent influence as evidenced by citations.