Volume 95 Issue 35 | p. 14 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 4, 2017

Ex-DuPont scientists launch contract research firm

Delaware group hopes to employ scientists, bolster research with a lease on lab space at DuPont Experimental Station
Department: Business
Keywords: Outsourcing, contract research, startups, DuPont, Delaware
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STRIDE board members. Seetha Coleman-Kammula, president, is fourth from left.
Credit: STRIDE
A photo of six STRIDE board members.
 
STRIDE board members. Seetha Coleman-Kammula, president, is fourth from left.
Credit: STRIDE

A nonprofit group formed by mostly ex-DuPont scientists has leased lab space in a building at the DuPont Experimental Station. The group, called the Science, Technology & Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE), will use the facilities to operate as a contract research organization for corporate clients and to function as an incubator for start-up businesses.

STRIDE will be among the first tenants to occupy space in the Delaware Innovation Space, a business incubator started up at the Experimental Station in June by DuPont, the State of Delaware, and the University of Delaware. Both STRIDE and the Innovation Space are part of an effort to attract business and employ some of the more than 200 scientists let go in a 2016 R&D reorganization just after DuPont and Dow Chemical announced their merger.

“Many of our industrial clients have been waiting for us to secure lab space,” says Seetha Coleman-Kammula, a Ph.D. chemist who heads STRIDE. Beginning Oct. 1, when it moves into its 70-m2 home, the group will be prepared to offer clients expertise in areas including polymers, computational chemistry, and organometallic synthesis.

STRIDE also intends to offer services to entrepreneurs. The group aims to help scientists advance their research to a stage where they can secure patents, attract funding, and launch businesses.

Delaware Innovation Space President William D. Provine says he expects to sign leases soon with other groups that can benefit by being in a start-up community and near corporate researchers from the likes of DuPont and the drug company Incyte. The mix of start-ups at the Innovation Space will likely include biobased as well as chemistry-related endeavors, he says.

 
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Comments
Dr. Deepanjan Banerjee (Tue Sep 05 09:20:04 EDT 2017)
GOOD INITIATIVE .
Debra Richardson (Tue Sep 05 09:54:40 EDT 2017)
I really love this concept of morphing grassroots with corporate connections. Go, STRIDE!
KM (Tue Sep 05 12:28:36 EDT 2017)
Typical Dupont - the only people actually named in the article are NOT the laid-off former Dupont scientists who created and will form the backbone of STRIDE, and who's hard work and creativity will be required if it is successful. Instead, only a consultant (Coleman-Kammula) and Dupont management (Provine) get any credit, the others remain nameless.
William Rubin (Wed Sep 20 20:30:29 EDT 2017)
Kind of goes along with the fact that whenever something is made in the lab, the supervisor's name is associated with it as opposed to the actual lab personnel who actually synthesized the substance. DuPont has too much of a top elitist knuckleheaded mentality that still has remnants of calling scientists with degrees technicians.
Jayaja (Tue Sep 05 22:55:48 EDT 2017)
Good initiative and look forward for a fascinating science & technology from STRIDE. Good luck to all...
Saeed Karimipour (Tue Sep 05 23:55:55 EDT 2017)
I think that it's fantastic that a group of people decided to band together to help the world of science prosper and help upcoming companies to make an impact.
Pradip Kumar Mishra (Thu Sep 07 02:04:45 EDT 2017)
I would like to be part of the initiative...
P M Peacock (Sun Sep 17 11:55:43 EDT 2017)
Hi Pradip,

We would love to talk to you! Please message me through LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2fdoo2G
Thanks!
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