Dow wins CIO 100 Award for its CAS-powered Smart Search tool that expedites R&D processes; US CIO 100 awards recognize 100 organizations driving groundbreaking projects in enterprise IT

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April 28, 2023 (press release) –



MIDLAND, Mich. – April 28, 2023 – Dow (NYSE: DOW) was honored with a CIO 100 Award for its Smart Search tool, powered by CAS, which accelerates R&D and helps provide the best, most sustainable solutions for customers. The US CIO 100 awards recognize 100 organizations driving groundbreaking projects in enterprise IT and the companies and teams that create them. “Smart Search for Dow demonstrates what can happen when we enable traditional innovation with technology,” stated Melanie Kalmar, corporate vice president, chief information officer and chief digital officer. “Development is enhanced, meaning Dow can deliver better, safer and more sustainable solutions faster than before. We are honored to receive this award for such an important project.”

Smart Search revolutionizes the search process for chemicals and saves research time and cost by identifying leads for testing materials amongst the 200+ million known chemicals. The tool combines the world’s largest scientist-curated data collection from CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, with an intuitive user interface.

Whether identifying materials with specific physical or chemical properties or replacing substances of concern with improved hazard profiles, Smart Search enables researchers with digital search capability. Complex searches can be done within minutes by use of specialized technologies that extract a multitude of attributes about a compound and its 3D structure with precision. Dow can combine the power of the tool with its own computational chemistry expertise to further refine the material set identified by Smart Search.

“This capability will lead to efficient solutions throughout industrial chemistry, catalysis and other sectors to continue producing highly sustainable and safe materials across the industry,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president and chief technology officer. “This achievement also serves as an excellent recognition of the partnership between IT and R&D to create strong joint innovations.”

According to CIO, winners “are using IT in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth, or improving relationships with customers. The award is an acknowledged mark of enterprise excellence.”

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

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