3 September 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.
Tuesday 21 January
Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Building a bakery business, founded on new thinking – a genius journey
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Genius Foods
Session 1: Academic exploitation routes
Plastech Innovation: from bottle caps to concrete, a student spinout
Scott Bush, Plastech Innovation, Durham University
Squall-the development of a new anti-drift adjuvant for agricultural spraying
Prof Daniel Bonn, University of Amsterdam
Stopping smells and curing cancer: Aqdot's application of supramolecular chemistry
Dr Andrew Howe, AQDOT, University of Cambridge
Lunch, exhibition and poster session
Formulation Forum Award presentations
A brief introduction to the CPI
Dr Tony Jackson, CPI
Session 2: Start-up / SME exploitation route and stories
I2C – A force field comparison of success factors and failure modes along the journey from innovation to commercialization
Bill Eibon, Adawe Material Science, HygraTek
The challenge of innovating in the 2D nano space
William Weaver, Applied Graphene Materials
Sustainable mineral / microfibrillated cellulose formulation additives: the FiberLean Technologies story
David Skuse, Fiberlean
Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session
Panel discussion
Networking reception
Conference dinner and Formulation Forum Award
Wednesday 22 January
Welcome and introduction
Session 3: Industrial stories
Formulating Relationships: How collaborations thrive (& fail) between multinationals and innovate start-ups / SMEs
Darren Budd, BASF
Challenges with non-core innovation: moving to new business opportunities
Dr Becky Pennington, Synthomer
Innovation at KRONOS – from idea generation to product launch
Dr Nicole Kolmer-Anderl, Kronos
Innovation: a process paradox
Dr Kathryn Knight, Croda
Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session
Panel discussion
Optimisation of nasal drug product for systemic delivery
David Ward, Intertek Melbourn
SCI Updates
SCI Update
Sharon Todd, SCI
Formulation Forum Update
Dr Malcolm Faers, SCI Formulation Forum
Lunch, exhibition and poster session
Session 4: Funding and routes to commercialistion
Patents for formulations – not so obvious!
Christopher Mason, Appleyard Lees
UK innovation landscape – Funding and support through the valley of death!
Dr Matthew Reeves, KTN
Venture investing in instrument start-ups
Kate Ronayne, Longwall Venture Partners
The role of CPI’s National Formulation Centre in supporting innovation in formulation
Dr Caroline Kelly, CPI
Poster prizes
Closing remarks

The Innovation in Formulation and Formulation Science Award

The award recognises formulation innovations equally in both business and academia: The Innovation in Formulation and Formulation Science Award. The award acknowledges leading work where formulation innovation has delivered new solutions that lead and inspire the formulation community.

Submissions are invited from scientists, both in academia and industry, for formulation science and formulation related developments which are considered worthy of the Formulation and Formulation Science award.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Application deadline: Wednesday 11 December 2019

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 16 December 2019 with the subject "Formulation Forum - poster abstract".

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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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, SCI / Syngenta
  • Jade Owen, SCI / Johnson Matthey
  • Carl Roeschlaub, SCI / Synthomer
  • Neil Simpson, SCI / Borchers