Archive for October, 2009

Invitation: India Trade Mission Trip Nov. 16-20 Delhi and Mumbai

Posted on October 15th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As you know, the Alliance’s public policy counsel is the firm of K&L Gates. They have excellent contacts in India and are considering bringing a small group of emerging technology companies and/or venture capital firms to meet with senior Indian investors, CEOs and government officials relevant to the U.S. entities participating. The trip would take place the week of November 16th, and include three days in Delhi and two days in Mumbai. The firm’s contacts in India have specified particular interest in U.S. clean tech/renewable energy tech companies, clean water and sanitation technology companies, and material coating companies. As initial examples, the firm has identified the following as being willing to meet with U.S. companies individually or in small groups:


The members of the delegation would have an opportunity to meet with senior representatives (including possibly the Ministers themselves) within the following:

  • Ministry for Corporate Affairs
  • Ministry for Environment and Forests
  • Ministry for Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry for External Affairs
  • Ministry for Power


Delegates from Companies and Industry Alliances engaged in development and deployment of new water technologies will be introduced and can share best practices with business leaders from representative companies noted below. Water has historically been a public sector responsibility. However, the Indian Government has increasingly been looking for the private sector to engage on the back of major reforms in various sub-sectors of water. Private unlisted companies, such as:

  • Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company (JUSCO), a subsidiary of the TATA group, provides comprehensive services in the supply of water to both industrial and domestic customers. The Company was formed in 2004 and has since ventured beyond Jamshedpur to create new facilities in water across the country apart from modernizing and maintaining existing ones.
  • Knowledge Infrastructure Systems Pvt, Ltd, an evolving energy management company expanding into the water supply arena

Those companies engaged in technologies around solar energy, fuel cell and photovoltaic technology would get an opportunity to interact and share their experiences and innovations with a cross section of companies and institutes including:

  • TERI – a leading global institution focused on sustainable development. It has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable. The head of TERI, Dr. Pachauri, is a Nobel Laureate (along with Al Gore) for Environmental Matters.
  • Reliance Energy, a key part of the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (“ADAG”), India’s third largest business house and is the country’s foremost private sector utility with aggregate group revenues of US$ 3 billion.

In coatings, the delegates would have an opportunity to interact with both large and medium-sized entities to inform and educate business leaders on the commercialization of their technologies across the infrastructure space. These include:

Reliance Infrastructure, part of Reliance – ADAG, is the country’s first and only private sector builder to build India’s first 100-storey building, a trade tower; and a business district over 80 acres in the southern city of Hyderabad.

  • DLF group is the leading real estate developer in India. The group has over 224 million sq ft of existing development and 748 sq ft of planned development.
  • GMR group is now a global infrastructure player with major interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure. Going forward, the group is actively seeking opportunities in core areas of infrastructure development including property development and transportation.
  • DSC Ltd is a part of DS Corp, a transnational conglomerate present across four continents. The conglomerate has interests spread across the world ranging from developing and constructing Infrastructure to hospitality, trading, real estate and retailing.

K&L Gates is exploring the level of interest in such a project. The Firm would not charge any fees for the trip; costs to participants would include their travel expenses (airfare, hotel, etc.) and between $2,500 and $3,000 per participant for the Indian logistics people. Please let me know if you would be interested in participating.


Vincent Caprio
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance

Nano and Green Technology 2009 Conference and Symposium, Nov 17-19, NYC

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I would like to invite you to the Nano and Green Tech 2009 Conference with the theme, COLLOIDS AND SURFACES, NANOPARTICLES, AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY 2009 – Emphasizing Emerging Science and Technologies, Materials, Applications, Commercialization and Business Opportunities, being held in conjunction and in partnership with Chem Show 2009. I am the session chair for the Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials – Emerging Applications, Market Trends and Economic Impact panel being held on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:30am.

The conference is being held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, seven blocks from Times Square. The conference hotels have recently reduced their rates so plan for a great time in New York City while attending the conference and Chem Show Expo.

You can pre-register online now and save up to $100 in registration fees. If you need any further information, please contact my good friend:

Thomas Abraham, Ph.D.
President, Innovative Research and Products, Inc. and Chairman, Nanotech 2009
Tel: 203-569-7909 


For complete program details 

For the week ending October 10, 2009

– Foley & Lardner’s Sharon Barner Named Deputy Director of the USPTO 

– Nanotechnology breast cancer study receives $2.8 million DoD grant 

– 50 years ago this week on October 5, 1959, IBM introduced the IBM 1401, the first, practical, business computer. The system cost $78,800 or $1,450 per month to rent 

– Here is a list of America’s Smartest Cities—from-first-to-worst/?cid=bs:archive9#gallery=787;page=1. During the last 30 years, I lived in Boston (No. 3 on the list) for the first 15 years and in Connecticut (No. 6 on the list) for the last 15 years and the past 2 years, I was the conference chair of the Nano Renewable Energy Summit located in Denver, CO (No. 5 on the list). So, I was thinking that makes me, well . . ., but a lifelong friend of mine said I’ve lost a lot of points because I spent too much time in Jersey.

I hope to see you in Philadelphia next week on October 15th and 16th at the 2009 Discovery to Commercialization Conference.


Vincent Caprio
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance
Tel: 203-733-1949

Save the Dates, NanoBusiness Alliance Conference, Sept 27-29, 2010, Chicago, IL

Posted on October 6th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the attendees, speakers and sponsors for their support of this year’s NanoBusiness Alliance Conference. It was our largest and most successful event in our eight year history.

We are proud to announce that the NanoBusiness Alliance will be returning to Chicago, IL, September 27-29, 2010 at the McCormick Place.

2009 Conference Highlights

Dean Kamen, Inventor and Entrepreneur addressed an enthusiastic crowd, as the keynote speaker at our pre-reception on Tuesday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

2009 Discovery to Commercialization Conference, Oct. 15-16, Philadelphia, PA

Posted on October 5th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am very happy to announce I will be participating in the 2009 Discovery to Commercialization Conference, organized by my friends at The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI). In 2008, I spoke at the NTI Conference and I met a few of my classmates from Villanova University. It was a wonderful reunion. Dr. Anthony Green and his team have gathered a fantastic line-up for this year’s conference. The conference is at no charge to our Nanotechnology community.
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Livingston Healthcare and Life Science Stakeholders Summit, Sept. 24, NYC

Posted on October 5th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

This coming Thursday, September 24th, I will be participating in the 2nd Annual Livingston Healthcare and Life Science Stakeholders Summit “Capturing Trends and Global Outlook: Advanced and Emerging Technologies.”

The Summit is being held at:

Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Conference Chair, Mostafa Analoui, PhD, Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Livingston Securities, has assembled a dynamic line-up of speakers.
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