21 January - 22 January 2020

From Science to Shelf: Innovating through Formulation

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SCI's Formulation Forum

London, UK

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How can we successfully commercialise our formulation innovations? The innovative application of formulation science in industry has huge potential to create great commercial value and significant benefits for society. But how can a start-up fast track its product development process? How should different organisations partner-up? What must employees, academics or aspiring entrepreneurial students consider to commercially exploit their inventions? How can large companies innovate against 'big company inertia'?

This is the third two-day workshop organised by SCI's Formulation Forum and it follows the highly successful 'Disruptive Innovations' workshop in January 2019. In that workshop, we discussed the future of formulation science and how it meets future challenges today. In this workshop, we will discuss and showcase how today's ideas can become a commercial reality. Why? Innovation is critical due to rapidly increasing competition in a shrinking world, constant commoditization and a drive for shorter product lifecycles to deliver faster growth. Companies are engaged in blocking and leap-frogging the competition, reducing their supplier’s power and reducing the chance of competitor substitutes.

Internal processes to structure innovation are as important as external services and cooperation. Industry has adopted new innovation models and moved on from the old ivory tower model of R&D to modern debate on exploration versus exploitation, buying in, repurposing for new markets or engaging in co-operative projects.

Join us in January to partake in thoughtful discussions on how to successfully realise formulation innovations and connect with formulations experts with similar ideas and interests.

SCI's 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. This event is especially suited to those in academia and industry that are looking to improve their current innovation practices or entrepreneurs and future research employees looking for advice and support.
Programme Highlights
  • Case studies from industry and academia
  • Networking opportunities and poster session
  • Formulation Science Award
  • Connect with the formulation community

The full programme will be announced in due course.

Confirmed Speakers
Keynote Speaker
  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Genius Foods
Session 1: Academic Routes to Innovation
  • Dr Natasha Boulding, Plastech Innovation, Durham University
  • Prof Daniel Bonn, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr Andrew Howe, AQDOT, University of Cambridge
Session 2: Start-up/SME Routes to Innovation
  • Bill Eibon, Adawe Material Science, HygraTek
  • David Skuse, Fiberlean
  • William Weaver, Applied Graphene Materials
Session 3: Industrial Routes to Innovation
  • Darren Budd, BASF
  • Dr Becky Pennington, Synthomer
  • Dr Nicole Kolmer Anderl, Kronos
Session 4: Funding and Services for Innovation
  • Caroline Kelly, CPI
  • Christopher Mason, Appleyard Lees
  • Chris Bagley, Innovate UK

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

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Call for posters

Abstracts covering any area of formulation are invited for poster presentation. Abstracts should be sent by email to conferences@soci.org by Monday 2 December 2019 with the subject "Formulation Forum - poster abstract".

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Organising Committee
  • Jim Bullock, SCI / iFormulate
  • Malcolm Faers, SCI / Bayer
  • Carl Formstone, Syngenta
  • Jade Owen, SCI / Intertek Melbourn
  • Carl Roeschlaub, SCI / Synthomer
  • Neil Simpson, SCI / Borchers