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Transformations in R&D and for R&D Magazine.

You may notice something a little bit different about this issue of R&D Magazine.

While others arc scaling back their print products, we've made a commitment to improving the quality, look and feel of our publication in 2019. Going forward, R&D Magazine is now a larger and more robust publication--with more pages, more special sections and more expert viewpoints and insights from R&D leaders across industry, academia and government. We've improved the quality of the paper and updated the design for a more modern, easy-to-read feel. We've also increased how often R&D Magazine will come to your door, publishing bi-monthly in 2019.

Why have we made these changes? The field of R&D is transforming, so it's only fitting that we--a publication that represents R&D professionals--transform as well. We want to push ourselves to be better, in the same way that our readers are transforming their laboratories and businesses and redefining what it means to be innovative every day.

In this issue we highlight some of those transformations. Our cover story takes a look at the American Innovation Index (An)1*, the first comprehensive study to quantify and rank the innovativeness of U.S. companies based on their customers' perceptions. One of the key takeaways from the index is that the definition of what it means to be innovative has transformed in recent years. Consumers are no longer just looking at which companies arc making the biggest splash in the market, they arc also looking at social innovativeness--the company's impact on social factors, such as the environment and human rights.

This issue also features insights from researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a group that is no stranger to innovative transformation. When the coal industry started seeing a downturn due its declining use as an energy resource, NETL researchers got creative and starting developing applications for high-valued carbon products and materials made from coal.

Chemists have had to make similar transformations as customers become more concerned with the environmental impacts of plastics. In this issue, we also include a perspective from Dow Chemical that outlines how the plastics industry is responding to this shift with new technologies and innovative R&D that aims to use less, recycle more and reduce the impact of what escapes to the environment.

Our new format gives us an even greater ability to highlight more R&D professionals that are transforming their industries. In our new "Rising Innovator" department we feature a team that created a sensor that has the potential to transform how doctors identify bacterial infections. In another new department, "R&D 100: Looking Back," we highlight a novel technology poised to revolutionize security screenings--and it was a 2018 R&D 100 awardee.

Those are just a few examples of all of the innovators highlighted in this issue. We hope that their stories inspire you to take on whatever transformation--whether it be in your R&D activities or elsewhere--you are hoping to make in 2019.

Laura Panjwani

R&D Magazine Editor-in-chief

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Date:Feb 1, 2019
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