CM&E Board


G. Rodriguez
New Jersey

Vice Chair

C. Brumlik, PhD
New Jersey

Program Chair

J. M. Weatherall


A. Closson, PhD
New Jersey


K. Bartels, PhD
New Jersey



N. Burns
New Jersey


C. Cerimele


D. J. Deutsch
New York


R. Kriesel
New Jersey


B. Orkin


G. Penard


P. Pospisil, PhD
New York


Student Volunteers


K. Gomez


A. Mondillo


P. Narciso


P. Penawou


A. Powers


D. Rooker


A. Stepanyan


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  • 1 2015 Awards: Tuesday December 8
  • 1 ACS CEO: Dr. Thomas Connelly
  • 1 Sharpen your Strategy
  • 1 Where Technology & Investment Meet
  • 1 Pioneering
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  • 1 Authoritative - Timely
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  • 1 Insightful
  • 1 Global Networking
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Progress = STEM Edu
  • 1 Become a STEM Sponsor
  • 1 ACS – Est. 1876
  • 1 Largest Scientific Society
  • 1 Over 160,000 Members

April 2 Japan-USA: Regenerating Medicine
Asahi Glass Company and the NY Stem Cell Foundation experts talk about the wish we wish the most: Health


Mark your calendar: December 8, 2015 - Leadership Awards prior event Pictures - Video Synopsis

On December 4, 2014, CME celebrated its 60 years of service with its ACS NY CME Awards for Leadership in the Yale Club. The honorees this year for Lifetime Achievement, Extraordinary Innovation and Distinction in Private Equity are: Andrew Liveris, President, CEO and Chairman, Dow Chemical; Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont; and Thomas Kichler, Managing Director, One Equity Partners (JP Morgan Chase).

From left: Dr. Thomas Connelly, Anna Powers, Tom Kichler and Andrew Liveris .

The Award to the 2014 Global STEM Student Leader went to Anna Powers, PhD Chemistry Student at NYU, for the advancement of STEM education by supporting the K-12 Chemistry Festivals in Peru and setting new ACS member recruiting records at the 2014 Chemistry Congress in Lima. The 2014 Keynote Speaker was David Womack, Head of Chemicals and Petroleum, IBM Watson.

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Celebratory. .

In 2013 the Awards honored Jon M, Hunstman, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corp.; Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht S.A. and Chairman of Braskem, and David and Peter DeLeew, the Co-Presidents at Huntsman-Lion Capital.

From left: Fernando Musa (accepting for Marcelo Odebrecht), David De Leeuw, Jon Huntsman and Peter De Leeuw.

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We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.


George Rodriguez
CME Chair and Board Member fo the American Chemical Society’s New York Section. Email: Contact CME Chair

The 2012 ACS NY CME Leadership Awards won the prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Award for Global Engagement.


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Established in 1954, Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) is the business and technology group of the illustrious American Chemical Society’s (ACS) New York Section. Our mission is to inform, network, engage the public and advance STEM education.

CME organizes exciting monthly luncheons in midtown NYC where thought leaders present cutting-edge outlooks and actionable insights on energy, materials & life science. CME's audience includes professionals from industry, investment, academia, media and supranational organizations.

American Chemical Society (ACS), founded in Manhattan in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, is the world's largest scientific society with over 160,000 members and the global home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions.

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April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

This meeting will consist of two presentations and a panel discussion about the state of regenerative medicine in Japan and USA. The moderators will be Dr. Paul Pospisil, Sr. Client Partner at Korn Ferry International, and Dr. Nathan Tinker, CEO of NY BIO.

Speaker: Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass. Leader of the iPSC innovation team. Former Managing Director of the S. pombe-bbased ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association.

Abstract: Japan has a proven record of effectively bringing emerging highly complex technologies to market. This has been put to the test in the national interest generated by Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner who found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells. This breakthrough could eliminate the need to harvest embryonic tissue and accelerate the advances in this field. In a bold move to break the rigid mold of requiring three stages of lengthy clinical trials, Japan's new "conditional approval" will enable the product sales and reimbursement.

Since the late 1980s Asahi Glass Company (AGC), the leading glass manufacturer in the world, has been at the forefront in yeast genomic development that led to a key position in services to the biopharmaceutical industry. Join us to hear how the former head of the biotech business, will lead AGC’s research in iPSC for a most streamlined path for medicine in the next decade.

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for Research and Development at NYSCF, leads R&D projects and has oversight of regulations and policies related to business units, partnerships with industry and other institutions. Prior to joining NYSCF, Dr. Chang served as Chief Scientific Officer of Stemgent upon the company's founding in 2008. He was previously the CEO of Multicell Technologies and continues as a director of this company.

Abstract: Stem cell research offers the greatest hope for medical advances we have ever known. However, USA Federal funding limitations have slowed our progress toward cures. Since 2005, The New York Stem Cell Foundation took a leading role in using private funds to provide vital support in USA and globally for iPSC and human embryonic stem cell research and perform translational research focused directly on curing diseases.

Two key breakthroughs were supported by NYSCF, including the creation of the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and the successful reprogramming of pancreatic cells. Genetic models of types 1 and 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and living bone with human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Laboratory . Hear how NYSCF is planning to realize the extraordinary promise of the research frontier of the 21st century: stem cells.



March 5, 2015 - Aroma Business: The Winning Scent of Clean and Fresh

Speaker: Charles Steward, PhD, – Vice President of Research & Development for Takasago International Corp. (USA). Leader of the Applications and Innovations team. Previously worked at International Flavors and Fragrances and Givaudan Fragrances.


Speaker: Charles Tremblay, – International Flavors & Fragrances Creative Center Director, NOAM Consumer Fragrances, Global Home Care Center of Excellence Director. Abstract: The fragrance industry is estimated to be worth > $15 billion, with millions of dollars spent each year developing new molecules, technologies, and research to unveil the secret of what delights consumers and why.

February 5, 2015 - Profit from Four Disruptive Technologies

Moderator: Sam Samdani, Sr. Knowledge Expet at McKinsey & Company. Abstract: Building upon a McKinsey report, this presentation focused on four disruptive technologies relevant to chemicals:3D printing, carbon nanotubes and graphene, next-generation genomics, and shale oil & gas recovery. The panelists were: Chris Krampitz. strategy manager, digital manufacturing technologies, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of Systems Biology at Yale University, and Miguel Mireles, business development, chemicals & materials, Grace Matthews.

January 7, 2015 - Economic Outlook

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). What trend shifts will have high impact in the 2015 global economy? How is the match between the middle East and Shale Oil & Gas shaping up? What is the new outlook on the manufacturing future of the USA? Attendees learned the insights of a preeminent economist of the business of chemistry.  Click on the title to get the slide presentation.


October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

Speaker: James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials.

With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, the Huntsman Advanced Materials Division of Huntsman Corporation is increasing the alignment of global resources with attractive higher-growth markets in aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale engineering projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

May 1, 2014 - Brazil vs Pacific Alliance: Latin America's Match of the Decade

With a combined population and GDP similar to that of Brazil, the fastest growing economies in the region—Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia—have formed the Pacific Alliance, a dynamic trade block poised to surpass the economy of Brazil by 30% in 2025.

Panelist: Robert Wood
Latin America Deputy Director
The Economist Intelligence Unit


Panelist: John Salerno
Partner, Head of the Latin American Tax Group (LATAX)

Moderator: George Rodriguez, Chair of CME; Director at Argeni.

July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.