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STRIDE leadership includes (left to right) James Dinnage, Bob Butera, Clara Lin, and Seetha Coleman-Kammula, Debora Massouda, and Brian Coleman

The Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware, (STRIDE) a group of former DuPont scientists and others with advanced degrees in biology, engineering and physical science, will open a new laboratory at the Delaware Innovation Space on the grounds of the Experimental Station on Oct. 1.

Longwood Foundation provided the startup funds for the new, full-service lab.

More than 85 scientists are ready to offer their services to individual scientists and businesses.

STRIDE Services Inc., a STRIDE affiliate, will offer innovation and research and development services to companies in chemistry and related industries.

“We can help our industrial clients innovate and develop new products and technologies, either by collaborating with their scientists when requested and or working as an extension of their R&D departments,” said Seetha Coleman-Kammula, STRIDE’s president. “Having now secured a move-in ready lab reinforced with our world class industrial scientists, we have the critical resources to offer innovation and R&D services.”

STRIDE will offer resources to help scientists advance their research to the stage where they can patent their inventions, attract funding and launch new businesses.

Coleman-Kammula said many STRIDE members are scientists who have innovative ideas but lacked access to the resources and infrastructure to test and commercialize them until now.

STRIDE is offering membership services, such as networking, training events, marketing and infrastructure for independent research.

“I’m thrilled that STRIDE will open a new laboratory at the Innovation Space this fall,” Gov. John Carney Jr. said. “The group’s members, including many longtime DuPont scientists, will have access to premium lab space and equipment to continue their important work right here in our state.”

Sen. Chris Coons applauded STRIDE for getting scientists back in the lab. “STRIDE approached this situation as only world class scientists would – with patience, focus, determination and open minds. We are a community of neighbors in Wilmington, and I appreciate all the people and organizations who helped STRIDE along their journey to find a permanent home.”

Sen. Tom Carper called STRIDE “a wonderful asset to the scientific community and economy in Delaware.”

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