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InformexUSA Announces ‘Profiles in Sustainability’ Winners for 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. Feb. 9, 2011 Informex

Georgia Institute of Technology

The three companies honored as ‘Sustainability Innovators’ were Zeon Corporation, Novomer and DSM. According to the judging panel, some of the most important factors in their success was the extent of the green impact and the distinctiveness of the technology.

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Jennifer Jessup

Designed to encourage wide ranging submissions from companies participating at InformexUSA 2011, entry guidelines allow for a great deal of flexibility in terms of subject matter.  The only true requirements are that the submission must be either a ‘product innovation,’ ‘process innovation,’ or ‘other green innovation’, must adhere to one or more of the twelve principles of green chemistry and be viable on a commercial scale.

Zeon Corporation won the ‘product’ category for their submission ‘A High Performance Ether Solvent, Cyclopentyl Methyl Ether (CPME)’. Zeon manufactures CPME by the catalytic addition of MeOH to Cyclopentene, which is an atom economical reaction. The solvent, in use since 2005, offers extensive cost savings and waste reduction over classic Tetrahydrofuran (THF), most notably, 78% cost reduction and 80% waste reduction.


DSM’s submission, ‘Corporate Commitment to Sustainability as a Business Driver and Response to Pharmaceutical R&D and Manufacturing’, won the ‘other’ category. The submission covered route scouting services that lead to cost savings through identifying ways to streamline processes for clients. These route scouting services provide the following to customers:

  • Cost advantage by finding ‘The Most Sustainable Synthesis Route’
  • Robustness in ‘A Proven Scalable Tech Package’
  • Secured competitive advantage by offering ‘IP Protection Of Your Innovative Syntheses’
  • Flexibility in ‘Implementation At The Most Appropriate Manufacturing Partner’

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