Product innovation and consulting for science-driven businesses

How can you use the latest advances in materials science and process technology to develop new products? As a product innovation consultant, I can provide your business with fresh perspectives and practical advice that will make your next product really stand out in the marketplace.

Dr Ciaran McArdle

I’m a polymer scientist, innovator and consultant with 35 years’ experience of generating new technological ideas in competitive industrial and consumer marketplaces. I’m adept at identifying the best way to protect innovations with various forms of intellectual property (IP), and in working with product development teams to turn them into successful products.

Amongst the many talented people I’ve worked with, I’m appreciated for my ability to apply knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of molecules and materials in inventive ways to create commercial opportunities.

Does your business need someone who can provide a fresh perspective on a mature product line, or some practical advice on getting new concepts off the drawing board? If so, then give me a call.
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What I specialise in

Over my many years in business, the colleagues, collaborators or clients that I have worked with on numerous projects have approached me for my knowledge of applied polymer science in general, and cyanoacrylate technology in particular.

But from working on projects across diverse sectors, I’ve acquired experience of chemical, physical and engineering concepts and insights that can be applied to product innovation and development more generally. This is underpinned by my previous responsibilities related to the building of IP assets for a number of innovative companies.

So, what aspects of your products could benefit from an external perspective? Here are some of the things that I specialise in:

Product Formulation

During product formulation, product quality, regulatory requirements and ease of manufacture all need to be considered if the product is to be profitable – and I can help you with all of these points.

Triggering Systems

How can you invoke a desired change in a product on demand? Applying my broad understanding of a variety of chemical and physical phenomena could open up new possibilities for your products.

Surface Modification

Making a surface interact with formulation components in particular ways, or modifying a surface with a functional coating, are fertile areas for technological innovation. Let me use my experience to assist you in product creation.

Functional Product Packaging

Using the packaging to provide functionality to a product is not new, but for reactive formulations there remain numerous opportunities that are ripe for exploitation, and which I’m keen to advise on.

Process Innovation

Companies that develop unique processes can erect high barriers to competitors, enhance their reputation as innovators, and enjoy enduring commercial benefits. This area particularly interests me, and I’d be happy to help devise processes specific to you.

What can I offer you

So how exactly could I help your company? Whether you’d like to involve me at the outset of a project, or work alongside existing project teams, get in touch if you’d like me to provide input in any of the following:

Innovation Consulting

As well as being willing to get into the details of the technology and the business, I have hands-on experience of product innovation, and a structured, creative approach to idea generation. As a result, I’m valued for providing advice that is both practical and imaginative.

Technical Writing and IP

Writing research proposals, technical data sheets or patent applications, developing IP strategy, and keeping up with the literature all take valuable time to do well. So let me work with your team to get these tasks done efficiently and effectively.


Many clients simply ask for my help using a standard consultancy model. But I’m keen to help companies with interesting concepts in different ways too, such as venturing or mutually beneficial collaborations.


Over my 35+ years in business, it’s been my privilege to work with a large number of talented people. Some of them have been generous enough to say a few words about what it’s like working with me:

Have a question?

If you’ve got an opportunity that you’d like additional input on, then I’d be very interested to hear from you.
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