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Posted: March 30, 2008
Safe NanoMaterials Joins Virginia Tech Incubator
(Nanowerk News) VT KnowledgeWorks announced new member, Benjamin Lepene, the company founder of Safe NanoMaterials to the VT KnowledgeWorks program. Safe NanoMaterials provides proactive nanotoxicology services designed to assess and reduce environmental and health impacts associated with engineered nanomaterials.
Lepene’s commitment to launch Safe NanoMaterials was reaffirmed after attending VT KnowledgeWorks two-day Concept Camp late in February at Mountain Lake Resort. Lepene is currently a Ph.D. Candidate and National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship recipient in Biomedical Sciences at Virginia Tech. He has also served as a Group Leader and Research Scientist at Nanosonic, Inc.
VT KnowledgeWorks is a high-tech business incubator which encourages inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs as they conceive, design, launch and grow companies to financial independence. It provides a comprehensive mix of services carefully designed to reduce risk in a systematic manner by nurturing core business competencies within each Member company, by helping them maintain strategic focus, minimizing their administrative overhead, and supporting their executive leadership. It currently has 33 member companies. VT KnowledgeWorks is located within the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Research Center houses more than 135 high-tech businesses employing over 2,000 people in 24 buildings.
VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Access PR, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Latimer, Mayberry & Matthews IP Law, LeClairRyan, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).