Specialty Chemicals Blog

Turbocharge Your Innovation Program

By Sudhir Hublikar, Ph.D. Quality and Business Process Reengineering no longer provide competitive advantage as they once did.  Competitors are catching up with Information Technology, and cost-cutting is not sustainable. So, businesses have been focusing primarily on innovation to create competitive advantage. However, while innovation indeed delivers business results, senior managers are not satisfied with their innovation programs¹. In my experience, there are five major innovation killers: Fuzzy business strategy. A good strategy should be differentiated and help the organization [...]

Time-Tested Approach to Project Portfolio Management

By David Cocuzzi, Vice President of the ChemQuest Group, Inc. In any organization in which product development and commercialization of those products are its lifeblood, the process starts with the collection of ideas regarding products that will be needed—and when they will be needed—in the future. Of course, there are many ideas, and deciding which of the ideas should be resourced is a constant challenge. Clearly a process is needed, but, in today’s corporate world, there is a penchant for rigid, [...]

Introducing ChemQuest Technology Institute

By Daniel Murad, President/CEO of the ChemQuest Group, Inc. I am delighted to announce the opening of the ChemQuest Technology Institute, the reality of my vision in which our clients, including raw materials suppliers and formulators, can solve complex engineering and business problems related to product development and practical application methods of sophisticated formulations. At our campus in South Boston, VA, we have the experience and tools to speed up R&D processes, beginning with molecular architecture through the commercialization of new [...]