WILMINGTON, Del. -- The 37th annual National Inventor of the Year Award will be presented to a DuPont research team for advancing sustainable agriculture and addressing the needs of the growing global population by discovering an advanced insect control product. 

The prestigious honor from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPOEF), awarded to inventors whose products help the economy and improve quality of life, highlights the achievements of DuPont researchers George Lahm, Thomas Selby and Thomas Stevenson for the discovery of DuPont™ Rynaxypyr(R), an advanced insect control product with a favorable environmental profile.

"Each year, we receive impressive nominations that showcase the ingenuity happening across the United States.  We are pleased to add the DuPont team to the long list of inventors who have been recognized by our organization for creating valuable, remarkable inventions that improve daily life around the world," said Herb Wamsley, executive director  IPOEF.

The breakthrough chemistry of Rynaxypyr(R) is helping farmers around the world produce higher quality, more abundant fresh fruits and vegetable crops to meet the needs of the growing global population and increasing consumer demands.  A combination of high efficacy, low-use rates and an excellent environmental profile make Rynaxypyr(R) a sound choice for growers, farm workers and consumers.

"We are honored to have our scientists recognized for their discovery of Rynaxypyr(R) , a technology that is advancing sustainable agriculture," said James C. Collins, president   DuPont Crop Protection.  "At DuPont, we are committed to bringing new innovations and choices, like Rynaxypyr(R) , to the market to meet growers’ and customers’ diverse needs.

Products powered by Rynaxypyr(R) are registered in more than 60 countries.  In the United States, Rynaxypyr(R) is sold as DuPont(TM) Altacor(R) and DuPont(TM) Coragen(R) and can be used to protect more than 300 crops.

Rynaxypyr(R) and its inventors also have received the 2007 Agrow Award for Most Innovative Chemistry, a 2008 R&D Magazine award and the 2010 American Chemical Society Team Innovation award.

The National Inventor of the Year Award will be presented to the DuPont team on June 10 in Washington, D.C.

DuPont -- one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 20 years ago -- has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.