What's Alpha?

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

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Discover the stories of Compact Membrane Systems, winner of three ICIS Awards, including the first ever Alpha Innovator of the Year Award: Environment and Sustainability

Elsevier’s R&D Solutions for Chemicals team visited CMS to find out how ICIS Award recognition has impacted the business, enabling this small organization to punch above its weight, while also learning how CMS relies on innovation to grow the company, and the value of scientific research in addressing industry challenges.

Winning the ICIS and Alpha Innovator Awards: Impact on the business

Learn about how Sudip Majumdar, CMS’s Chief Technology Officer, achieved his Alpha Moment, gaining recognition as the first ever Alpha Innovator of the Year: Environment and Sustainability, and find out how this recognition has fueled their business.

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Innovation: The vital key to success

CMS’s business model is 100% reliant on innovation. Learn how the company’s approach to innovation drives their success.

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Leveraging scientific research to address industry challenges

Discover how CMS uses scientific literature to understand industry problems that the company is uniquely positioned to solve – presently, and in the future.

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2017 Alpha Innovator of the Year winners announced

Elsevier’s R&D Solutions partnered with International Chemical Information Service (ICIS) again this year to sponsor the 14th annual ICIS Innovation Awards. We invite you to learn about this year’s company winners in each category, as well as the second annual recipients of the Alpha Innovator of the Year Award, which recognizes individual winners in the following categories:

  • Alpha Innovator of the Year – New Product Development/Process Optimization:
    Muralidhar Ingale, Adroit PharmaChem – recognized for developing a patented process for converting waste ammonia and CO2 to phthalocyanine compounds
  • Alpha Innovator of the Year – Environment and Sustainability:
    Dr Mei Li, Dow Agrosciences – awarded for commercialization of three novel agrochemical products

The awards presentation took place on Friday, December 8 at the Savoy Hotel in London. New this year, winners will also receive a free trial of Reaxys, Elsevier’s highly intuitive and robust database to help chemists retrieve chemistry literature and data in half the time of other solutions.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 ICIS Innovation Award winners!

Featured Alpha moments

Discovering a substitute for tin as a catalyst

When new regulations limited the use of tin catalysts, a chemicals company had to seek viable alternatives. They turned to ScienceDirect and their research resulted in filing two patents and potentially boosting revenue by millions.

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Meeting customer and regulatory demand

Diverse challenges required this specialty chemicals and performance materials company to seek multiple solutions in order to meet both customer and regulatory demand. Learn how Reaxys and ScienceDirect enabled their teams with the necessary research and literature.
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