On-Site Education

At InformEx

The 2016 On-Site Education Program fostered dialogue on innovation and commercialization trends, regulatory challenges, market dynamics and opportunities for growth within today’s rapidly growing chemical markets including, the broader energy field, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and agrochemicals. Educational sessions also highlighted opportunities in new innovative sub segments such as green chemistry, 3-D printing and electronic chemicals.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Opening Remarks Begin at 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks: Best Practices for Successful Outsourcing Partnerships
Lawrence Sloan, President/CEO of SOCMA

SOCMA CEO and President, Larry Sloan, will open the 2016 meeting by discussing the latest trends in custom contract manufacturing. His opening remarks will look at the drivers that impact a successful partnership and pitfalls to avoid, making sure to take into account the perspectives from both the supplier and customer.

Opening Keynote: Chemistry in Cuba: Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships in the Wake of Open US-Cuba Relations

Luis Alberto Montero-Cabrera, Professor at the University of Havana, President of the Cuban Chemical Society

With US and Cuban relations now beginning to thaw, the opportunities for business development and collaboration could be endless. Hear from Professor Luis Alberto Montero-Cabrera, President of the Cuban Chemical Society and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Havana, as he discusses their more notorious and available scientific achievements in the fields of biotechnology, medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology and how companies and research institutions from the US and abroad could work with Cuba's scientific community to drive innovation and commercial partnerships between and for the good of both countries.


Blue Theater Orange Theater

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Crop Protection's Innovative Future (10:00 - 10:45)

Moderator: John Caudill, Owner, Contract Manufacturing Strategies, LLC

Gary Johansson, Manufacturing Technology Manager, Formulations & Contract Manufacturing, DuPont

John Anderson, Economic Evaluator, Dow Agrosciences

Bob Bryant, Manufacturing Engineer, Valeant

Scott Harding, Formulation and Tolling Team Manager, Syngenta

In this session, representatives from DuPont, Dow Chemical, Valeant and Syngenta will discuss how the crop protection industry is using innovation to create new opportunities, which serve to address recent regulatory scrutiny and herbicide resistance challenges. The innovations that will be discussed include the development of molecules with increased specificity and lower use rates among others.

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Life Science Industry Outlook Panel

Moderator: Theral Timpson, Host and Producer, Mendelspod

Devin Leake, Vice President of R&D and Operations, Gen9 

Dr. Chandra Ramanathan, Senior Director, Innovation Strategy & Global Lead, External Innovation

Rick Mullin, Senior Editor, C&EN News


The host of the popular science podcast Mendelspod will bring together the leaders responsible for driving success across the life sciences to discuss industry trends and opportunities for growth across the drug development continuum in the coming year.

10:45 - 11:15 AM

How Preformulation and Formulation Development Can Optimize API Properties for Better Drug Design

Elanor Pinto, Ph.D, Technical Project Manager, Catalent Micron Technologies

The success of a new chemical entity (NCE) relies on the preformulation screening of lead candidates and robust and efficacious formulation development based on the compound’s physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties. Early stage prediction of these properties is beneficial in selection of suitable technologies in optimizing the bioavailability, safety, and stability of the NCE candidate. Intuitive design of suitable formulation for clinical studies streamline pharmacokinetic and efficacy/toxicity studies leading to pharmacologically effective and developable candidates to reach the clinic and eventually the market faster. Working with reliable and well-established partners with the expertise in preformulation and formulation development results in substantial cost savings and expedites successful development of candidates from clinical to market.

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Exploring the Economic Impact of Electronic Materials on the Mobile Device Industry

Simon McElrea, CEO, Semblant

Electronic materials have more often than not been associated with manufacturing processes and their ability to solve technical challenges or enhance performance. Now, a new line of electronic materials is emerging to help better protect devices from costly returns and repairs due to mechanical and liquid damage. This session will explore the various ways in which innovative chemistry will change the mobile device industry. By adding protective coatings to devices, manufacturers can protect devices from the inside adding value to the electronics supply chain in new and unforeseen ways. The session will also look the environmental considerations for new materials and avoiding the use of harmful substances such as PFOA, PFOA-derivatives and C6 - chemicals known to cause harm that are being systematically banned by companies such as Apple, Nike and Patagonia.

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Regulatory and Inspection Trends 2016– What Suppliers Need to Know Now

Moderator: Scott Watson, Principal, The C=C Bond Group

Robin Kumoluyi, VP and Global Head of Third Party Operations, Novartis Group Quality

Mark Paxton, CEO, Rx-360 

Ben Mills, Pharmaceutical Technical Lead, The British Standards Institute (BSI)

Bill Cope, Senior Director, Enterprise Regulatory Complliance, Johnson & Johnson

Increasing regulatory and inspection requirements, along with multiple threats to the pharmaceutical supply chain, mean that suppliers are under more scrutiny than ever. This hard-hitting panel will discuss recent changes in regulatory and inspection requirements and offer suppliers practical measures to take now. The panelists will include senior quality leaders from pharma, biotech, suppliers, and these with real world experience at the regulatory agencies. We all know that quality is non-negotiable when making materials, which will go into medicines. In this panel you will gain insights, which will help your company stay in compliance and avoid costly errors. This panel will benefit senior business leaders and owners, quality professionals, operations leaders and business development professionals who want the most current information applicable to supplier to the pharmaceutical supply chain.

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Lunch Available

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Synthetic Biology: Ushering in a New Era of Chemical Engineering

Devin Leake, Vice President of R&D and Operations , Gen9

Noah Helman, Co-Founder and CSO, Industrial Microbes

Recently, chemical engineers have begun to take advantage of a promising new approach known as synthetic biology. This emerging method most often uses rational design to genetically modify an organism to produce bio-based components critical to building chemicals, offering the industry a tantalizing new path to chemical processing that reduces reliance on petroleum-based materials. This session will look at how improvements to gene synthesis technology are enabling more efficient, sustainable chemical engineering and the impact this exciting new field of research will have on the fine and specialty chemicals industry. For example, did you know that synthetic biology can be used to convert natural gas to chemicals? San Francisco-based Industrial Microbes will give you a first look at how they plan to produce environmentally-responsible chemicals and fuels using low-cost greenhouse gases as raw materials.


A New Dimension: How 3D Tissue Models Can Help to Advance Compound Development and De-Risking

Randy Strube, Director of Global Marketing, InSphero

Cell-based assays have become an inherent part of drug discovery and development to predict the in vivo response to chemicals, serving as a test system for target validation, primary and secondary screening, lead optimization and toxicological profiling. Advanced 3D tissue models provide a format, which reflects in vivo cellular functionality, either animal or human, as closely as possible, and gain momentum as a time and cost-saving means to improve drug de-risking. Engineering strategies for producing 3D models of various complexity and scalability will be discussed along with their exploitation to further improve the predictive power of in vitro assays.

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2:45 - 3:15 PM

Lessons Learned: Successfully Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies

Mark Warner Founder, Warner Advisors

Significant time and resources have been spent within industrial biotechnology to commercialize innovative fuels and chemicals. Much of this progression began with early stage biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel), moved to advanced biofuels (cellulosic and algae) and has evolved into broad chemical applications. Each of these categories has seen success with facilities being built and becoming operational, while other ventures struggle to put “steel in the ground”. This presentation will review projects over the last 10 years and focus on the factors that allowed certain ventures to move successfully from concept to commercial operation.

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Your Company’s Best Discovery? R&D Tax Credits

Yair Holtzman Partner and Chemicals & Energy Practice Group Leader, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Accountants and Advisors

R&D tax credits are available to all chemical companies that develop new or improved products or processes. Our government offers the research credit as a generous incentive to catalyze innovation by US companies. Importantly, these developments need only be evolutionary to your company, not revolutionary to the industry. This session will allow you to understand if your company is a candidate for R&D tax credits - an opportunity that you should not pass up on. The cash you will receive for activities already being performed can help propel your company’s future growth and success.

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3:30 - 4:00 PM

Chipping in: Opportunities for Growth in the Specialty Chemicals Industry

Aida Jebens, Principal Analyst, IHS

In an environment of intense competition, increased government regulations, and industry structural changes, specialty chemicals manufacturers must continue to innovate in order to stay relevant. Innovation is a “must” whether you are serving the exacting demands of the automotive industry or the fickle needs of the consumer market. This session will provide an overview of the largest end-use markets and regions for specialty chemicals and outline the key trends driving growth. Then it will take a deeper exploration into semiconductor manufacturing, where innovation in chemicals enables the industry to adhere to Moore’s Law. The presentation will highlight some of the major manufacturing trends and show where chemicals play a critical role. It will discuss the major chemicals used in each of the major manufacturing steps, provide current and projected market size, and discuss the key chemical suppliers. Finally, it will outline several critical requirements of how to become a successful chemical supplier to this industry.

Creating an Ecosystem of Open Innovation to Foster External Collaboration in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Dr. Chandra Ramanathan Senior Director, Innovation Strategy & Global Lead, External Innovation, Bayer

Innovation is critical for pharmaceutical companies to bring successful products to address unmet patient needs. Now more than ever, pharmaceutical companies are looking to external partners to inspire innovation, even at the earliest stages of drug development. At Bayer, the goal is to secure sustainable access to future innovation through flexible partnering strategies. The company’s collaboration approach plays an integral role in driving customer value, while simultaneously fostering an innovation ecosystem in an ever-changing industry environment. This presentation will look beyond traditional collaboration models and provide insight into how open innovation sourcing can be used to create highly-networked organizations, which leverage internal crowdsourcing to enhance engagement strategies with partners and customers alike.

4:00 - 5:00 PM


Developing Successful API Manufacturing Partnerships: A CRO Perspective

Rob Duguid, Ph. D., Research Fellow, Chemical Development Department, AMRI

What factors lead to a productive and satisfying API supplier partnership between client and CRO/CMO? Many factors are important, but maybe the key to successful partnerships is an intangible like trust between the two parties. This presentation will focus on AMRI’s approach to building trust with our clients. In particular, a case study will be presented where a low trust customer was transformed into a high trust customer over the course of a six-year relationship which saw their API process transformed from a disaster to a robust process at commercial scale. In a second case study, a serious process failure at plant scale led to a better process which was robust and easier to operate.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Closing Remarks Begin at 8:30 AM

Closing Remarks and Young Innovators Pitch Competition Finalists Present

Closing Keynote: Innovation with Green Chemistry: A Faster Path to Commercialization
John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute, LLC

The use of green chemistry across a range of industries continues to grow rapidly, offering companies an expected direct and indirect cost savings of $65.5 billion by 2020, according to Pike Research. To help companies reap the benefits of this significant trend, InformEx 2016 closing keynote features John Warner, seminal founder of green chemistry, and the co-founder, president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry. Known for his 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, John is the foremost authority on how green chemistry can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. InformEx attendees will learn how to improve composition and profitability of their products and production processes.


Blue Theater Orange Theater

10:00 - 10:30 AM

How to Maximize the Value of Your Business: An Introduction to Value Based Management, and How it Can Transform Your Business

Kevin Ramsier, Managing Partner & CEO, Vesticor Advisors, LLC

Understanding what increases the value of your business, and what specific actions need to be taken to recognize that value are critical concepts for any business growth strategy. The most successful businesses in the world manage their operations with a focus on daily activities that increase the value of the business. Nearly 50% of the businesses in our industry will transition ownership over the next decade, and understanding the key elements that drive business valuations will be more important than ever. The concepts in this session are not just for someone thinking about selling their business soon, they are tested business methods that are best practices for any business.

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Innovating Across The Value Chain: A Collaborative Approach To Solving Sustainability Challenges

Denise Peterson, Global Sustainability Manager for the Chemicals Division, BASF

As the largest chemical company, BASF is an innovation powerhouse that is committed to addressing some of the world’s challenges. This session will focus on the value of working across the product value chain to identify innovation opportunities that meet consumer expectations for products that are efficient, effective and more sustainable. Examples and case studies will be shared.

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10:45 - 11:15 AM

Conflict Mineral Disclosure: Insight into Development International’s 2014 SEC Filing Evaluation

Christopher Bayer, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Development International

What does tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold have to do with the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010? A whole lot it turns out. Tucked away in the Act is a disclosure law targeting these four raw materials that originate from the DRC (Congo). Section 1502 of the law requires public companies to report the origin of the so-called “conflict minerals” contained in their products. Development International (DI) evaluated 1,271 public companies’ “conflict mineral” filings for reporting year 2014 to offer an independent perspective on filers’ conformance with the SEC Rule. The evaluation’s principal instrument features compliance criteria, juxtaposed with a “good practice” metric. DI’s presentation will provide an overview of the act, describe the two evaluation metrics, highlight disclosure results and issues we observed in our evaluation, as well as anticipate reporting challenges for the 2016 disclosure round.

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Strategies For Green-Lighting Your Green Products

Bill Pease, PhD, UL Chief Scientist

The marketplace is hungry for sustainable products. The question for producers of green products is not when to enter, but how to make that entrance pay off via sales, competitive advantage and long-term brand loyalty. The thin line between success and failure lies in making products that both stand out in a crowded market and appeal to the end user. This is a process that UL Information & Insights has honed through engagements with major retailers that identify and reward sustainable products and leading edge manufacturers that design sustainabilty into their products. In this session, you'll be taught UL's process so you can enter the market with confidence. The company’s methodology translates the green attributes and benefits that your customers truly care about into actionable information. Such insights will affect everything from the materials you select and how you formulate them to product design and development. You’ll learn about different definitions of green products and the implications those definitions have on product decisions. Real-world examples of the method at work will bring these principles to life.

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Bridging the Gap Between the Industry Leaders of Today and Future Innovators of Tomorrow: An Interactive Panel on Preparing the Next Generation for Commercial Success

Kenneth J. Polk, Innovation Counsel, Administrator to the ACS Entrepreneurial Resources Center

Keith McGreggor, Ph.D.,Professor of the Practice, School of Interactive Computing, Associate Director, GVU Center, Director, VentureLab, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jan Ramakers, Director, Jan Ramakers Fine Chemical Consulting Group

The US has long been the economic leader of the world. In a large part it was due to the blessing of an abundant supply of natural resources. Thus, it only made sense that the US would take the lead in converting those natural resources into goods and products. However, the world is ever changing. The need of industry to always show a profit has forced an aversion to risk taken. This has cause a backlog of commercializing research ideas. This panel will discuss this issue and methods and training to alleviate this problem and to decrease the risks involved in spending resources on innovation.

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12:00 - 2:00 PM

Lunch Available

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