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NEWTOWN, CT, U.S.A., April 1, 2013: Three New Technology Forums at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2013 conference will provide insights on bringing innovations to market, explore unique polymers with built-in capabilities for responding to their environment, and present new developments in medical materials, SPE announced today.

ANTEC 2013 will take place April 22-24, 2013 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. A New Technology Forum will take place on each day of the conference:

-- Managing Innovation. (Monday April 22) Four presentations will discuss sustainability and innovation, intellectual property considerations, stimulating innovation, and “innovation on demand.” Organizations represented by the presenters will include SABIC, the University of Cincinnati, the Mid-Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation Center, and the law firm of Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC. Prithu Mukhopadhyay, Bonnie Bachman, and Vassilios Galiatsatos are the organizers.

-- Smart Polymers. (Tuesday April 23) Five presentations will explore “materials that respond to their environment on their own in a predictable manner.” Topics will include shape memory polymers, structurally dynamic polymers that exhibit macroscopic responses to environmental stimuli, electroactive polymers, and chromogenic materials whose responses to external stimuli have potential for applications as sensors. Speakers will be from the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Bayer MaterialScience, Toyobo Co., and GLS PolyOne Corp. Roger Avakian and Sadhan Jana are the organizers.

-- Polymer Applications in Health. (Wednesday April 24) Six presentations will cover bioabsorbable polymers, electrospun nanofibers, polymers in drug-eluding stents, value-driven engineering and its relationship to U.S. competitiveness, and global regulatory guidelines. Presenters will represent TESco Associates, Georgia Institute of Technology, Boston Scientific, Abbott Vascular, Austen BioInnovation Institute, and 3M Health Care. Len Czuba, Teri Hermel-Davidock, and Sadhan Jana are the organizers.

A detailed agenda for the forums is posted at

The annual ANTEC is the world’s largest plastics technical conference, consisting entirely of original, peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of topics relevant to today’s global plastics industry. Co-located with ANTEC 2013 will be the “Business of Plastics Conference,” produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and focusing on current issues affecting business strategy. In addition, SPE will produce a trade show that is expected to be the largest plastics exhibition of the year in the U.S. For information visit

THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit