DuPont Industrial Biosciences will expand its research capabilities in Leiden at a new facility equipped with cutting-edge biotechnology laboratories.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has broken ground on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The facility will utilise the tools of modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable. 

The building will serve as the new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters for DuPont Industrial Biosciences, doubling the potential growth of the current employee base.

“Our Leinden 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 and Global Business Director for Bioactivites 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 up globally competitive,” Herriott continued. 

DuPont has partnered with Dutch developer and construction company Dura Vermeer on the building. The project will receive a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating – a measure of a building’s sustainability and environmental footprint. 

“Oegstgeest is pleased with DuPont establishing a site in our municipality. With DuPont building this facility in the Oegstgeet part of the Leiden Bio Science Park, organisations such as Corpus, Hilton and Avery Denison will be joined by an esteemed neighbour,” said Jan Nieuwenhuis, Alderman Economic Development and Bio Science Park of the Executive Mayor and Alderman 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,” Nieuwenhuis continued.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2020.