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BASF Officially Launches the Collaborative Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard University
Date:4/29/2008

vered the keynote speech at the symposium.

The study of biofilms and their interaction with surfaces has gained worldwide interest as microbial biofilms on surfaces cause billions of dollars in losses each year in equipment damage, product contamination, and energy losses. More importantly, biofilms also cause medical infections, resulting in adverse and detrimental affect to human life.

In addition to Whitesides, BASF's Dr. Jens Rieger, Scientific Director of Polymer Research, and Harvard's David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, are directing the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard University and establishing a broad research network of faculty and students to generate new innovations relevant to society's needs.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost euro 58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.


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