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Wilmington, Delaware, February 19, 2007

DuPont Qualicon Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology

DuPont Qualicon has received the 2006 North American Excellence in Technology Award from Frost & Sullivan in the field of pathogen detection for the development of its DNA-based BAX® system.

“We are extremely pleased to accept this prestigious award,” said Kevin Huttman, president – DuPont Qualicon.   “As a science company, we continually strive to improve already excellent products such as the BAX® system so that our customers can succeed when new challenges arise in the food industry.”

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting firm, bestows Best Practice Awards to companies in a variety of markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. The Excellence in Technology Award recognizes an innovation that is expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption and change. It also recognizes the company’s overall technical excellence and commitment toward technology innovation.   For more information on Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards, go to

“With the BAX® system Q7, DuPont Qualicon has taken food pathogen detection to the next level, where not only is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision made, but target differentiation and real-time quantitation in just 90 minutes makes it more advanced for food testing applications,” noted Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Hari Ramamoorthy.

DuPont Qualicon provides innovative, science-based diagnostic products.  The BAX® system offers advanced DNA-based detection of microbes in food, from raw ingredients to finished products.  Proprietary enrichment media are available in bulk powder or as unit-sized DuPont™ StatMedia™ soluble packets.  DuPont Qualicon also markets the patented RiboPrinter® System, the world’s only automated DNA fingerprinting instrument that rapidly pinpoints sources of bacteria in food and pharmaceuticals.  For more information, please see

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.