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How to Measure the Effectiveness of R&D Based Innovation

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Like it or not, we work in an environment where corporate shareholders, board of directors and the C-suite want to see a return on their investment in R&D-based innovation. This has become a significant challenge for technology and marketing executives to answer. Continue reading “How to Measure the Effectiveness of R&D Based Innovation” »

Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation

Posted on August 18th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

A few weeks ago, polymer and intermediate producer Invista issued a press release stating “Improved enforcement of IP [Intellectual Property] laws in China encourages world-class technologies”, announcing that “Invista confidently pursues licensing activities after resolving trade secret cases.” The company indeed recently resolved arbitration against a Chinese producer for use of Invista´s PTA production technology. Continue reading “Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation” »

When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals

Posted on August 4th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Chemical producers often refer to products as becoming “commoditized” as the market becomes more competitive resulting in a drop in profitability.  This is a fair characterization for commodity chemicals such as ethylene or methanol that by definition cannot be differentiated.  Continue reading “When Bad Things Happen to Good Chemicals” »

Research and Development: The Struggle is Real!

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

I have spent most of my career serving in research and development teams. A couple of years ago I was asked during a meeting, “How long will this development project take?” Continue reading “Research and Development: The Struggle is Real!” »

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