Ian Grayson studied at Cambridge University, under the supervision of Stuart Warren, receiving his PhD in 1977. After post-doctoral studies with Wolfgang Oppolzer in Geneva, he learned the basics of process chemistry while working as a research chemist at Lonza’s plant in Visp, Swizterland. Returning to the UK in 1985, he joined Laporte as a development chemist, and was responsible for the scale-up and plant introduction of many fine chemical processes for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals at the Fine Organics site in Middlesbrough. On the purchase of Laporte by Degussa in 2001, he worked for the Technology and R&D Management Department in Degussa’s Fine Chemicals Business Unit. In 2007 Degussa changed its name to Evonik, and he now works in the Strategic Innovation Department within the Health Care business of Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH. The key areas of work are in looking for new technologies and products and in the presentation of Evonik’s capabilities to a wider public.