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Chemical Regulation in China and Europe: Font of Innovation?

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


As regulations tighten in the chemical industry, the debate as to whether this hinders or encourages innovation rages. Recent examinations of the effects of the extensive REACh law appear to indicate that there may not be much impact at all. Continue reading “Chemical Regulation in China and Europe: Font of Innovation?” »

Continuous Epiphany for Pharma

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


By Nilfanion (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Is it the FDA or the drug manufacturers who are late to the party for continuous manufacturing? Continue reading “Continuous Epiphany for Pharma” »

Chemical Processing Industries in Spotlight – issues, trends and future

Posted on April 15th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


In April of 2013, Mother Jones published an article with the bombastic title of “The Chemical Industry is the Big Tobacco of the 21st Century.”  Continue reading “Chemical Processing Industries in Spotlight – issues, trends and future” »

Competent(cy) Innovation

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


The goal of innovation should not only be novelty and uniqueness, but to also to commercialize products (and companion products) that have long-term competitive advantage.  Sustained competitive advantage can make a good innovation a great innovation.  Continue reading “Competent(cy) Innovation” »

Building Great Engineering Teams

Posted on April 13th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Success in modern engineering is powered by effective teams. Almost all of the products we create, systems we innovate and problems we solve are too big and too complex to handle on our own. Continue reading “Building Great Engineering Teams” »

Leading a Venture within a Corporation

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Finally, after many months of making a business case to the C suite, you get the approval to fund a transformational project across two businesses or with a major partner. You’re ready to execute. So how is this different than leading any other innovation project? Continue reading “Leading a Venture within a Corporation” »

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