Delaware's first chemtech conference is coming to the Chase Center in February - Delaware


Delaware’s first chemtech conference is coming to the Chase Center in February

Led by the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, the state is positioning itself as a leader in modern chemistry and manufacturing.

Life sciences.

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You don’t hear a whole lot about chemtech — that is, high tech (such as machine learning) meets chemistry — in Delaware. And Delaware wants to change that.

In recent years, we’ve talked a lot about the growth of biotech in Delaware. Chemtech is a close sibling of biotech, and in some cases, they overlap: Both are based in science, obviously, and both — especially today — tend to focus on sustainability and inventing new, better products.

Thanks to companies such as DuPont and Gore, the state has a long, sometimes rocky reputation as a chemical state. It’s the home of “miracle” products like nylon and GORE-TEX, as well as some more controversial ones like Teflon.

Chemistry is such a part of Delaware’s history that it’s not a surprise that the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance is working to position the state as a leader in chemtech with the industry conference Chemtech 2020, featuring speakers from companies including DuPont, Microsoft, Zymergen, Corteva and Siemans.

Chemtech 2020 will be a two-day event held on Feb. 19 to 20 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. This is a major industry conference, so heads up, non-early-bird tickets are approaching $1,000 per person.

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