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Wilmington, Delaware, October 5, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Recognizes DuPont with 2010 Technology Innovation Award

Out of nearly 600 entries, DuPont was one of just 49 winners in the Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.  DuPont Qualicon’s BAX® system was named as a runner-up in the Medicine-Biotech category for two pathogen detection tests that were introduced in 2009.  As a way to address food safety issues, the BAX® system is used to detect pathogens or other organisms in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples. 

The detection tests introduced in 2009 were:

  • A new test for simultaneously detecting three pathogenic species of Vibrio bacteria in fish and shellfish.
  • A highly superior test for a strain of E. coli called O157:H7 in beef and fresh produce, such as spinach and lettuce.

“We’re extremely honored to have the BAX® System recognized as groundbreaking technology in the fight for global food safety,” said Marcos Cantharino, global business director – DuPont Qualicon.

Both of these assays are designed to work on the automated BAX® System, a computerized method for detecting the DNA of specific microorganisms.  Food processing companies around the world rely on the BAX® system to enhance efficiency in production environments, reduce recalls of contaminated products and help protect consumers from food borne illness.

The automated system uses leading-edge technology, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, tableted reagents and optimized media to detect Salmonella, Listeria species, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, Enterobacter sakazakii, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio, yeast and mold.  With certifications and regulatory approvals in the Americas, Asia and Europe, the BAX® system is recognized globally as one of the most advanced pathogen testing systems available to food companies.  For more information and photos, please visit

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 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.