Sally Beken

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Polymers

Sally holds a degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Polymer Science. Her early research work resulted in a number of scientific papers on polymer modification and pyrolysis, and a book on rubber blends. She has led on EU funded elastomer projects and worked for a Malaysian RTO developing tyre and antivibration compounds. Business-wise she holds a number of patents in medical device developments and hundreds of millions of metered dose inhaler units are still being used annually with the elastomer formulation she developed as a response to using less polluting greenhouse gasses as aerosols. She has been in tech transfer for over 15 years and has built numerous collaborations and supported companies accessing funding for innovative projects with expert knowledge of polymers.  She has been an Innovation Lead at Innovate UK and monitored a portfolio of over 60 projects and co-wrote scope for plastics related competitions. Since the Blue Planet II episode featuring plastics aired she has been determined to see less plastic waste entering the environment whilst realising the positive benefits of polymers to mitigating climate change and supporting sustainability. She founded and currently heads up the UK Circular Plastics Network and leads on the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at KTN.

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