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William F. Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences at 2017 Sustainability Summit

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates suggest that the bioeconomy – which encompasses much of DuPont IB’s work – today contributes $393 billion into the United States each year and supports 4.22 million jobs, many of them high-skilled and in rural areas across the United States.

The Sustainability Summit is a forum that brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to “offer strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future.” Feehery will speak to the importance of ensuring that new, more sustainable solutions – such as renewably sourced materials or fuels, or enzymes that improve the sustainability of industrial processes – are not simply “green.” For bio-products to be viable alternatives to petroleum-based incumbents, they must offer economic and performance benefits that meet or surpass incumbent solutions.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences works with customers across a wide range of industries to make products and industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. Through a unique combination of, biotechnology, chemistry and material science capabilities, we advance market-driven, biobased solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations.

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