Future of Innovation and Collaboration in the UK


Dr. Darren BuddCommercial Director UK & Ireland - BASF plc

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 1

About this session:

The panel will discuss the future of Innovation & Collaboration in the UK. How will Universities and companies work and collaborate across borders with Regulatory uncertainty? Will the UK be able to attract the best talent, both students and post-graduate, and how will this affect the Innovation potential of the UK?

Panel Host: : Dr Darren Budd, BASF plc

Guest panellists:

  • Dr Graeme Cruickshank – Chief Technology & Innovation Officer – CPI
  • Dr Fiona Jamieson – Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Senior Executive – Faculty of Natural Sciences  at Imperial College London
  • Dr Peter Clark – Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology – Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Panellist Host Bio

Darren Budd was born in Taplow, United Kingdom, in 1967 and is married with 3 children.

He has a degree in Chemistry and went on to complete a doctorate on Transition Metal Complexation of Heterocyclic Conducting Polymers. Darren has held a number of positions within BASF.

He worked in Germany for BASF’s Venture Capital Business for 5 years and then headed up BASF’s in-house distribution business BTC for the UK & Ireland looking after sales to BASF’s small and medium sized customers. From 1st January 2016, Darren took over responsibility as Commercial Director for BASF plc.

This role is responsible for the Chemical Sales activities of BASF in the UK as well as the Commercial activities of BASF in the UK to develop growth. Currently Darren is Vice-Chairman of the Chemical Business Association and on the Governing Board of the IBioIC in Scotland, as well as a Regional Council member of the CBI Northwest.