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Posted: October 11, 2007

Additional Keynote Speakers and Corporate Sponsors Announced for 2007 Nano App Summit

(Nanowerk News) The Nano-Network and NanoBusiness Alliance, today announced corporate event sponsors and additional keynote speakers for the 2007 Nano App Summit, to be held October 22-25, 2007, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Complete event information can be found online at www.nanoappsummit.com
At the Summit, major manufacturers, leading nanotechnology product developers, and industry experts will share product enhancements, insight on current market demands, commercialization opportunities and much more. Over 400 CEOs and CTOs of public and private companies, IP professionals, government officials, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, innovators, and industry thought leaders are expected to gather in Cleveland to address industry-specific commercialization opportunities and challenges in Automotive, CleanTech, and Defense sectors.
Keynote speakers added to the agenda include:
  • Daniel Rardon, Ph.D., Manager, Advanced Technologies, PPG: Dr. Rardon will highlight technological advances enabled via nanoscale science and engineering, commercial products, and models to help drive technology to market, including the establishment of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center.
  • Naoki “Nick” Sugimoto, Principal, Honda Strategic Venturing: Mr. Sugimoto will present the impact of nanotechnology on Honda’s technology road map, as well as HSV’s strategy to promote collaborative R&D between Honda and technology venture companies.
  • Clayton Teague, Ph.D., Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office: Dr. Teague’s presentation will review the history of scientific efforts toward addressing Richard Feynman’s challenge of creating materials by design for specific functions. Dr. Teague will also provide a limited overview of the major paths being pursued toward the goal of building atom-by-atom.
  • These additions to the agenda compliment the already outstanding line-up of nanotechnology executives and thought leaders. They include: Peter Buca, Vice President of Innovation and Technology, Parker Hannifin; Carlo Montemagno, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati; David Morgenthaler, Founder, Morgenthaler; Sharon Smith, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Technology, Lockheed Martin; and James Von Ehr, Chairman and Founder, Zyvex Inc.
    Corporate sponsors for the 2007 Nano App Summit include: American Elements; Applied Sciences/Pyrograf; ASM International; Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; Case Western Reserve University; Helios Coatings; JumpStart, Inc.; Keithley Instruments; Kent State University; MemPro Ceramics; Michigan Small Tech Association; Motorola; Nanofilm; NorTech; Ohio Aerospace Institute; Ohio Capital Fund; Ovation Polymer; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Powdermet; PPG; Roetzel and Andress; Thompson Hine LLP; University of Akron; and University of Cincinnati.
    “Nano App 2007 is the most applications focused nanotechnology event of the year, addressing industry-specific applications in Automotive, CleanTech and Defense sectors. It’s all about nanotechnology applications today — not years into the future. Our corporate sponsors recognize nanotechnology is having a dramatic impact on our world and have a vested interest in supporting the development and commercialization of future nanotechnologies,” said Alexis Abramson, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Nano-Network, Vice President of Technology Innovation at NorTech.
    “We’re pleased to have Dr. Clayton Teague join this year’s Nano App Summit line-up. As the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and a world class scientist in his own right, he possesses a unique perspective to challenge attendees to reflect upon on the progress of nanotechnology to date and to consider where we might head with nanotechnology in the future,” said Sean Murdock, Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance.
    The 2007 Nano App Summit is part of a five day series of activities during Nano Week in Cleveland, October 22-26. Stay tuned to www.nano-network.org for more details about Nano Week.
    About the Nano-Network:
    The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization activities and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. The Nano-Network is one of the largest and best-known privately funded, “grass roots” nanotechnology organizations in the United States. The Nano-Network is currently managed by NorTech (www.nortech.org), a regional economic development organization focused on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. NorTech’s relationship with the Nano-Network provides the group with structure, contacts and resources to further promote nanotechnology in Ohio and the United States.
    www.nano-network.org
    About The NanoBusiness Alliance
    The NanoBusiness Alliance is the industry association for the emerging nanotechnology industry. Through its extensive network of leading startups, Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and public-private partnerships, the Alliance shapes nanotechnology policy and helps accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology innovations. The NanoBusiness Alliance has offices in New York, Chicago, Connecticut and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.nanobusiness.org.
    Source: NanoBusiness Alliance