I attended the 2018 PDS last week in the outskirts of Chicago. This event is always a great forum to share the latest findings and best practices in process development across industries. I saw a number of common themes emerging from the talks and posters (see the technical program here).
- Look inside your organization. Know who is doing something that may help you solve your problem.
- Look outside your organization. Is someone else working in an area that could help your project? Could be a great partnering opportunity!
- Use data driven gate reviews, and make sure to have a systemic scale-up strategy, rather than a random walk to find results.
- Communication is critical. Make sure the key internal and external stakeholders understand the value of your process development activities.
- Sustainability targets are real in many organizations, and driving process development objectives.
- Persistence and patience is important. It takes time to work through scale-up!
- And most importantly, invent and innovate, but do things that matter and can get to market. I learned early in my career that there is no shortage of technical problems to solve, so better to focus on things that can have a sustainable and economic impact.
Thanks to AIChE for putting on a great event!