Innovation Day 2019
On Innovation Day emerging industry leaders come together to celebrate today’s innovations in the chemical industry and to seek solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. By taking early-career scientists out of the lab and giving them broader access to their colleagues and to the historical and social context of their research, Innovation Day supports a 21st-century chemical enterprise that addresses society’s most pressing needs.
Attendees spend the day hearing from leaders across the scientific enterprise who are actively engaged in building the foundation for the next generation. Sessions this year will follow three tracks: waste, renewal, and next-generation chemical production.
Director, Impact–Circular Economy, Quadia
Andrea Brown has more than 15 years of sustainability expertise. She currently works for Quadia, an impact finance company in Switzerland, where she helps accelerate the circular and regenerative economy by overseeing the impact strategy of more than $150 million in equity and debt investments.
She is the former director of circular economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which brought together more than 40 leading companies with a combined revenue of over $1.3 trillion with the ambition to mainstream the circular economy in global Fortune 500 companies. Brown also steered a global coalition to deliver leadership to the plastics leakage issue, focused on driving investment forward in reprocessing technologies and waste management infrastructure. She has delivered and supported various publications, including the U.N. Environment Assembly’s Global Chemicals Outlook and several reports on the circular economy.
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.
This year’s Moore Medal will be awarded to John Sworen. Learn more.
The Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today the medal is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. William Henry Perkin was a founding member of SCI, and this medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.
This year’s Perkin Medal will be awarded to Chad A. Mirkin at a ceremony following the Innovation Day events. Learn more.
The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation
Global Chemicals Research Manager, ExxonMobil
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
Senior Technology Advisors, W. R. Grace & Co.
Research and Development Director, Dow Advanced Materials
Vice-President, Chemical Technology, Chemtura, Inc.
Global Technology Leader, Biomaterials, DowDuPont Specialty Products
Manager, R&D Acetyls, BDO, and Olefins Research, LyondellBasell