Chilton honored by National Academy of Inventors

Mary-Dell Chilton produced the first transgenic plant in 1983.
Mary-Dell Chilton produced the first transgenic plant in 1983. | File photo

The National Academy of Inventors honored Mary-Dell Chilton by naming her a fellow, a status awarded to academic inventors and innovators with a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that make an impact on the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. 

The fellows were inducted during the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors on Apr. 15 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.

As one of the founders of modern plant biotechnology, Chilton produced the first transgenic plant in 1983. Currently, Chilton works for Syngenta’s lab in North Carolina where she continues to further her research in plant genetics and biotechnology.

“My career in biotechnology has been an exciting journey, and I am amazed to see the progress we have made over the years,” Chilton said. “My hope is that through continued scientific discoveries, we will be able to provide a brighter and better future for the generations that follow us. I am proud of my efforts and my Syngenta colleagues’ continued drive to innovate new ways to deliver solutions to farmers.”

In 2015, 18 million farmers in 28 countries used biotech crops which amounted to nearly 450 million acres of biotech crops.

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