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Posted: February 5, 2008
MayaTech Establishes Center to Focus on Nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) The MayaTech Corporation, a
leading provider of consulting and technical services to Federal agencies,
has expanded its services with the establishment of the Center for
NanoSystems Technology Applications (NSTA). The center will study the
legal, regulatory, ethical, and social implications of nanotechnology and
"MayaTech recognizes that nanotechnology offers exciting
possibilities," says Jean-Marie Mayas, Ph.D., president and CEO of The
MayaTech Corporation. "In keeping with our focus on public health, we
intend to address the need for research and information that provides
adequate assessment of the health and environmental benefits and risks of
this emerging technology."
NSTA, led by MayaTech Science Monitor Dyneisha Felder and Health Policy
Advisor Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H., is composed of social science
research and evaluation professionals with expertise in health law and
regulation, bioethics, and policy. Building on MayaTech's expertise in
research and evaluation, NSTA is creating a database that will offer
clients access to a compilation of reliable information on nano ethical,
legal, and social implications (NELSI) issues. In addition, a free, online
database offers Web users information on nanotechnology conferences and
events at TheConferenceDesk.com.
"We are poised to assist in the monitoring and development of Federal
and state law, regulation, and policy related to nanotechnology research,
products, health safety, and components," says Lowrey. "We have much to
offer as national and international consensus of nanotechnology risk and
language begins to take shape."
As members of the national and international community are working to
discover the first breakthrough product or application that will establish
nanotechnology as a household term, MayaTech is enhancing the current
knowledge base in preparation for that event.
"Nanotechnology presents unlimited possibilities to revolutionize the
way we think of science," says Felder. "The hope of one day being able to
selectively target a single cancer cell or to regenerate tissue by
controlling cell behavior is within grasp if we can settle issues around
proper risk assessment and NELSI."
The MayaTech Corporation is a diversified professional and technical
services company that provides applied social science research and
evaluation, conference and logistics management, information development
and dissemination, technical assistance and training, and international
development services to public and private sector clients.