4637 Contract chemical manufacturer required

A small research company has developed process to extract valuable chemicals from lignocellulose biomass.  It seeks a contract chemical manufacturer for a 3 to 6 month project (with the possibility of ongoing work).

The ideal partner will be located in the West Midlands (or even further south), will have access to nmr and some familiarity with ultrasound.

Innovate 10, a Personal View

Another glossy show – but too many people to network effectively.

The keynote speakers were predictable – “innovation is good”, “Government support is available”.

The workshops produced some memorable sound-morsels (not as big as sound-bites) – “a bunch of well-connected idiots can be much more effective that a lone mad-scientist with an astronomical IQ”, “printed electronic tattoos” and (from the digital people at TSB) a participative card game which posits 2 data collections and an application area (all picked at random) and invites teams to suggest a new product or service. The exercise stretched the imagination and generated a mix of hilarious and halfway usable ideas. It is a methodology which should be compulsory for all KTNs.

Technology Strategy Board Collaboration Nation

TSB held a showcase event in London on 30 March including case studies and 2-minute innovation pitches to stimulate interactions and partnerships between SMEs. [The sub-text was that UK economy desperately needs good, money-making ideas. This event provided a context in which such ideas might be sparked.]

Some of the presentations alluded to problems of material supply and functionality – offering opportunities for chemical companies to enter unfamiliar markets. SORIS will make selected connections between conference delegates and SORIS subscribers.