Innovation and Regulation on the Open Seas: The Development of Sea-Nine Marine Antifouling Paint

Innovation and Regulation on the Open Seas

Jody A. Roberts
Studies in Materials Innovation
2009, Chemical Heritage Foundation
14 pp
Soft cover, 8.5 x 11, Product #143795278X
$15.00

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The development of Sea-Nine marine anti-fouling paint linked agricultural biocides, coatings research, and federal and international regulation. The introduction of the marine coating in the 1990s was heralded as a “green” alternative to the toxic coatings used up to that point. Arriving at the final product, however, required the team at Rohm and Haas to negotiate a tricky technical and legal terrain. Work through the regulatory systems helped open new market possibilities for the company and place Sea-Nine at the forefront of a previously unexplored marketing niche. This case study offers a number of important lessons for current molecular research, emphasizing the role of collaboration for expertise and the ways in which regulation can spur the innovation process.

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