Stephanie Kwolek, the DuPont Co. scientist whose research on polymers in the 1960s led to the creation of Kevlar, the light, super-strong synthetic fabric used in bulletproof vests and body armor credited with saving thousands of lives, has died. She was 90.
DuPont Co. is known for its dominance in chemicals, but since becoming chief executive officer in 2009, Ellen Kullman has pushed the 210-year-old company into unexpected new businesses. Kullman discusses her plans in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Aug. 13 edition.
Eli Lilly & Co. Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter said during a panel discussion in Washington that U.S. lawmakers should renew the research-and- development tax credit to make it easier for companies to compete globally. The Oct. 5 event, sponsored by Harvard University and the Business Roundtable and hosted by Bloomberg News in Washington, centered on ways to spur innovation.
DuPont Co., the maker of Pioneer genetically modified corn, was sued for $1 billion by an investment fund that claims company directors promoted herbicide-resistant crop traits knowing they didn’t work.
DuPont Co., the biggest producer of titanium dioxide pigment, is considering whether earnings volatility from the whitening chemical mean the business should be sold, Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman said.