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Date:1/27/2010

DuPont Biotechnology Vice President Testifies Before U.S. House Science and Technology Committee

Washington (Vocus) January 27, 2010 -- DuPont Applied BioSciences Vice President of Technology John Pierce told members of the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) “serves a valuable role by focusing efforts on the critical energy sector as a powerful springboard for promising pre-market concepts.”

“DuPont and its partners have been conducting research programs to develop new clean energy technologies that are now nearing commercialization including the company’s two advanced biofuels programs,” Pierce said. “For example, the pre-commercial demonstration facility for the company’s cellulosic ethanol joint venture, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE), which is based on technology that has derived great benefit from DOE partnerships, has recently started production while the demonstration facility for the company’s biobutanol joint venture, Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels is expected to start up this year.”

DuPont and Bio Architecture Lab recently were awarded a $9 million matching grant from ARPA-E for a third generation biofuels research program to determine if sugars from macroalgae -- or seaweed -- can be efficiently converted to biobutanol. The project will complement the efforts under way in the Butamax™ joint venture to commercialize a multi-generational pipeline of isobutanol technologies from grain and cellulosic biomass that is the result of extensive research and technology investment by DuPont and BP.

“Support from the DOE and ARPA-E has allowed us to tackle this very challenging technology program of seaweed to butanol conversion,” Pierce said. “Our R&D portfolio is driven by market needs and expected returns for our shareholders. This serves near- and mid-term market needs well. Public-private partnerships best serve the pursuit of riskier, transformational technologies.”

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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