Friday, September 26, 2008

NanotX USA 2008

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NANO-SAFETY and Risk Management to be Study of Expert Panel at Major Nanotechnology Conference

As the issue of safety in nanotechnology is pressing, top minds in the field will gather during International Nanotechnology Week to provide an accurate vision or risks. Latest information from the EPA, Europe, and industry to be incorporated.

Dallas, Texas, September 26, 2008 – A distinguished panel of nanotechnology experts will address the topics of nano-safety when they gather at the nanotxUSA Conference/Expo, October 2-3, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel. The issue of safety in nanotechnology is being reported in a number of tightly focused areas. Specific applications or research directions will be evaluated with the concerns for their special niche. “The question that everyone is interested in is ‘what are the potential problems that may arise,’ and how can society be protected?,” said Dr. Walt Trybula, of Texas State University-San Marcos, who organized and will chair the panel. “This is a two hour session. The panelists will provide their perspective from the view of the European community, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Industry.”

This extremely important topic is of interest to technologists, corporate executives, educators, and the general public. It will be open to all attendees of the conference.

The panelists will provide their vision of the risks, means of mitigating them, and the responsibilities implicit in working in nanotechnology. These presentations will be followed by one addressing Risk Management. This will then be followed by a question and answer session. There is a one hour networking session scheduled following the end of the panel, so discussions can continue after the official end of the program.

“The ‘take-away’ from this session is to develop an understanding of the potential risks,” said Trybula, “and to provide the means of mitigating them, finding efforts that can be taken to protect people and the environment, and a starting point of where to go to find assistance.”

The panelists include a roster of the best brains on the subject: Dr. Dianne Poster – NIST [leadership in nanotechnology]; Dr. Zvi Yaniv – Applied Nanotech, Inc. [implementation of a safety program in industry]; Catherine Crago – SemiconGroup [cultural issues with safety efforts]; Dr. Dominick Fazarro – Sam Houston State University [Educational efforts in NANO-SAFETY]; Dr. Robert Blaunstein – Nanotech Risk Management, LLC [risk management]; Chair Dr. Walt Trybula, is an IEEE Fellow, SPIE Fellow, and Director of the Nanomaterials Application Center at Texas State University-San Marcos.

“The issue of the impact from nanotechnology on people and the environment has been receiving increasing coverage in the press,” said Richard Mason, General Manager of nanotxUSA’08, “with the expansion of nanotechnology into our society we are constantly getting questioned about the safety of applying technology and that is why nanoxUSA has brought together these experts. The schedule is available at our website,”

About nanotxUSA’08 Conference/Trade Expo with Global Partner nano tech Japan, highlights advances in nanoscience, explains how nanotechnology is being used today and how it will impact a broad range of industries tomorrow, including: electronics, energy, aerospace, defense, biomedicine, robotics, chemicals and more. nanotxUSA has established a reputation for delivering solid content, compelling panel discussions, early-stage investment opportunities and a world-class roster of presenters. The signature Nobel Laureate Legends cocktail hour, dedicated to the memory of Jack Kilby, Rick Smalley, and Alan MacDiarmid, continues this year in its fine networking tradition.

Highlights of nanotxUSA’08 at a GLANCE

Charismatic Leadership
· Dr. Tadashi Sasaki, Japanese Business Legend
Here on business relations tour

· Dr. Eric Drexler, keynoting
Internationally renowned nanotech business leader, Wired Magazine says “coined word nanotechnology”

· Stan Ovshinsky, keynoting
Time Magazine’s Hero of the Planet, and Japan’s American Hero

· Bill Kroll, keynoting
Matheson Tri-Gas, Tayio Nippon Sanso Corp., others

· Prof. Mauricio Terrones, keynoting
IPICyT (Mexico) Leader, National Laboratory for Nanoscience Research

· Dan Vilenski, Featured Business and Commercialization topics
Isreali Nanotechnology Initiative

More Speakers

· International Nanotechnology Week
100 Specialists to speak from world Nanotechnology hot spots. See lineup at website

· Panels: Safety/Trends/Finance/Investing
NANO-SAFETY & Risk Management Panel, Investing in Nanotechnology Panel, Nanotechnology & Society Panel, Workforce Development Panel, Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialization Panel

· Nanotech 101—An Overview of Nanotechnology for Non-techies
Taught by Austin Community College

Special Events

· Nobel Laureate Legends Cocktail Reception
Important networking opportunities first evening of event


· Breakthrough Technology Revealed by Leading Firms Many exhibitors have chosen nanotxUSA’08 to unveil dramatic developments

· New Product Demos
Long-time business alliances of complementary firms to be nurtured, established

· $200Million Texas Emerging Technology fund in action
Visit with the incubators making it happen and firms that are succeeding with the fund’s help, such as Optisense, in booth number 502.

· Numbers of Major Organizations and Associations
Providing big discounts on early registration conference passes. See at web site when you go to REGISTER

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