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American Chemical Society, Council for Chemical Research to hold R&D symposium Aug. 22
Date:8/11/2010

BOSTON, Aug. 11, 2010 The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) will hold a special half-day symposium to address the critical challenge of keeping the United States' chemical enterprise competitive, and the central role research and development (R&D) will play in this process. Entitled "Translational Chemical R&D: The Driving Force for Job Creation," the event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 22, during the ACS National Meeting & Exposition here. The symposium, which includes a half-dozen experts from the chemical enterprise, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 210A of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. A private reception for further discussion with the speakers and other R&D leaders will follow the symposium.

"With annual sales of $689 billion, the chemical sector employs nearly 1 million workers and has long shown a positive trade balance," explained CCR Executive Director Paul Mendez. "But it is now threatened by the same offshoring trends that have decimated the U.S. machine tool, steel and consumer electronics industries. This symposium will look at how innovation can reverse this trend and maintain the chemical industry export success story."

The symposium will be divided into two sessions. In the first, presenters will explore big picture trends and new tools to maximize the impact of R&D. In the second session, presenters will focus on tools to translate R&D to commercialization, such as open collaboration, venture investment in spin-offs, and R&D centers or hubs.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PRESENTATIONS IN THE R&D SYMPOSIUM ARE EMBARGOED UNTIL SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 1:30 p.m., EASTERN TIME.

Scheduled presenters in the R&D symposium are:

  • Montgomery Alger, Ph.D.
    Chief Technology Officer
    Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
    Allentown, Penn.
    Board of Dir
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Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

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