21 January - 22 January 2019

Formulation Forum: Disruptive Technologies

Organised by:

SCI's Formulation Forum

London, UK


This is the second 2-day workshop organised by the Formulation Forum after the highly successful inaugural event in January 2018. Disruptive innovations can bring rewards to early uptakers and penalties to slow uptakers. But what is a disruptive technology and how do you spot the new disruptive technologies from the distractions of novelties and niches? How to extrapolate what is happening in other fields of science and technology into your field and ultimately formulation? What opportunities will AI in formulation optimisation and design allow for faster development of formulated products through prediction?

New capabilities of technological hardware will change the way formulations are used in the future and how will formulations need to be adapted to work with the technology? How can formulations be tailored to the needs of individuals? How do you identify new science coming from academia which could be the seed for the disruptive forces affecting formulation on the horizon? Join us in January to be part of this thought-provoking event and discussions.


Formulation Forum events are equally open to major companies, SME’s, academics and students from all areas, including scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, marketing experts and business managers with an interest in formulation innovation and science. For students and academics this is a unique opportunity to learn about some of the fascinating opportunities arising  in formulation.


Monday 21 January 2019

10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.45 Welcome from the SCI Formulation Forum - Disruptive Technologies
Dr Malcolm Faers, SCI Formulation Forum Chairman
10.55 Transforming formulation into a disruptive platform
Ian Shott, Arcinova

Session 1 - Modelling, AI and data processing in formulation

11.40 Modelling complex fluids for industrial applications
Dr Massimo Noro, UK Research & Innovation, Science and Technology Facilities Council
12.05 Making high performance computing essential to the formulation industry
Dr Breanndán Ó Conchúir, IBM
12.30 Lost in Formulation Space? Using the HLD system to aid predictive design in cosmetics
Dr Jonathon Booth, Croda
12.55 Lunch, posters and exhibition
14.10 SCI Formulation Forum innovation in formulation and formulation science award
Flash presentations from the short-listed nominees

Session 2 - Processing technology and hardware

14.40 Novel manufacturing techniques for formulation
Prof Harris Makatsoris, Cranfield University
15.05 Development of 3D printing and automation methods for the biofabrication of artificial tissues
Dr Sam Olof, OxSyBio
15.30 Refreshment break, posters and exhibition
16.00 Upscaling membrane emulsification techniques to industrially meaningful production quantities
Dr Marijana Dragosavac, Loughborough University
16.25 Panel Discussion - how do we overcome the barriers for new processing technologies?
17.10 Networking and refreshments

Conference dinner and Formulation Award presentation

Tuesday 22 January 2019

09.00 Welcome

Session 3 - Industrial examples of disruptive innovation

09.10 Oil dispersion formulation design - leveraging science for innovative solutions
Dr Malcolm Faers, Bayer
09.35 Farming with robots
Prof Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University

Session 4 - Personalised Delivery in Formulation

10.00 Direct tissue engineering approaches for regenerative biology and medicine
Prof Suwan N. Jayasinghe, Bioengineering, BioPhysics Group Department of Mechanical Engineering University College
10.25 Refreshment break, poster and exhibition
10.55 Microneedles: Formulation and device challenges
Dr Faz Chowdhury, Nemaura Pharma Limited
11.20 Formulating for 3D printing personalised medicine
Dr Laura Ruiz Cantu, Nottingham University
11.45 Panel Discussion - how do we spot the new disruptive innovations?
12.30 Lunch, posters and exhibition
13.45 Initiatives from the SCI Formulation Forum
Various speakers from SCI Formulation Forum
14.00 CPI Update

Session 5 - Opportunities for disruptive science

14.05 Microfluidic approaches for accelerated stability studies of formulations under external fields
Prof João T. Cabral, Imperial College London
14.30 Discovery and application of unusual bacterial proteins for stabilising interfaces and surfaces
Prof Cait Macphee, University of Edinburgh
14.55 Controlling droplets in slippery situations
Dr Gary Wells, Northumbria University
15.20 Ionic Lliquids in formulations
Dr Malgorzata Swadzba-Kwasny, Queen’s University Belfast
15.45 Poster prizes and closing remarks
16.00 End of conference

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Friday 21 December 2018

£150 SCI Member
£50 SCI Student Member
£75 SCI Subsidised Member
£200 Non-Member


Standard fees after Friday 21 December 2018

£200 SCI Member
£80 SCI Student Member
£100 SCI Subsidised Member
£270 Non-Member


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Call for Posters

Poster abstract submissions are invited from academia and industry containing appropriate scientific/technical content for research carried out in the last three years and will be selected on preference for those which involve:

  • A demonstration of disruptive ideas, techniques and technologies which are or could partner with formulation related products and projects.
  • Novel and innovate applications of science in formulation design utilising new technologies
  • Good examples of networking across formulation communities and associated parties

An abstract of a maximum of 300 words should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Thursday 20 December 2018 with the subject line “Disruptive Technologies - poster abstract submission”. Prizes will be awarded for the best poster.

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