With more than two dozen West Virginia-based craft breweries making a growing economic impact across the state, the Charleston Area Alliance teamed up with MATRIC to help these small businesses operate more efficiently. Working with the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, MATRIC will now conduct all of the state breweries’ testing from their headquarters in [...]
What Does It Take to Implement a Successful Chemical Process What does it take to implement a successful chemical process? Chemical processing – the simplest of terms – is a method or means of changing one or more chemicals or chemical compounds. This change can happen by itself or by force from the [...]
Many responsible companies are seeking ways to reduce environmental impacts through sustainability efforts. Often, sustainability practices are viewed largely from the vantage point of minimizing post-production waste “at the end of a pipe.” […]
MATRIC is on the Move A small group of big thinkers can have a significant impact. Take for example the formation of MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center. Created during a local economic downturn in 2003, its founders recognized the opportunity to retain specialized workers, many of whom had been displaced during the [...]
George Keller, Ph.D., chief engineer at MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, addresses the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC 2013 conference today in Cincinnati, Ohio. His presentation outlines the importance of differentiating between invention and innovation. The former primarily concerns the discovery or identification of something new with possible uses in the real [...]
A series of activities are required to foster innovation in the chemical industry. One of the most critical first steps is to determine if a technology is commercially viable. This discipline is known as "techno-economics," in which an expert team analyzes the variables required to introduce a new innovation into the marketplace, which include costs [...]
An understanding of intellectual property is critical in the field of research and development. Below, attorney Daniel Lev of the Finnegan law firm discusses the 2011 America Invents Act. He describes the law's "sweeping change[s]," which include the significance of "first inventor" filing, new procedures for challenging patents and expedited patent review processes.
Rarely has a company received both the ICIS Award for Best Business Innovation and the EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and in the same year. But in 2011, BioAmber Inc. achieved this distinction, an accomplishment that only the Dow Chemical Co. had previously obtained. The ICIS award recognizes companies that establish outside partnerships which [...]