Expert Available: Should Chemicals Be More Environmentally Friendly?

According to the White House, the recently passed Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act pushes the Environmental Protection Agency “to protect Americans from harmful chemicals in the products that [they] buy.” Potentially dangerous chemicals found in products such as flame retardants, cleaning agents, fabrics, plastics and paint thinners could now be undergoing extensive review.

Nick Clark, CEO of Alexium International, is an industry-leading executive in the specialty chemical industry. He believes that by creating chemicals that are environmentally friendly, they can continue to serve the public without threatening long-term health. Earlier this year, he and his team helped to educate the public, manufacturers and policy makers about the existence of environmentally friendly flame retardants for various applications, and were glad to see that their efforts helped to pass the Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which directs the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to explore environmentally friendly flame retardant uniforms.

Alexium International holds proprietary patent applications for a process developed initially by the U.S. Department of Defense, which allows for the surface modification and attachment of nanoparticles or multiple chemical functional groups to surfaces or substrates to provide functions such as fire retardancy, waterproofing, oil proofing, and antimicrobial treatments. Applications under development include but are not limited to textiles, paints, and packaging, glass and building materials. Alexium’s fire retardant chemical treatments are currently marketed for different fabric markets under the Alexiflam™, Ascalon™, Nycolon™, Nuvalon™, Polytron™, Omnitron™ and Bactron™ trademarks.

More About Nick Clark

With almost two decades of business experience, Nick Clark has made significant contributions; most recently in the role of CEO and Executive Director of Alexium International, where he is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the business in Australia, the U.S. and Europe. His C-suite experience and entrepreneurial background provides him unique and valuable insights about leadership, critical decision making and how to effectively inspire employees.

Clark’s successful career began with his service in the Australian Army with the Australian Defense Force; there he obtained his law degree. While in the Army, he received military medals of commendation and served as peacekeeper for the U.N.. He started his career with Lehman Brothers, working in mergers and acquisitions, and subsequently assumed the role of Chief Investment Officer with Kiabo Securities in Beijing. He relocated to Perth, Australia to become Head of Commercial Risk and Contracts with Citic Securities. In addition to co-founding a private equity firm, he has founded more than four publicly traded companies and holds a number of senior advisory positions, including serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Congressional School as well as serving on the board of American Security Project. He received the bronze Stevie award as Executive of the Year 2016 at the 14th annual American Business Awards competition. Clark undertakes many philanthropic activities and is heavily devoted to children’s cancer research as well as adult cancer research through involvement in organizations such as Challenge to Conquer Cancer and the Dempsey Foundation. He continues to support start-ups by investing in young entrepreneurs. Clark holds a PhD in management, an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in economics and law with a focus in international foreign policy. He has attended Columbia University, Sydney University and the Yale CEO College.

Keywords:

Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, flame retardant, Nick Clark, Alexium International, Defense Authorization Act, Alexiflam, Ascalon, Nycolon, Nuvalon, Polytron, Omnitron, Bactron

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