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

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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

Special Edition COVID-19: NanoBCA Conference Call – Today 4/8 2PM ET

Posted on April 8th, 2020 | No Comments »

This is a reminder that we will be having a COVID-19 Special Edition NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call today.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/355487685

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 355-487-685

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

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

Court strikes down EPA suspension of Obama-era greenhouse gas rule
The Hill

Senate aims to approve more small business aid on Thursday
The Hill

2:01-2:10 COVID-19 Update
Sam Brauer, PhD
Founder & Principal, Nanotech Plus
sbrauer@nano-biz.com

PRESENTATION: The Coronavirus Pandemic: What Are the Options?

2:10-2:20  EHS UpdateLynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation of Asbestos, Will Hold Virtual Peer Review Meeting

Recent Federal Developments

COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program
March 26, 2020

2:20-2:35 Innovative Nanotechnology Coating Could Ease Critical Shortage of Masks
Improves protection for health, emergency professionals
Shay Curran, PhD
Chairman & CEO, Integricote, Inc.
scurran@integricote.com

VIDEO: UH Professor Presents Idea on How to Make Face Masks More COVID-19 Efficient

Improving Protection: Nanotech Coating Developed by UH Researchers Improves Protective Abilities of Surgical Masks
University of Houston

2:35-2:45  Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:45-2:55 Q&A

2:55  Conclusion

Looking forward to today’s call.

NanoBCA Members Alert: EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

Posted on March 31st, 2020 | No Comments »

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Please click the following link to read the entire letter from the EPA:

COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program

The temporary policy, for which the EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to bypass environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”

“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

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NANO NEWS

Below are various financial opportunities for companies:

Opportunities for innovations addressing COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

BARDA partnerships page

Present products/technologies to USG stakeholders to address response

BARDA BAA for products to diagnose, prevent or treat coronavirus infection

NSF RAPID funding mechanism for existing funding opportunities

NIAID & NIGMS Urgent Award mechanism to expand scope of currently active awards

CDC BAA for applied research to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging public health emergency

Flexibilities for innovators impacted by COVID-19

Relief for USPTO customers and other notices on USPTO regarding COVID-19

Information for NIH Applicants and Awardees

NSF information

NASA SBIR/STTR proposal due date extended

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As we proceed through an extension of ‘social distancing’ at least until the end of April, please know that those of you who live in parts of the country that have been affected the most by this virus remain in our thoughts & prayers with the hope we can be together under more relaxed circumstances, in the not too distant future. In the meantime, ‘Stay home and stay safe’.

NanoBCA Announces Breakthrough Integricote Nanocoating

Posted on March 31st, 2020 | No Comments »

Today, I am pleased to share the following announcement from NanoBCA Member, Dr. Shay Curran, CEO of Integricote Inc. Shay has been a member of the nanotechnology community for the past 15 years. This is a game-changing nanocoating that will be applied to face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Improving Protection: Nanotech Coating Developed by UH Researchers Improves Protective Abilities of Surgical Masks
University of Houston

Innovative Nanotechnology Coating Could Ease Critical Shortage of Masks
Improves protection for health, emergency professionals

Houston, March 28, 2020 – Integricote has announced a breakthrough coating that creates a droplet / fluid / water-repellent barrier, making inexpensive (and more readily available) masks and other PPE products an effective way to hinder SARS-CoV-2.

The innovative new coating, based on a decade of research and many US and international patents and filed applications, is designed to address and meet the emergency need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is designed to specifically deliver a protective coating for facemasks, surgical scrubs, air filters, and bed linens.

Integricote’s founder, a 30-year nanotechnology veteran and UH professor, Dr. Shay Curran, said “At a time when specialized medical safety equipment is in critical demand and short supply, we are excited to offer a real solution to provide water repellent coatings that work on painters masks, fabrics, and vent filters made from fiberglass and fabrics. This effectively reduces the risk of any waterborn organism – including the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 – from penetrating a coated fabric.”

The nanocoating is available now for manufacturers of PPEs. It can also be used on older out-ofdate N95 masks or lower cost masks that need to be enhanced. Before using masks, scrubs, etc., have suppliers spray on the coating to give front line health workers added protection.

“Using cloths, scarves, homemade masks, and other fabrics is not a good move. We don’t have to go there when Integricote can help now. Tell your health officials, your PPE suppliers, your governor, and other elected officials that there are other options. This is where the US needs to be winning the war against COVID-19. Our focus should be on finding a cure, doing the right thing, and protecting our frontline workers,” according to Curran.

Contact Becky Scott at becky@integricote.com for more details on how we can help your state and local hospitals – this is not for individuals right now but for medical suppliers and manufacturers.

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Established in 2013, Integricote is a nanocompany that has been working on water repellent coatings on many surfaces including fabrics, tarps, wood, and masonry. Integricote products and solutions are designed to improve the nature and quality of the surfaces we protect. The technology was developed in the materials/chemistry labs (Institute for NanoEnergy) of the physics department at the University of Houston.

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Kudos to Dr. Curran and his team.

Save the Date: 19th Annual NanoBusiness Conference 6/4 DC

Posted on March 31st, 2020 | No Comments »

We are excited to announce the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s (NanoBCA) return to Washington DC for our 19th Annual NanoBusiness Conference!

19th Annual NanoBusiness Conference
Thursday, June 4, 2020
K&L Gates Washington DC

This year’s event will feature experts from private industry, representatives from government agencies, and public policy leaders who will address the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing commercialization of nanotechnology-based products and nanomaterials.

It has been an honor to serve this unique scientific and engineering community since its inception 19 years ago.  It has been a labor of love to see our community continue to grow, with organizations that had no employees 15 years ago expand to have 100 employees today.

NANO NEWS
TSCA New Chemical Determinations: A Working Approach for Making Determinations Under TSCA Section 5

Public Policy Statement
By NanoBCA, Vincent Caprio, Executive Director
NanoViricides Closes on $8.625 Million Underwritten Public Offering of Common Stock
MarketWatch

Omni Nano Wins Challenge Grant!
I am pleased to announce that our education member, Omni Nano, will receive a total of $50,000 in new funds to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers in nanotechnology! Many of you have referred a potential donor, passed the message along, reached out by making phone calls, and shared the call-to-action on social media. We are especially thankful to those who donated. We cannot thank you enough!

NNCO Announcement: Celebrating Inspiring Women Nanoscientists
For Women’s History Month, we invite you to honor the women nanoscientists who inspire you. These may be women who have paved the way in nano research, up-and-coming researchers who are going to change the world with their work, or amazing teachers and mentors. Use #womeninnano and #womeninscience on Twitter or LinkedIn to highlight your favorite women in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This month, we celebrate all women who are making a difference in the nano community! 

Carbon nanotubes added to the SIN List as a nanomaterial of Very High Concern
Nature Nanotechnology

Our annual NanoBusiness Conference offers outstanding opportunities to connect with a diverse nanotechnology-related group of professionals in the heart of Washington DC. We hope you will be able to join us!

Join us and make a difference today

Posted on February 19th, 2020 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) has just made a charitable donation to STEM Education. Please, join us!

Our education member, Omni Nano, needs to raise the last $10,000 to win the challenge grant (details below).


Omni Nano has been inspiring high school students to be the next generation of scientists and engineers. This ensures that America continues to be the world leader in innovation and technology.

If you care about STEM education and the future of America’s competitiveness, please donate to Omni Nano today (We just did).

P.S. About the Challenge Grant: Omni Nano now has a unique opportunity to expand their programs and impact more students. They received a Challenge Grant from a Family Charitable Trust. If they raise $25,000 by the end of February, this Trust will also donate $25,000 to Omni Nano (1:1 matching). These funds will allow 1,000 students to receive a textbook for their STEM/nanotechnology courses.Follow this link to read the Challenge Grant Letter: https://omninano.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/omni-nano-challenge-grant-announcement-letter-redacted.pdf