Archive | March, 2011

Bio-economy needs supply chain innovation

Chemical companies are striving to embrace bio-based production to ensure their long-term sustainability. But there are many issues to resolve and questions to answer. Most, if not all, major chemical producers and major agriculture combines are looking at the potential for renewable raw materials to replace petrochemical feedstocks, in some areas of their operations at […]

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Innovation ahead for hair dyes?

Technological progress may be fast-paced in many fields, but one mundane area has been almost left in the doldrums for the last 150 years: The basic technology for permanently colouring hair. That’s the conclusion of an analysis of almost 500 articles and patents on the chemistry of permanent hair dyeing, which foresees much more innovation […]

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Oxford Catalysts raises £21m

As the organiser of the ICIS Innovation Awards each year, it’s always rewarding to see winning companies making progress with their innovations. This week, Oxford Catalysts, winner of the SME category in 2009 has raised a further £21m in funding to progress its innovative microreactor technology that can be used to convert biomass and biowaste into […]

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Open innovation thoughts

Gwen Ruta This interesting post came my way this morning, offering some thoughts on open innovation and why it is important. It is written by Environmental Defense Fund’s Gwen Ruta and first appeared on FastCompany‘s Expert Bloggers series.EDF and Innocentive recently announced a partnership aimed at accelerating environmental innovation in business. 

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