Get to 'Alpha': Conquer your next technical challenge

Learn from the stories of scientists, engineers and other innovators who exemplify the relentless spirit of continuous innovation and optimization in the chemical industry.

What's Alpha?

Alpha’ has many meanings. It can be the first letter in the Greek alphabet, a socially dominant male animal, or a concept in software development, physics and chemistry.

But for us, 'Alpha' is that moment when a chemist, researcher or engineer achieves an important milestone in chemical product and process innovation. 'Alpha' happens in an instant, but one doesn’t get there without unrelenting perseverance, knowledge and skill.

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The search for excellence is on: Submit your entry for Alpha Innovator of the year by June 30

Elsevier's R&D Solutions is partnering with International Chemical Information Service (ICIS) again this year to sponsor the 14th annual ICIS Innovation Awards. The Alpha Innovator of the Year award, now in its second year, will again recognize two individuals — one for achievements in product development or process optimization, and another for progressing environmental and sustainability goals in the chemical industry.

Entries should be made online by June 30, 2017 and will be assessed by the ICIS Innovation Awards judging panel. Results will be announced online in October 2017. Winners will enjoy benefits including an invitation to the awards ceremony in December in London. New this year, winners will also receive a free trial of Reaxys, Elsevier’s R&D Solutions’ web-based tool for the retrieval of chemistry information and data from published literature, including journals and patents.

We look forward to celebrating your ‘Alpha Moment’. Submit your nomination today.


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