American Chemical Society

November 15-16 | Washington D.C.


  • Robert Herjavec, a dynamic entrepreneur and a leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank.

  • David Bem, Ph.D., Vice President, Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer at PPG.

Day 1 - Keynote:

David Bem, Ph.D., VP,

Science & Technology, CTO, PPG


Welcoming Remarks - 9:00am
ACS - Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO


Industry Innovation Spotlights:

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. - Mr. Hirofumi Zenkoh, General Manager,
  • Next Generation Business Development Division
  • Novartis - Dr. Avi Spier
  • Procter & Gamble
  • TOK America - Christopher Rosenthal
  • The Forbes Funds - Kate Dewey, President
  • Waters Corporation - Kevin D. Wyndham, Director R&D

Closing Remarks
ACS - Kenneth J. Polk, Esq., Innovation Counsel

Reception Sponsored by P&G
5:30pm to 7:00pm
By invitation only
*Presentation titles may change

David Bem, Ph.D., VP,

Science & Technology, CTO, PPG

  • He oversees innovation across a portfolio of key segments todrive adoption of new paint and coatings offerings in products ranging from automobiles and airplanes to electronics and home care goods.
  • Bem began his career at UOP, a Honeywell Company, where his work was centered on the synthesis and applications of zeolites and microporous materials.  In 2000, he became R&D director of Torial, a subsidiary of UOP, and developed and commercialized high-throughput tools for heterogeneous catalysis.  In 2002, Bem joined Celanese Corporation as R&D director for acetyls, oxygenates, and acetone derivatives, where he was responsible for advancements in acetic acid and vinyl acetate technologies. In 2005, he became a member of the Celanese Corporate Executive Committee and R&D director for Engineering Polymers/Ticona. Bem joined Dow Chemical in 2007 as the R&D leader for Hydrocarbons & Energy, Alternative Feedstocks and Basic Chemicals, and a year later became R&D director for Dow Automotive. Later, he served as R&D director for Core R&D, leading early-stage exploration of disruptive technologies and development of new businesses. Bem became vice president of R&D for Dow's Advanced Materials business and was later named vice president, R&D Consumer Solutions and Infrastructure Solutions.  He joined PPG in November 2015.
  • Bem holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bem is active with many industry organizations and is a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center. He holds nine U.S. patents and has authored more than 20 publications.

Day 2 


  • Rising Star - 9:00am
    • Rubitection, Inc.
    • Dr. Sanna Gaspard, Ph.D., Founder & CEO Rubitection, Inc.
  • Entrepreneur's Journey
    • X-Therma Inc.
    • Mark Kline, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
  • Prototype Development
    • Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneur Center
    • Dan Daly, Ph.D., Director, Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneur Center
  • The Culture of Innovating
    • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
    • Katherine Gibson, Chief Innovation Officer 
  • Licensing
    • Thomson Coburn, LLC
      • Raymond Stewart, Esq.
  • Due Diligence and Term sheets
    • Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
    • Howard Lubert, Area President
  • The Evolution of the University Startup
    • National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)
    • Tony Stanco, Director, Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization
  • Better Value Propositions & Pitches
    • National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)
    • Tony Stanco, Director, Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization
  • Adjourn 4:40pm

*Presentation titles may change

REGISTER: Wharton Club of DC Members & Guests: 99/person, inclusive, for both days, including

  • All sessions, breakfast, lunch, breaks and networking each day.
  • Non-Members/Guests: 141/person


Wednesday, 11/15/17 at 8:00am - Thursday at 4:40pm | iCal


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Cheryl Ginyard-Jones
  ECIT Group LLC
Alan Schlaifer, President
  Wharton Club of DC
Chris Gavin, CEO
  Digitech Marketing
Walter Juraszek
Ron Smith
John Jolly
Angelina Jao
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