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External Technology Network (ETN)

ETN members share experiences, seek best practices, collectively solve problems, and innovate in the area of external technology to improve the technology acquisition for their companies. Want to learn more? Join ETN.

What's Hot in External Technology?

Why join ETN?

I have been a member of ETN since 2006 when I became the External Technology Leader for Ashland. I cannot say enough about how ETN has helped shape our external technology and open innovation programs over the years. I have found ETN be an excellent source of best practices, and I do not exaggerate when I say that nearly all of the processes and ideas that I have employed at Ashland have their roots in ETN.


ETN meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from 25 to 40 of my peers. The atmosphere and the willingness to share at ETN meetings are very refreshing, and several of the relationships I have developed have led to exciting opportunities for Ashland. I highly recommend the ETN to anyone looking to improve the external technology and open innovation initiatives at their company.

Joe Fox
Director, Emerging & External Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials
ETN Member since 2006

Who are ETN members?

Co-Chairs:  Prakash Balan (NSF), Ed Getty (Wrigley's) & David Russell (Monsanto)

Member Roster

Number of members:  136

Professionals involved:  Directors of Corporate Partnerships, Managers of Technology Transfer, External Research Directors, Open Innovation Managers

Member companies represented:

Air Products
Altria Group
Archer Daniels Midland
Armstrong World Industries
Ashland, Inc.
BASF Corporation
Big Heart Pet Brands
Cargill, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
Crown Holdings, Inc.
Deere & Co.
Dow Chemical Company
Dow Corning Corporation
Draper Lab
Eastman Chemical
GAF Materials

GE Research and Development
General Motors Company
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hershey Company
Honeywell International, Inc.
Ingersoll-Rand Company
J. M. Smucker Company
Kao Corporation
Kellogg Company
Kennametal Incorporated
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
LORD Corporation
Mars, Inc.
Michelin Americas Research Company
Milliken & Company
Monsanto Company
NASA Headquarters
NASA Johnson Space Center
NASA Langley Research Center

National Science Foundation
Northrup Grumman
O-Innovation Advisors LLC
Owens Corning
PepsiCo, Inc.
PolyOne Corporation
PPG Industries, Inc.
Praxair, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Company
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
RTI International
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratories
Sealed Air Corporation
Sherwin-Williams Company
Sigma Alimentos Corporativo
Solvay Specialty Polymers
Wikman Innovation

Fall Multi-Networks Meeting

September 16-18, 2015 | Dearborn, MI