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Genencor to build Center of Excellence in Cedar Rapids

The project will have a capital investment of approximately $3.5 million and will create about 20 new positions. 
The project is subject to formal approval for financial assistance, which
includes direct financial assistance, tax credits and property tax exemptions from the City of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College, and the State of Iowa.
Pending approval, construction is scheduled to be complete between the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, at the company’s 80-acre manufacturing site located at 1000 41st Avenue Drive, Southwest.
“This is yet another positive development in the growth of the grain processing, ethanol and biotechnology industries in Iowa,” said Iowa’s Governor Chet Culver.  “Companies like Genencor are attracted not only to Iowa’s corn production, but to our robust opportunities to build business and attract skilled workers. They are part of a sustainable future for the region and for the country as a whole.”

Fuel ethanol and carbohydrate processing customers will be able to solve real-world production challenges at the center. (Carbohydrate processing involves making products such as food sweeteners.) The center will include a fully equipped laboratory for analysis and testing, and some of the industry’s top technicians and scientists at Genencor. It also will provide extensive training facilities for customers and staff to build technical knowledge.
 “This project supports our mission to continue to provide the most advanced enzyme applications technologies to make grain processing production more efficient and effective,” said Troy Wilson, vice president, Grain Processing, for Genencor. “Priority One, the business community, city and state government officials have all contributed to making Cedar Rapids a key location for this business.”
“Genencor’s training facility is a prime example of how the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor is positioned to serve the rapidly growing industrial biotechnology industry," added Mark Seckman, President of Priority One. “Priority One will aggressively assist Genencor through our workforce initiatives to attract the talent needed to fulfill the highly skilled positions for the operation.” 
“The Iowa Department of Economic Development is happy to be a strategic partner with the City of Cedar Rapids and Priority One in this project,” said Mike Tramontia, Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development.  “This project creates opportunities that attract working professionals in the biotechnology sector.  These positions, coupled with the quality of life offered in the Cedar Rapids area, provide a state-wide model for business attraction.”
“Genencor has a great history in Cedar Rapids,” stated Mayor Halloran. “The people who work at Genencor are very involved in our community and I am glad our continued investment resulted in Genencor's decision to locate their training facility in Cedar Rapids.”  

For further information, please contact:

Mark Seckman, President
Priority One
tel: + 1 319 730 1420

Jennifer Allison Hutchins
Manager Division Communication
tel: + 1 585 256 6973

Danisco Animal Nutrition Achieves FDA Agreement for Highly Cost Effective Phytase Dose for Swine

MARLBOROUGH, UK, June 5, 2013 - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont, will celebrate over 25 years of animal nutrition innovation at World Pork Expo in Iowa by showcasing tried and tested nutritional solutions to help overcome key challenges currently facing the pork industry worldwide. As animal producers face rising feed prices as a result of weather volatility, escalating oil costs and other market factors, it will become increasingly important to improve the efficiency by which animals convert feed into protein and to shorten the cycle time of production.  

Achieving optimum performance and cost benefits from increasingly complex mixes of raw materials is an issue facing all animal producers and we have a rich heritage of providing innovative new solutions to help them achieve these goals. For example, our innovative, patented bacterial phytase, Axtra® PHY, minimizes the anti-nutrient and energy draining effects of phytate throughout the digestive system.  Porzyme®, a xylanase-based enzyme solution, reduces fibre-related anti-nutrient effects and improves performance and feed cost effectiveness by allowing addition of cheap fibrous energy sources - such as DDGS and wheat middlings - to corn diets. Extensive trials have shown faster and more efficient gain in pigs at all stages of growth, with economic benefits of up to $2.72 per pig in the late finishing phases. 

We will also showcase solutions that help producers to be more environmentally sustainable and spend less money on complying with increasingly strict legislation.  To use a local example, the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan for stepped-up regulation around manure management will put producers in Iowa and their 20 million hogs at the centre of a national debate on the sheer cost of compliance.  Maximizing  production needn’t mean that more resources will have to be spent on managing pollution if additives are used that improve digestibility and reduce the resulting harmful effects of animal waste.  Axtra® PHY and Phyzyme® XP, the first E.coli phytase on the market, are hugely effective in slashing manure application costs by reducing phosphorus in the manure. We are also advancing phytase thermostability with our TPT technology to ensure ease of use.

Producers can also achieve performance benefits even before piglets are born and continue to save them money as they grow using our Betafin® natural betaine solution, which will also be featured at the show.  An osmolyte and methyl donor produced in a highly-purified form from sugar beet, Betafin® natural betaine is particularly effective during the dry summer months when heat stress is an issue and fertility can also be depressed.  As a methyl donor, Betafin® natural betaine improves biological functions such as reproduction, increasing litter size and piglet vitality.  In addition, it offers wide-ranging osmolytic benefits during weaning when dehydration is a major challenge and thus helps alleviate the impact of weaning stress on piglet performance.  For grower finisher pigs, Betafin® natural betaine has been shown to improve daily lean gain via its energy boosting role. 

Gwendolyn Jones, technical services manager at Danisco Animal Nutrition commented, “Making a profit on pigs is a challenge in an increasingly volatile and regulated environment. Our goal is to develop innovative combined and single additive solutions that help pig farmers stay on course for profitable pig production in a sustainable way”

For more information on how Danisco Animal Nutrition can improve producer profitability through enhanced animal performance, visit us at World Pork Expo, Booth #732 VIB or email us at

Danisco Animal Nutrition ( pioneered the development and use of enzymes and betaine in animal nutrition. Its products are now widely used by poultry and pig producers throughout the world. The company’s mission is to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions that increase efficiency and safety of the food production chain in an environmentally sensitive way. In May 2011, DuPont acquired Danisco forming a global leader in Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences. Danisco Animal Nutrition is a business unit of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. 

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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