On behalf of Pennsylvania Governor
Edward G. Rendell, Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis
Yablonsky today announced that "The Business of Nano" conference will be held
May 25-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia to showcase
innovative products, resources and programs that are accelerating the adoption
and application of nanotechnology throughout the state.
More than 250 key corporate and academic nanotech associates representing
funding, research, development, manufacturing and investment communities will
be assembled at the state's second major nano gathering sponsored by the
Commonwealth. More than 25 companies are slated to present their nanotech
products and research.
University and industry overviews, nanotechnology and life sciences
(medical and pharmaceutical applications), nanomanufacturing and processing
(chemicals and materials), capitalization for nano companies, ethics for
nanotechnology; regional infrastructure for nanotechnology, and legal issues
for nanotechnology are among the conference session topics.
Secretary Yablonsky will open up the two-day conference with an overview
of the Commonwealth's nanotechnology activities.
"Nanotechnology is an engine that will drive industrial change in the
coming years," Yablonsky said. "The conference is just one example of how the
Commonwealth is positioning itself to ensure it is a key player in this
building wave of development that promises to create a new generation of jobs
In the coming years, nanotechnology, which creates technology atom by
atom, will transform virtually every industrial sector. While spending on the
technology in the U.S. has reached $3 billion a year, nano products are
expected to account for $1 trillion in sales in the U.S. by 2015.
Pennsylvania's nanotechnology activities have attracted international
attention for the second consecutive year through "Small Times" magazine's
annual "Top 10 Small Tech Hot Spots" rankings. This year, the Commonwealth
ranked seventh best in the nation for nanotechnology - up from its 2003
ranking as number 10.
Josh Wolfe, a renowned authority on nanotechnology, will be the opening
plenary speaker. Commenting on Pennsylvania's nanotechnology standing, Wolfe
said, "In all my travels, one thing's certain about nanotech: it's not a
Silicon Valley phenomenon. Leadership is up for grabs, and so are the
scientific breakthroughs, the jobs and investment profits. Pennsylvania's got
the scientific star power, plus the political, industrial and financial
support to own this space." Wolfe is a managing partner of Lux Capital, editor
of Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, and a senior associate of the Foresight
Institute for Nanotechnology.
The complete conference program can be viewed online at
Registration and sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be
accessed on the conference web site. Online registration will be available
through May 17 at noon. On site registration will be available May 25-26.
To learn more about the conference or to be added to the mailing list,
call 202-973-8702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.