Thursday, November 14, 2013

#Entrepreneurial #chemists: Save the Date for #ACSERC Showcase East

Entrepreneurial Resource Center Showcase East


Save the Date Wednesday April 9, 2014 for this entrepreneurial extravaganza

The ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses together with ACS National, the Northeastern Local Section, Chemical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, BMGT, PID Analyzers, LLC and Nova Biomedical, present the 2014 ACS Entrepreneurial Resource Center Showcase East, a chemistry-based business pitch competition, featuring a cash prize for the winning pitch. 

The event will take place on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Nova Biomedical, 200 Prospect Street, Waltham, MA

The application process is officially closed as of 11:59pm on January 27, 2014. The competitive review of candidates will commence this week. 

About the application process:
To qualify as one of twenty participating entrepreneurs (there are only 20 slots available), candidates have to be an ACS member who has an investor-ready early-stage chemical business. Candidates were required to fill out an investor readiness questionnaire, and if selected after the competitive review process, will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with one of our business plan coaches to help construct a winning pitch. 

Note that the business pitching contest will be closed to the public and will be by invitation only. 
Want to contribute to the success of this chemistry-based business pitching contest and entrepreneurial extravaganza? Contact me today to learn about the available sponsorship levels.

If you are an investor, we want you! Participation is available in person or online. Email me to reserve your spot and to receive your prospectus which will be available in mid-February 2014.  

The RSVP link to the event is here. The evening portion of the event will be open to the public and will feature the winning pitch as well as some exciting entrepreneurial themed programming. Stay tuned for more details.

Your local planning team for the ACS Entrepreneurial Resource Center Showcase East

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cape Cod based manufacturer wins Research & Development award

Our small Cape Cod based business,  PID Analyzers, LLC, was awarded a prestigious Research and Development (R and D) 100 Award for the development of our Model 33 arsenic in water  and food analyzer in the laboratory equipment category at the 2013 RandD 100 awards ceremony Thursday evening November 7, 2013 in Orlando, FL.  The "R and D 100 Awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year" according to the press release issued by Research and Development  Magazine. In addition to our business receiving this honor, 
 my father and business partner, Jack Driscoll,
as the developer of the winning product, received  special recognition at the awards ceremony. 

Here is a short video of Jack and I on stage receiving the award.

Here is a full list of the 2013winners. Note that this is a major accomplishment to win an R and D 100 award and that our small, privately-held Cape Cod business competed against publicly traded companies as well as National Laboratories; for instance, Oak Ridge National Laboratories was celebrating their six awards which brings their total up to 179 according to their press release. These are a few of the *household names* on the winners list: General Motors, Dow Chemical and Olympus. We had the opportunity to participate in the RandD100 Awards Industry  Roundtable on the morning of the awards ceremony and banquet with executives from The Dow Chemical Company, Toyota Research and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Friday, November 8, 2013

2013 R&D 100 Awards Industry Roundtable Discussion

Pictured above from L to R are the 2013 RandD100 Awards Industry Roundtable participants: Rick Strittmatter, Global Director of Research and Development at The Dow Chemical Company, Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine, Dan Shine, President, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ercan Dede, Principal Scientist, Electronics Research Department, Toyota Research of North America, Jack Driscoll, President, PID Analyzers, LLC, Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine, Jakob Gudbrand, Director of Chromatography, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media. Photo by J.L. Maclachlan.

We had the opportunity to participate in the Advantage Business Media Research and Development RandD100 Awards Industry Roundtable yesterday morning at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in Florida which also served as the site for the RandD100 awards banquet. Proceedings from this closed door roundtable discussion will be used for a cover story in the December 2013 edition of RandD Magazine.
@pidguy at the #RD100awards

Updated 12/27/13:

Here's a link to the  story: A Strategic Balance "Commercial success for high-technology companies never occurs without a strong commitment to research and innovation". by Paul Livingstone

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