DuPont Knowledge Center in city opened

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Hyderabad, Nov 21 (UNI) DuPont today officially opened its DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) here, 17 months after breaking ground last summer.

Set up on 15 acres in the ICICI Knowledge Park in the city's ''Genome Valley,'' the DuPont Research and Development site houses a Biotechnology Laboratory, a Materials Research Lab, an Applications Development Lab, a Global Engineering Design Center, and greenhouses, a press release here said.

The DKC brings together basic research, applications development, engineering design, bioinformatics, patent services, and many regional support services. Built on a ''One DuPont'' concept, research at the site will focus on ''integrated science - a unique combinations of biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering - to develop the company's application pipeline in India, and other emerging markets.'' ''DuPont succeeds when we connect science and technology to the marketplace,'' Senior Vice-President and Chief Science and Technology Officer Uma Chowdhry said adding 'Our goal is to develop products to meet not only the needs of people in India, but also the needs of customers around the world.' DuPont announced that it was investing over Rs 130 crore to construct its first R and Development center in India, with focus on basic research, product application development across all five of its business growth platforms, and other knowledge services for global and local markets. This will also house the company's first Plant Biotech Research Center outside the USA.

''I am very optimistic about the opportunities for us and India's long term growth potential. The center is a critical component of our growth strategy and our investment in the DKC further demonstrates our commitment to India,'' DuPont India President and CEO Balvinder S Kalsi said.

''We will have under one roof the key sciences such as organic, inorganic, and polymer chemistry, biology, and materials science coupled with engineering to create unique and commercializable solutions,'' DuPont Knowledge Center Director Homi Bhedwar said.

Presently, home to more than 180 DuPont employees, the DKC is expected to accommodate more than 300 scientists and other employees by next year. About 600 scientists, engineers and other employees will eventually work out of the DKC, once it is fully functional, working closely with more than 5,000 scientists of DuPont located around the world.

DKC is the sixth major DuPont R &D facility outside the United States, the release added.

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