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“Killer paper” holds promise, and danger?

 Source: ACS The march of nanotech silver particles in the fight against bacteria seems relentless. Readers of this blog may recall the technology lies at the heart of the Tata Chemicals’ Swach water filter which won the ICIS Innovation Awards in 2010. And the chances are your socks also contain silver nanoparticles to fight […]

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Key patent activity rises in 2010

Patent activity is often taken as a proxy to measure innovation, at the company, sector or country level. So the recent findings from Thomson Reuters Derwent in its World Patents Index for 2010 makes interesting reading. Not only does the report show who is most active in 12 key technology areas, but it offers an insight to chemical producers […]

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Five innovation mistakes

Companies have been wrestling with getting the most out of their innovation spend for many years. Most have developed tactics and strategies for dealing with ideas generation, incubation, pipeline filling and project assessment and culling. But none of these answers the question: why are some companies, or individuals come to that, more successful than others? Richard Watson, who […]

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Mega-trend focus grows

Recent news from Clariant that it is investing Euro50m in a new global innovation centre in Frankfurt, Germany, came with the statement that "our product innovations will also address current mega-trends such as renewable energies, energy efficiency and renewable resources with a view to opening up new business opportunities beyond current markets." The new centre […]

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ICIS Innovation Award winners celebrate

As this innovation blog is brand new, I thought I'd take the chance to bring everyone up to date with the results of the ICIS Innovation Awards for 2010.These Awards are sponsored overall by silicone specialist Dow Corning and with category sponsorship by consultancy CRA International and distributor U.S. Chemicals. Full details are on the Awards […]

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SusChem head reveals aims

SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, continues to evolve as a force to stimulate innovation in chemicals and biotechnology in Europe. It was good to see its new chairman Paul-Joel Derian from French speciality chemical company Rhodia championing its efforts in an interview published by International Innovation.  Paul-Joel Derian now heads up […]

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Chemicals innovation spend holds up

Some positive news on innovation spend came my way recently. Anecdotal reports that chemical companies protected spending on innovation through the downturn were confirmed by the annual Booz & Company survey of the Top 1,000 corporate spenders on R&D.It found that, for 2009 compared to 2008, the top publicly-listed chemical and energy sector spenders on […]

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Welcome to the Chemicals and Innovation blog

 John Baker is a global editor at ICIS and was for many years editor of European Chemical News, now ICIS Chemical Business   Welcome to the Chemicals and Innovation blog. I’m John Baker, global editor at ICIS responsible for custom publishing and the ICIS Innovation Awards.  My aim in this blog is to discuss a wide […]

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