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DuPont Chief Innovation Officer Thomas Connelly, Jr., to Keynote SCD-iBIO's BioTech Forum

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCD-iBIO, an industry group associated with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), today announced that DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Thomas Connelly, Jr., will be the keynote speaker at the First International Forum on Commercializing Global Green: From Raw Materials to Global Brands.

Dr. Connelly will speak at a Gala Dinner at 6 p.m. on November 13 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia, PA. The evening will include a recognition ceremony to honor the contributions of former University of Pennsylvania Dean Dr. Arthur E. Humphrey during the second half of the 20th Century. 

"DuPont is engaged with our customers around the world to bring the most advanced materials, the latest science, and the most innovative applications to our brands that make a real difference to consumers," said Connelly. "I'm honored to be featured at this inaugural conference on how companies are addressing the sustainability of global brands now and into the future."  

"We are honored to have Dr. Connelly address our Gala event, which will bring together the people, institutions and corporations actively advancing industrial biotechnology," said Dr. William B. Armiger, Executive Director of SCD-iBIO. "DuPont is a well-recognized world leader and innovator in bringing industrial biotechnology to the chemical industry. With their rich history of innovation, DuPont is providing many of tomorrow's solutions for meeting the world's demand for food, feed, fuel and materials with sustainable technology that reduces society's impact on the environment."

The First International Forum takes place November 12-14 at CHF and will include in-depth discussions on biotechnology and opportunities to network and form new professional relationships along the entire value chain, from raw materials to branded consumer products. Attendees will also hear about pilot, scale-up and engineering issues, as well as best practices and lessons learned in both commercial and market development.

About SCD-iBIO
SCD-iBIO, an Affiliate of SOCMA, is a company member organization that advances the commercial development of industrial biotechnology, which is the application of biology for the environmentally friendly and economically sustainable production and processing of chemicals, materials and energy. SCD-iBIO provides its members access to the latest technical knowledge in industrial biotechnology combined with the best business practices for commercial development. 

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SOURCE Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates