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The bio-based solutions created in Leiden will have a direct impact on some of the most pressing societal issues of today: reducing food waste; reducing the environmental impacts of livestock farming and improving animal health; producing renewable fuels; and lowering environmental impacts in the textile and laundry industries.
The capacity of the new site in Oegstgeest will double the potential for growth of the current employee base, with the potential of creating an additional 100 jobs at the facility, including research and development, application development, marketing, sales and customer service. The building will serve as the new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters for DuPont Industrial Biosciences.

“Our Leiden scientists have been developing innovations that enable our customers to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their processes and products for many years,” said Simon Herriott, Vice President & Global Business Director for Bioactives at DuPont. “This new facility will enable our teams to do even more – to improve the pace of biotechnology and the speed with which we can deliver it to market. The ecosystem of talent, academia and community we find in the Leiden Bio Science Park is ideal for our work and for keeping us globally competitive.”
“Oegstgeest is pleased with DuPont establishing a site in our municipality. With DuPont building this facility in the Oegstgeest part of the Leiden Bio Science Park, organizations such as Corpus, Hilton and Avery Denison will be joined by an esteemed neighbor,” commented Jan Nieuwenhuis, Alderman Economic Development and Bio Science Park of the Executive Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Oegstgeest. “We are pleased to welcome such an internationally oriented, science-driven and socially responsible company as DuPont into the region, which undoubtedly will impact local job development.”

DuPont has partnered with Dutch developer and construction company Dura Vermeer on the building in Oegstgeest, which will cover 7250 square meters, a doubling of the capacity of the current facility for the business. The project will receive a BREEAM “Excellent” rating – an impressive measure of a building’s sustainability and environmental footprint. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

“The design is in the service of the employees,” said Director Peter Krop of Dura Vermeer. “Ultimately, it is about creating the right inspiring and flexible working environment. We are proud to be able to add DuPont to our customer list.”

The construction marks an important milestone in the growth of the company, with the new site in Oegstgeest being an important hub for business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences

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European approach of the energy transition

SET Fund III invests in European early growth-stage companies that can impact the future of the energy markets worldwide. With this fund in fund investment, ENERGIIQ accelerates the transition towards clean energy and makes sure that Zuid-Holland is in the picture of European investors and entrepreneurs. It also ensures that ENERGIIQ is actively involved in European energy innovation developments.

ENERGIIQ is one of the investors in this third fund of SET Ventures, and joined forces with European Investment Fund, Korys, PTT Group Thailand, Shell Ventures, BNP Paribas, Sitra and BOM Brabant Ventures to make SET Fund III possible.

SET Fund III will primarily focus on companies that work on balancing the electricity grid, energy distribution and storage or energy saving.

Collaboration in knowledge and capital

Rene Savelsberg, Managing Partner SET Ventures: “We are very pleased with ENERGIIQ’S participation in SET Fund III. It is clear that ENERGIIQ, managed by InnovationQuarter, has a lot to offer to early growth stage companies impacting the future energy system based in the province of Zuid-Holland or those that want to land sufficient relevant business in the region. ENERGIIQ reflects our vision that focussing with deep understanding of the granularities of the energy sector will lead to the best investment decisions. Together we will contribute substantially to the reduction of CO2 both in the region as well as on a European level.”

Nienke Vledder, fund manager at ENERGIIQ:

Our investment in SET Fund III supports our search for technology that contributes to the energy transition in Zuid-Holland.

“In addition, the SET Ventures team is well-established and up to date on developments regarding energy transition. Warm ties with a reputable partner such as SET Ventures is valuable to energy companies in Zuid-Holland with both knowledge and capital.”