Original Broadcast Date: Wednesday November 5, 2014

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Have you ever wondered what it takes for a company to stay in business for more than a century? For The Dow Chemical Company, the answer lies in continual global innovation and investment in R&D. When problems arise, Dow finds solutions.

One such problem was how chemical inventory was managed. In-house systems had been developed and off-the-shelf spreadsheet software worked fine … until the chemical turnover exceeded the ability of these solutions to enable the labs to operate efficiently. Worse, with some data in one system and some in another, there was minimal ownership or detailed chemical location information available. Labs ordered chemicals that were already on site, causing unnecessary costs and wasted time. As a result, in 2013, The Dow Chemical Company began a pilot of a digital chemical inventory system within a single building in Midland, MI. One year later, Dow is rolling out this system to sites across the globe with an emphasis on its use to improve safety, regulatory compliance and cost savings.

During this webinar, Dr. Matt Whaley describes the drivers for the implementation of a globally standardized chemical inventory system, the challenges of using such a system across multiple geographies with different languages and regulatory issues, and the workflow changes and efficiency improvements that have benefited researchers in the laboratories. Dr. Whaley is joined by BIOVIA’s Bryan Billings who discusses how a best practices chemical inventory management system enables research organizations to increase researcher efficiency, lower chemical costs and waste, and reduce risk.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Update legacy inventory systems to a centralized state-of-the-art system
  • Stage a multi-site, multi-national system roll-out
  • Address global regulatory challenges
  • Improve lab safety
  • Achieve direct cost savings to R&D

Tune into this webinar to hear our presenters discuss the benefits of real-time chemical inventory management and lessons learned when The Dow Chemical Company successfully integrated their fragmented chemical inventory data and rolled out a new, centralized system worldwide.


Dr. Matt Whaley received his BS in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003 and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 2009. He joined The Dow Chemical Company in 2010, working in Core R&D in the Inorganic Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis group. He is currently a site administrator for the implementation of The Dow Chemical Company’s chemical inventory system.

Bryan Billings is a Senior Technical Specialist/Inventory Consultant for BIOVIA. He provides top-level support to BIOVIA’s enterprise class customers including on-site training and implementation services, as well as data migration and initial inventory project management. Bryan has enabled numerous organizations to address a wide range of regulatory requirements, from ensuring fire code compliance of hazardous materials to accurate Tier II reporting to utilizing a GMP-enabled BIOVIA CISPro system.