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Posted: November 20, 2007
Triad North Carolina Brings Focus to Nanotechnology At Briefing For Area Industry Experts
(Nanowerk News) New products developed through nanotechnology could have a value of $1 trillion in the next 10 to 15 years, but in order to get these products to market quickly, new methods have to be developed to speed up the process from the bench to industry, according to a Piedmont Triad nanotechnology expert who spoke at the preview briefing of the N.C. Nanotech Conference.
Dixon Johnston is Executive Vice President of Quartek Corporation and Chief Operations Officer of Quartek’s NanoAccelerator, a business accelerator designed to provide support to the commercialization strategy for a growing number of start-ups. He provided an overview of the roster of companies participating in the business accelerator, as well as the commercial applications and potential types of customers targeted for development by those firms.
Dr. Yousef Haik, Director of the Center for Nanobioscience at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, outlined UNC-G’s development in magnetic hyperthermics as an example of how nanotechnology can revolutionize and rapidly advance the treatment of tumor cancers. He and his colleagues are developing a method of heating tumors to make them more receptive to smaller doses of chemotherapy or radiation.
To foster the commercialization of nanotechnology in North Carolina Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network will host the third annual N.C. Nanotech Conference March 26-27, 2008 on the campus of Salem College, the oldest educational institution for women in the United States. A variety of topics will be offered, but the central theme will be the status and outlook of nanotech commercialization.
The conference is designed for nanotechnology entrepreneurs, executives representing large companies investing in nanotech product development, licensing nanotechnology or purchasing nanomaterials, and venture capitalists and private equity investors. More information can be obtained through www.ncnano.com
“The NanoAccelerator and Dr. Haik’s development are examples of breakthroughs in nanotechnology research that have tremendous commercial potential for the Triad,” said Jon Obermeyer, CEO of PTEN. “The N.C. Nano conference is designed to bring together such experts in the field who can share information and network during the two-day conference.”
Formed in July 2004, Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network provides comprehensive entrepreneurial support to the Triad. A collaboration of leadership in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, PTEN is funded primarily by Action Greensboro, Winston-Salem Alliance and High Point Partners and corporate sponsors. It offers programs, resources and services in five major areas: education and mentoring, networking, business plan competitions, capital access and communications. www.pten.org