How to Build an Innovative Research Culture: The Case of DNA Sequencing

How to Build an Innovative Research Culture: The Case of DNA Sequencing

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Building an innovative research culture is a big challenge for any R&D organization. Entire volumes on innovative models, practices and cultures have been published. But do they work in practice? George Trainor will give us his first-hand account of how an innovative culture led to the discovery of one of the most valuable synthetic organic compounds ever – fluorescence-tagged chain terminators for use in automated DNA sequencing. Glean insights to foster an innovative culture in your own research and laboratory. No experience or magic required!



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Building an Innovative Research Culture: The Case of DNA SequencingA short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker, George Trainor, 2011 Awardee, ACS Heroes of Chemistry.


What You Will Learn

  • How a program that led to major innovation was initiated from the ground up by engineers and scientists.
  • How someone new to the methodology of DNA sequencing was able to bring a new perspective that led to the optimal approach to the problem
  • The role competition played in driving the optimal solution
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

George Trainor received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1979. Following postdoctoral studies at Columbia University, he joined the Central Research and Development Department of the DuPont Company in 1981. He initiated a program that led to the discovery and commercialization of fluorescence-tagged chain terminators for use in automated DNA sequencing, for which he received the 2011 Heroes of Chemistry Award from the ACS.  From 1991 to 2010, he led teams at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers Squibb, advancing over 30 drug candidates into development.  He currently consults in partnership with his spouse on medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.


Dr. David Harwell is the Assistant Director for Career Management and Development at ACS.  In his job, he works with chemical professionals throughout their careers.  He is a chemist by training and a career counselor by profession.  Before joining the staff of ACS Dave was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii focusing on silicon nanoparticles and supramolecular structures.


This episode of ACS Webinars™ is co-produced with the ACS Heroes of Chemistry


The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



2 Responses to “How to Build an Innovative Research Culture: The Case of DNA Sequencing”

  1. Grant Peters says:

    Will this seminar be recorded and available at a later date to view as a podcast or online? I am asking this because the time frame of the seminar conflicts with a previous committment.

  2. admin says:

    Dear Grant – Yes, the webinar is recorded and will be posted to our website at along with the slides in about a week. Thanks for asking. — ACS Webinars

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