Happy New Year! As we go back to work and hunker down, post-holiday libations, it is always a good time to review the year that was.
2015 for Sigma-Aldrich was a huge year. Globally, the company was acquired, and after a year of collaboration, focus and diligent planning, Merck Millipore and Sigma-Aldrich will soon move into the integration phase of the journey to become one organization. As a Life Science industry behemoth is created, we look forward to an exciting and challenging chapter.
Another 2015 milestone, albeit of a very different scale, is the Australian launch of the Science Next Collaborative (SNC). What a challenge! The internal team was definitely stretched as we ideated, created, and implemented an integrated marketing stakeholder engagement programme that was a global first for Sigma-Aldrich and an industry first for Australia.
The SNC aims to empower our world-class scientists. The path to translation of scientific discoveries is not easy, and we believe the long-term future of science in Australia deserves support. Our goal is to provide scientists, especially early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs), with expert guidance and educational resources to help them – you – navigate the many challenges faced in securing viable returns and commercial outputs from scientific discoveries.
So, we put together the SNC Think Tank – a group of eminent scientists with the same passion and focus. We are very fortunate to have six in this Think Tank: Prof Mark Baker (President, Human Proteome Organisation & Professor of Proteomics & Biochemistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Macquarie University), Prof John Carver (Director of the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University), Prof Peter Currie (Deputy Director, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University), Assoc Prof Derek Richard (Principal Research Fellow Faculty of Health, Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology), Assoc Prof Kaylene Simpson (Head of Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), and Prof Deborah White (Director, Cancer Research, SAHMRI, and University of Adelaide professor, Discipline of Medicine and Paediatrics, School of Medicine).
The SNC Think Tank and the internal team delivered many outputs: an integrated marketing website that serves as a hub for all of the SNC’s activities and deliverables (hence, we simply call it the Hub), quickly followed by a published Position Paper “Bridging the Gap between Australian Industry and Academic Research”. Along with guest speakers from Academia and Industry, we hosted Forums in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, which are now available as webinars on the Hub. Special promotions on our products were made available. Thirteen educational resources, in the form of articles, interviews and videos, were created, spanning three topics: Commercialisation, Moving into Industry, and Innovation and Technology – and more resources are being developed, so keep checking the Hub. Media and PR articles, advertorials and press releases informed and/or celebrated each milestone, and blogs, blogs and more blogs gave a personal perspective on it all.
So, 2015 was a huge year for us. How was your year? We’d love to hear about it – your challenges and successes, your thoughts and perspectives. And as we hunker down to face the new year, on behalf of the Sigma-Aldrich team and the SNC Think Tank, I’d like to thank you for your support, and partnership. And I look forward to even more collaboration in 2016!