A NanoBCA Retrospective — A Conversation with Vincent Caprio [PODCAST]

Posted on September 22nd, 2020 | No Comments »

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

This week I sat down with Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA). Vince has been on the forefront of nano innovations and optimizing opportunities for businesses to commercialize their nano creations for more than two decades. In founding the NanoBCA, Vince has placed it at the center of nanotechnology commercialization, national policy, law, and business since the beginning of the public’s focus on nanotechnology. NanoBCA has provided a much-needed spotlight on how nanotechnology has been a critical driver for the development of advanced materials, smart technology, innovations in chemistry, and a diverse range of other initiatives that have greatly benefited many economic sectors of the economy. As Chair of the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Committee of the NanoBCA, I have long admired Vince’s vision, organization-building skills, and his seemingly endless list of contacts — there is no one in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere, whom Vince does not know!

In our conversation, Vince shares a bit about the early days of nanotechnology, how NanoBCA helped frame critical EHS issues in a way that moved the technology forward, his relationship with and deep engagement in the activities of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, his engagement with key Senators and Representatives on nano matters, and what’s next for nanotechnology after the 2020 elections.

About the Author

Lynn Bergeson, Campbell PC, Toxic Substances Control Act Attorney, federal insecticide lawyer, industrial biotechnology legal counsel, Food Drug Administration law

Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Partner
Bergeson & Campbell PC
www.lawbc.com

Lynn L. Bergeson has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies.

NanoBCA Recommends: U.S.-EU NanoEHS COR Workshop – Sept 16-17 Virtual Meeting

Posted on September 10th, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) recommends the following virtual workshop.

2020 U.S.-EU NanoEHS COR Workshop: Bridging Insights and Perspectives
September 16-17, Virtual Meeting
6:30 (Pacific)/9:30 (Eastern)/15:30 (Central Europe) – 10:30/13:30/19:30

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and European Commission have organized the ninth annual meeting of the nanoEHS Communities of Research (CORs) as a virtual workshop on September 16-17, 2020. As the nanoEHS research ecosystem continues to evolve, this event will identify future needs and opportunities. Conversations will further address how the lessons learned from nanoEHS research can be applied to other areas such as emerging technologies and incidental nanomaterials. The workshop will foster high-level discussions of nanoEHS and related areas to explore connections and synergies that will drive responsible development into the coming decades.

The event will run for four hours each day. Webcast plenaries will include a live Q&A portion. Breakout sessions will feature interactive discussion. Click here for the draft agenda.

For more details, please visit https://us-eu.org/2020-nanoehs-cor-workshop/ or contact: useuworkshop@nnco.nano.gov.

We hope you will be able to participate!

OSTP, NSF & DOE Announce over $1B in Awards for AI & QIS Research Institutes

Posted on September 3rd, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to share the following game-changing American scientific funding announcement:

White House Office of Technology Policy, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Announce $1 Billion in Awards for Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Information Science Research Institutes
Energy.gov

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $1 billion in awards for the establishment of 12 new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) research institutes nationwide. 

The $1 billion will go towards NSF-led AI Research Institutes and DOE QIS Research Centers over five years, establishing 12 multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional national hubs for research and workforce development in these critical emerging technologies. Together, the institutes will spur cutting edge innovation, support regional economic growth, and advance American leadership in these critical industries of the future. 

“Today, the Trump Administration is making an unprecedented investment to strengthen American leadership in AI and quantum, and to ensure the Nation benefits from these emerging technologies. Built upon the uniquely American free market approach to technological advancement, these institutes will be world-class hubs for accelerating American innovation and building the 21st century American workforce,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.

“Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, the United States is accomplishing yet another milestone in our efforts to strengthen research in AI and quantum. We are proud to announce that over $1 billion in funding will be geared towards that research, a defining achievement as we continue to shape and prepare this great Nation for excellence in the industries of the future,” said Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.

“Today’s announcement captures the very best of our Nation’s innovation ecosystem. Through these institutes, the Federal government, private sector, and academia will come together to drive transformative AI and quantum breakthroughs. This is a significant achievement for the American people and the future of emerging technologies,” said Chris Liddell, White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

“The Department of Energy is a staunch supporter of cutting edge research to advance quantum information science,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “I am proud to lead an Agency committed to developing industries of the future by making investments today to accelerate American innovation.”

“NSF’s long history of investment in AI research and workforce development paved the way for many of the breakthrough commercial technologies permeating and driving society today,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “NSF invests more than $500 million in AI research annually. We are supporting seven NSF-led AI Institutes this year, with more to follow, creating hubs for academia, industry, and government to collaborate on profound discoveries and develop new capabilities to advance American competitiveness for decades to come.” 

“The Department of Energy is proud to be in partnership with a significant breadth of participants to support Quantum Information Science Centers around the country, and by allocating generous contributions from these participants we can continue to further scientific discovery through quantum technologies,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “Our Nation continues to lead in the development of industries of the future, and these five centers will marshal the full strength of our National Laboratories, universities, and our public and private sector partnerships.”

NSF-Led AI Research Institutes

·    The National Science Foundation and additional Federal partners, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are awarding $140 million for seven NSF-led AI Research Institutes over five years to accelerate a number of AI R&D areas, such as machine-learning, synthetic manufacturing, precision agriculture, and forecasting prediction.

·    The NSF-led AI Research Institutes will be hosted by universities across the country, including at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California at Davis, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Click here for the full list of the NSF-led AI Institutes

·    NSF anticipates additional AI Research Institute awards in the coming years, with more than $300 million in total investment toward these national hubs expected by next summer.

·    This builds upon last month’s announcement of $75 million for three new Quantum Leap Challenges Institutes awarded by NSF.

DOE Quantum Information Science Research Centers

·    To establish the QIS Research Centers, the Department of Energy is awarding $625 million over five years to DOE’s Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, subject to appropriations. Each QIS Center incorporates a collaborative research team spanning multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and multiple institutions.

·    This award was met with $340 million in contributions from the private sector and academia.

·    The centers will focus on a range of key QIS research topics including quantum networking, sensing, computing, and materials manufacturing. Click here for the full list of DOE’s QIS Centers

·    The National Quantum Initiative Act, bipartisan legislation signed by President Trump in 2018, called for the creation of research centers nationwide to accelerate foundational QIS research and development. 

Earlier this year, President Trump committed to doubling investment in AI and QIS research and development over two years. Click here to view the latest report illustrating the Administration’s progress in delivering on this request. 

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News Media Contact: (202) 586-4940

Quantum Information Science Centers
U.S. Department of Energy

The Trump Administration is Investing $1 Billion in Research Institutes to Advance Industries of the Future
Office of Science and Technology Policy
By Michael Kratsios and Chris Liddell

Kudos to the science and engineering community for this significant American funding announcement.

NanoBCA Recommends: Available On-Demand: “TSCA Reform – Four Years Later” Virtual Seminar

Posted on July 23rd, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to share the following information from the “TSCA Reform – Four Years Later” virtual seminar. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

On June 24, 2020, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health presented “TSCA Reform – Four Years Later.” A full recording of the seminar, including a keynote address by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and comments by the Hon. John Shimkus U.S. Representative, 15th District of Illinois, is available to WATCH NOW.

This complimentary all-day virtual seminar marked the fourth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, with top EPA officials and industry leaders reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Panelists covered “TSCA Implementation: Where Are We Now?,” “Science Policy Issues,” and “Regulatory and Policy Issues” while offering unique insights into the decision-making process of EPA.

Building on the timely information shared during this event, B&C’s All Things Chemical™ podcast has released an exclusive interview with Alexandra Dunn focusing on the current state of TSCA, “TSCA at Four – A Conversation with Alexandra Dunn, OCSPP AA.” Lynn L. Bergeson and Alexandra Dunn focused their discussion on the implementation of the amendments to TSCA, which Congress enacted in 2016. As pollution prevention is an integral part of EPA’s mission, this episode also focuses on initiatives under way to introduce safer and greener chemicals. Finally, the discussion includes a look ahead to what is on EPA’s agenda for the remainder of the year, which promises to be extraordinarily busy.

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We hope you enjoy!

NanoBCA Conference Call – Weds 7/22 2PM ET

Posted on July 23rd, 2020 | No Comments »

Date:  Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/766432557

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 766-432-557

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AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincent@nanobca.org

National Academies Launch Study on Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine – First Meeting July 24
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

2:05-2:15  EHS Update
Lynn L. Bergeson

Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EPA’s Temporary Enforcement Policy Will End August 31

Recent Federal Developments

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:45 Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:45-2:50 Q&A

2:50  Conclusion

Looking forward to our call.

NanoBCA Recommends: TSCA Reform – Four Years Later Webinar 6/24

Posted on June 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following webinar:

TSCA Reform – Four Years Later

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm ET

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required by JUNE 22.

Please REGISTER HERE.  Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.

Webinar start times are as follows:  9:30 AM Eastern, 8:30 AM Central,  7:30 AM Mountain, and 6:30 AM Pacific. Please note that your browser may/may not automatically adjust the time for your zone when you register.

There is NO CLE for this event. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions.

NOTE: All registrants for ELI events need to have an ELI “account.” When you click on the above Register Here link, you will be asked to log in.

ELI members and previous registrants have accounts. If you don’t remember your password, please click on the “Request new password” tab.

Non-members who have previously not set up an ELI account may click on the “Create new account” tab, complete the process, and then return to this page to register. While creating this account does not confer membership, it will allow you to register for this and future events at any appropriate non-member rate that may be required.

An Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Co-Sponsored Conference

This conference marks the fourth Toxic Substances Control Act Annual Conference, expanding upon TSCA: Three Years LaterTSCA Reform at 2 Years and TSCA Reform: One Year Later. Leading panelists will reflect on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) stands today.

Panelists will dive into a host of topics, including the current impacts of TSCA on science policies, challenges faced by industry, and the impacts of TSCA on regulatory policies especially those concerning ensuring compliance and enforcement. Join ELI, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading experts, and distinguished keynote speakers in a day-long exploration of the issues and regulations surrounding TSCA.

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NANO NEWS

NNCO Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2020 Edition

Nanomedicine Moving Forward: A Snippet with Paula Hammond
In this Snippet from Stories from the NNI podcast, Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of the NNCO, speaks with Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and the Head of he Department of Chemical Engineering, about the challenges in medicine that nanotechnology may help address in the future.

EPA Releases Proposed Rule Intended to Improve the Transparency of Guidance
Bergeson & Campbell PC

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Once again, we hope you will be able to attend the TSCA Reform – Four Years Later Webinar on Wednesday, June 24thREGISTER HERE

NanoBCA Conference Call – Today 6/3 2PM ET

Posted on June 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

This is a reminder that we will be having our NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call today.

Date:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/164328893

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 164-328-893

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Please mute your line if you are not speaking.  Thank you.

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AGENDA

2:00-2:01  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincent@nanobca.org

2:01-2:05 COVID-19 Update
Sam Brauer, PhD
Founder & Principal, Nanotech Plus
sbrauer@nano-biz.com

2:05-2:15  Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:45 EHS Update
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EPA Releases Proposed Rule Intended to Improve the Transparency of Guidance

Recent Federal Developments

2:45-2:50 Q&A

2:50  Conclusion

Looking forward to today’s call.

NanoBCA Recommends: Quadrennial Review of the NNI: Report Briefing 6/9

Posted on May 28th, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following:

Quadrennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Report Briefing

The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) coordinates nanotechnology-related research and development across 26 federal agencies. This highly interdisciplinary research is making significant contributions to the nation’s high-technology economy in areas from microelectronics to medicine. However, nanotechnology research is being conducted in an increasingly competitive global arena. With other nations making large investments in the field, the United States is at risk of falling behind.

The National Academies invites you to join us for a report briefing webinar on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 1-2:30pm ET featuring our recent report, A Quadrennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative: Nanoscience, Applications, and CommercializationDuring the webinar, members of the study committee will discuss how U.S. nanotechnology programs compare to those in other nations, whether coordination under the NNI should continue, and how to improve the NNI’s research and development strategy to further enhance U.S. economic prosperity and security. After the talk, speakers will take questions from the audience.

WEBINAR INSTRUCTIONS
If you wish to attend the webinar, please REGISTER HERE and you’ll receive the login link in an email the day before the event. The webinar will be held using zoom. If you wish to test your technology ahead of time, you can join a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test.

ABOUT THE STUDY

This study was organized at the request of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) pursuant to the 2003 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, Section 5 of Public Law 108-153.1. Learn more about the project on the study website.

How can U.S. nanotechnology research improve economic prosperity and security?  Join @theNASEM for a webinar briefing on June 9 at 1pm ET about our recent report reviewing the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  Register at http://nni.eventbrite.com. @NNInanonews

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NANO NEWS

EPA Releases Proposed Rule Intended to Improve the Transparency of Guidance
Bergeson & Campbell PC

Stories from the NNI podcast episodes are conversations with experts from academia, government, or industry who share their perspectives on key research and development advances in nanotechnology and how the NNI has changed the nanotechnology landscape.

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Once again, we hope you will be able to attend the Quadrennial Review of the NNI: Report Briefing webinar on Tuesday, June 9th. REGISTER HERE

NanoBCA Monthly Conference Call – Today 5/20 2PM ET

Posted on May 20th, 2020 | No Comments »

This is a reminder that we will be having our monthly NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call today.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/984626101

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 984-626-101

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
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Please mute your line if you are not speaking.  Thank you.

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AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincent@nanobca.org

2:05-2:15  EHS Update
Carla N. Hutton
Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
chutton@lawbc.com

Lynn L. Bergeson Named among Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Washington D.C.; Earns Band 1 Ranking from Chambers and Partners

Final SECURE Rule Will Update and Modernize USDA’s Biotechnology Regulations

Recent Federal Developments

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:45 Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:45-2:50 Q&A

2:50  Conclusion

Looking forward to today’s call.

NanoBCA Monthly Conference Call – 4/22 2PM ET

Posted on April 22nd, 2020 | No Comments »

This is a reminder that we will be having our monthly NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call today.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/897048541

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 897-048-541

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
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Please mute your line if you are not speaking.  Thank you.

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AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincent@nanobca.org

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. In 1970, according to EarthDay.org, about 20 million Americans assembled to demand greater attention to the protection of the planet. Since then, activists around the world have gathered each year to mark the day.

Senate approves $483B virus aid deal, sends it to House
The Washington Post

House expected to vote on changing rules to allow remote voting
The Hill

2:05-2:15  EHS Update
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EPA Seeks Public Comment on First Batch of Draft Scope Documents

Recent Federal Developments

2:15-2:25 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:25-2:40 Manufacturing in America Post COVID-19
Ed Youdell
President & CEO
FMA – Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International
ed@fmanet.org

2:40-2:45 Q&A

2:45  Conclusion