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Stage Gate: Maximize Success for New and Existing Programs

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This webinar is intended to provide a perspective of Stage Gate implementation from two well-versed industry professionals. The content should be of interest to those already utilizing Stage Gate but want to be more effective as well as those looking to get a better understanding of the power and logic of Stage Gate process from ideation through validation. Jim Schone will present the early Stage Gate Process: "Ideation to Development: The Importance of the First Three Stages in Product Development" followed by Mike Birkeland: "Discovery to Validation: Closing the Gap from Lab to Commercial Reality".


Learning Objectives:


Jim Schone - Ideation to Development: The Importance of the First 3 Stages in Product Development

  • Potential increase in new product success rates
  • Organizational discipline - Increased focus on the right projects
  • Efficient allocation of resources
  • Fewer errors and re-work beyond stage gate 2
  • Improved communication and coordination of efforts

Mike Birkeland - Discovery to Validation: Closing the Gap from Lab to Commercial Reality

  • Bridging the gap between lab scale and commercial scale
  • Obtaining customer buy-in for validation trials
  • Effective trial planning and execution
  • Importance of sales/technology interaction
  • Build strong technical relationships that will ensure future opportunities





Jim Schone, H.B. Fuller 


2018 will mark 15 years with H.B Fuller. Over that time I have been in several roles from Geographical Sales Manager to New Business Development mgr. The past 6 years have been as Market mgr for the Durable Assembly business unit at H.B. Fuller. As Market mgr, the responsibilities include focus in market segments, product portfolio and innovation. 


Mike Birkeland, Solenis LLC 


Mr. Birkeland received his B.A. in chemistry from Willamette University and his M.S. in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His graduate work focused on protein structure elucidation and structure-function relationships for biological molecules using NMR and EPR. His early work with HRT-Ashland focused on development of soy adhesives for the wood products industry as well as field support for newly commercialized products. Mr. Birkeland served briefly as the general manager of a small adhesives company and more recently as President/Owner of AgriChemical Technologies, Inc. focused on development of novel soy coating and adhesive technologies. He is currently senior staff scientist at Solenis LLC focused on research and development and commercialization of soy-based adhesives for the wood products industry. During the twelve years Mr. Birkeland has spent in industry, he has acquired a broad skill-set in the areas of industrial research, product/project/people management, commercialization and business development. 

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