The Cambridge Dictionary defines an experiment as a test done in order to learn something or to discover if something works or is true. As a result, the experiments we perform become a tool to aid a series of binary judgements, e.g. did my current idea work, yes or no?

While this approach has served us all well, it is no longer sufficient and expectations are increasing all the time. For example, the world now knows a new vaccine can be delivered in 9 months. Continued use of experimental practices that lack predictable timelines regarding the achievement of key deliverables will no longer be tolerated. Experimentation processes need to surpass our expectations and solve obstacles almost before they appear.

In this webinar in association with Riffyn, we look at the vast benefits that can be gained by utilising smarter experimentation and incorporating it into a workflow.

During this hour-long webinar you will learn:

  • About the culture of waste we’re challenged by – a conservative estimate of the waste in R&D is 25% of spend, which is equivalent to $100B wasted worldwide every year
  • How some companies are reducing this waste by changing their experimental methods
  • How these changes are resulting in a doubling of R&D capacity with the result of getting more products to market at lower cost

Portrait of Tim Gardner, founder and CEO of Riffyn

Speaker: Timothy Gardner, founder and CEO, Riffyn

Timothy Gardner is a scientist and leader in the field of synthetic biology. He was previously vice president of R&D at Amyris, where he led the engineering of yeast strain and process technology for biomanufacturing of renewable chemicals. Gardner has been recognised for his pioneering work by Scientific American, the New Scientist, Nature, Technology Review and the New York Times. He also serves as an adviser to the European Union Scientific Committees, Imperial College London and the Boston University Engineering Alumni Advisory Board.

Malcolm Moore JMP Senior technical manager

Speaker: Malcolm Moore, senior technical manager, JMP

Malcolm Moore, PhD, is senior technical manager for JMP in Europe. An expert in design of experiments (DoE), Moore worked at Light Pharma, BBN and Astra Zeneca and lectured in medical statistics at Newcastle University prior to joining JMP. 


Hadley Myers Systems engineer at JMP

Speaker: Hadley Myers, systems engineer, JMP

Hadley Myers, PhD, is a systems engineer at JMP. With over 10 years of combined research and manufacturing experience in photovoltaics, Myers previously worked at Smit Thermal Solutions and HelioVolt, and served on the technical advisory board of OnPeak Power.


Ben Valsler

Moderator: Benjamin Valsler, digital editor, Chemistry World

Ben is the digital editor of Chemistry World magazine, producing video and podcasts to accompany the magazine and website. Prior to joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, he was the producer of the award-winning Naked Scientists, making local and national radio programmes for the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia in South Africa.

JMP with Riffyn logo

JMP has been a part of SAS since the first version of JMP statistical discovery software was launched in 1989, bringing interactive data visualization and analysis to the desktop. SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.