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Collaborations

From the very beginning, we have firmly believed that the best results come from collaboration across the value chain. Throughout the development of Genencor, there have been many examples of successful collaborations with industry, academia and other stakeholders. We continue to believe that this approach offers the best way to produce innovative products and ensure we have a positive sustainable impact on households globally.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Through a long-standing collaboration with Procter and Gamble, we developed protease enzymes that are used to improve performance at low temperatures in detergents sold worldwide.
  • Together with DuPont, we received the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Award for the development of 1,3 propanediol (PDO). This material is made from renewable resources, instead of petrochemicals, to make high-quality polyester for use in textiles, carpeting and packaging across the globe.
  • We completed a 3-year, USD 17 million contract with the USA Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to reduce the cost of enzymes used in the conversion of biomass to fuel ethanol, pushing the development of cellulosic ethanol forward. In 2004, we received a 1-year, USD 3.2 million extension from NREL to continue to work on this project and drive the enzyme costs down further.
  • Genencor and Eastman Chemical have developed a revolutionary process for making ascorbic acid (vitamin C) from glucose, a refined product of corn.

Read on for more examples of our collaborations with DuPont, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Huntsman Textile Effects.