Founding CME


CME was established in 1954 by an industry steering committee in order to address the challenges of the industry of chemistry in all of its phases.


Over time the group focus has expanded from technology and business to investments and policy in order to develop a holistic approach to advancing the transformational power of chemistry, the central science, for the benefit of humanity.


The founding committee included leaders from the Vick Chemical Company (acquired by P&G), Allied Chemical and Dye (acquired by Honeywell), Celanese Corporation, The Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (acquired by ICIS), and American Cyanamid (parts of the company were acquired separately by BASF, Pfizer and Cytec).


The inaugural speaker was Dr. Joseph G. Davidson, president of Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company (Union Carbide later acquired by Dow Chemical).


On its Diamond Jubilee, the Lifetime Achievement honoree and the first speaker of the 2014 Leadership Awards of CME was Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical.




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Chemical Marketing & Economics
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Chemical Marketing & Economics (CME)

Established on January 1, 2020, Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc., is a forward-looking STEM non-profit that brings together industry, investors, technology, academia, government, philanthropy and the public to share cutting-edge insights on sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life science. With roots in the industries of chemistry that date back to 1954, and having organized over 500 meetings since then, CME’s award-winning programs such as the STEM Leadership Awards and the NASA Symposiums have featured leaders from NASA, BASF, Dow, DuPont, IBM, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Merck, Carlyle, and KKR as well as Nobel Laureates. To join the mailing list, please click on the icon below:



2020 Jan 1 - A New CME, A Bright Future for STEM Programs in Collaboration with NASA

As we celebrate the New Year, we are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2020, the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) operates as an autonomous non-profit organization to advance sustainable industry innovation globally.

With longstanding ties to NASA--the world's premier space agency--CME will focus on continued rapid global growth and cutting-edge CME NASA chemistry symposiums in collaboration with some of the largest professional associations in polymer chemistry.

Chemical Marketing & Economics was established in 1954 as a topical group of one of the largest chemical associations by an industry steering committee in order to address the challenges of the industry of chemistry in all of its phases. Since then it has organized over 500 meetings featuring industry leaders, supported STEM students and managed its own funds. With attendance up four-fold nationally and fourteen-fold globally, CME created some of the best attended events at major chemistry-related meetings and won numerous awards.

“The freedom to operate CME as a separate entity is vital to serving industry, government and the public in the future. It helps engage students and unleash a new era of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leadership for sustainable industry innovation,” CME Co-Chair Steve Barnett said.

CME Co-Chair Ksenia Takhistova added: “The new CME will foster impactful events such as the annual NASA Symposium, conceived by CME, to propel humanity’s next big leap: space exploration. With a new vision, agility and strong balance sheet, CME will continue to serve stakeholders, including our loyal members, STEM sponsors, and collaborators like NASA, for the next 65 years and beyond.”

Advancing Sustainable Industry Innovation

True to its pioneering spirit, CME has an exciting program, including industry luncheon meetings in New York; a new quarterly “Chemical Edge” Dinner Series in Houston in collaboration with Deloitte and NASA; the CME NASA Chemistry Symposiums featuring Nobel Laureates as well as industry and government leaders; and the STEM Leadership Awards event honoring today’s industry leaders to enable those of tomorrow.

We look forward to your continuing support and hope to see you soon at one of CME events. Thank you.

Past Speakers

> Frances Arnold, PhD, 2018 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
> Eric Betzig, PhD, 2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureate
> Craig Venter, PhD, Co-Founder, Human Longevity, Inc.
> Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, KKR
> Ed Breen, Chairman and CEO, DowDuPont
> James Green, PhD, Chief Scientist, NASA
> Peter Eckes, PhD, President, BASF BIoscience Research
> Duane Dickson, Vice Chairman, Deloitte
> Robert Langer, PhD, MIT Professor, the most cited engineer
> Jon M. Huntsman, Executive Chairman, Huntsman Corporation
> Daniel Gamba, Managing Director, Latin America, BlackRock

CME today is recognized as a preeminent industry, technology and investment organization committed to expanding exciting STEM programs globally.

Events holds at prestigious venues in New York city such as the Penn Club, the Metropolitan Club, the Yale Club and Aureole restaurant as well as The Houston Club in Houston. Professionals around the world can join us via live and recorded webcasts when available.

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