Panel Q&A session on "Product realisation & commercialisation"

Guest Panellist

Neil HollisRegulatory Affairs Manager - BASF plc

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.30 to 14.00, Stage 1

About this session:

Panel Q&A session on “Product realisation & commercialisation”

Scientists can take a pragmatic and methodical approach to development projects, and sometimes serendipity helps us, or we just find interesting new raw materials that can be used to create novel surface coatings. Most developments are customer/demand led, others are proactive/blue sky, or reactionary due to regulatory pressures, but how do we get our good ideas to market?

A panel of four people involved with various aspects of the coatings industry and directly involved with new product development will give a brief overview of their perspective on this wide ranging subject.

Graham Armstrong                           President, OCCA

Paul Sheppard                                   Laboratory Manager, HMG Paints

Neil Hollis                                          Regulatory Affairs, BASF

Dr Con Rob McElroy                          University of York

Panellist Bio

Neil leads on regulatory affairs for BASF plc and has worked in the chemical industry for over 30 years. He began his career in a laboratory for Allied Colloids in Bradford (UK) and during the following 20 years undertook various technical production roles. Neil further developed his expertise with CIBA Specialty Chemicals and subsequently, BASF.

For more than a decade, Neil has been actively involved in global substance registration and REACH compliance projects including technical dossier compilation, SIEF negotiations, data cost-sharing mechanisms along with consortia representation and site conformity. Currently, he is also coordinating BASF’s preparations and impact analysis with respect to Brexit and REACH across their expansive portfolio.

Neil has a degree in chemistry and in his spare time, he enjoys cycling and hill walking with his family.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018.