Future of Innovation and Collaboration


Dr. Darren BuddCommercial Director - BASF plc

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 1

About this session

The ‘Panel’ will discuss what the future of Innovation & Collaboration in the UK could look like post-Horizon 2020.  How will Universities and companies (big and small) work and collaborate across boarders 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?


Graeme Cruickshank – CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) –  Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Steve Fletcher – KTN – Head of Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology

Dr Barbara Ghinelli – STFC- Director, Clusters and Harwell Campus Business Developments

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.