An exciting initiative has been taken after consultations across the UK formulation industry by the Technology Strategy Board of the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to fund the setting up of a "Formulation Special Interest Group (SIG)" co-ordinated by Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network (CiKTN).
The establishment of the Formulation Special Interest Group (SIG) builds on the growing recognition of the strategic importance of formulation as part of high value manufacturing across the UK chemistry-using industries. The SIG has been set up to determine how to achieve the ultimate goal of the UK being the leading environment for innovation and collaborative activity in formulation. So the SIG will work with the UK formulation industry and partners in all different market sectors and across the supply chain to take action and make recommendations.
"The key SIG objectives for 2012/2013 are:
- To accelerate the delivery of an industry-led national Formulation Centre
- To provide targetted support to facilitate the creation of collaborative projects
- Particular emphasis on cross-sector, supply chain and SME engagement
- To capture and communicate broader industry needs and recommendations including:
- Science & Technology needs/gaps - towards a potential TSB Collaborative R&D call (April 2013 - tbc)
- Skills and training
- To establish a critical mass of key stakeholders, particularly an industry leadership group, which buys into and owns an overarching national ‘Action Plan for UK Formulation'
To find out more about the SIG, watch the introductory video - https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/formulation1/overview - and then joint the official group to be kept updated on progress and to be able to directly input to the process.
Through the build-up to this launch the FSTG has been acting to ensure that the voice of individual formulation professionals has been considered at all stages and that the uniqueness of formulation science and technology has not been forgotten. While FSTG will continue in this way, we are also able to act as a dissemination channel to ensure that the Formualtion SIG has the widest audience possible for the process and FSTG will be involved in giving appropriate advice within the SIG process.