Join Us to Discover the Source of Innovation

Innovation is all about getting new ideas to market and is inherently a collaborative process. Join Michael Blaustein, former Director of DuPont Ventures and current Principal of MAB Innovation Group, and ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly on Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a unique conversation entitled, “Driving Invention into Successful Innovation: Collaboration is Key.” During this webinar, the participants will discuss different types of external collaborations and considerations for making them successful. We invite you to gather a group to make this “ACS Network & Learn” Event interactive. Invite colleagues or business professionals from your local community to join you in the Live Q&A portion of the program after the presentation and then launch your own follow-up discussion, brainstorming on how to improve invention and innovation within your organizations.

Join this event and learn:

  • How relevance, uniqueness, and route-to-market are essential for successful innovation.
  • Approaches to collaborative innovation like accessing external knowledge and capabilities, university/corporate/government collaborations, and investing in startups.
  • Potential issues to manage during collaborative innovation.

Learn more about the webinar and register today.

Michael Blaustein is a consultant to and collaborator with early stage companies and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Philadelphia region, focused on business development, innovation strategy, and corporate collaborations / venture capital investments. Michael began his career at DuPont in Research & Development. He held technology, marketing, and business leadership positions in DuPont Nonwovens and DuPont Advanced Fibers Systems until joining DuPont Central Research & Development, where he became Director of DuPont Ventures and Planning Director for Science and Technology. He holds a BA in chemistry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University.

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Connelly retired from DuPont in December 2014, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer. At DuPont, Dr. Connelly led businesses and R&D organizations, while based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in chemical engineering and economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. government and the Republic of Singapore.