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

Posted on March 31st, 2020 in Uncategorized | 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.


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

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 in Uncategorized | 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 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.


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.

Kudos to Dr. Curran and his team.

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

Posted on March 31st, 2020 in Uncategorized | 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.

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

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 in Uncategorized | 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:

NanoBCA Recommends: NNCO Webinar – Weds 2/5 Noon-1PM ET

Posted on February 6th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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

2020 Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Network Webinar Series
Insights from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

To register, please visit the following link:


        • Elizabeth Dougherty (USPTO)
        • Craig Morris (USPTO)


The Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) brings new and seasoned entrepreneurs together with the people and resources available to support them. This emerging network provides a forum for sharing best practices for advancing nanotechnology commercialization and the lessons learned along the technology development pathway.

A key stop on the technology development pathway is protecting the underlying intellectual property. Entrepreneurs intending to commercialize an emerging technology, such as a nanomaterial or a nanomaterial-enabled product, need to be cognizant of pertinent intellectual property issues that will impact their business.

In this webinar we will welcome guests Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the USPTO, and Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach for the USPTO. Our guests will discuss types of intellectual property, intellectual property strategies, the patent process, and issues related to trademarks.

Please use the login link sent with your registration confirmation email to attend the webinar, or login here.

More information about upcoming webinars is available at

Hope you will be able to participate.

NanoBCA Conference Call – Today 1/22 2PM ET

Posted on February 6th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We will be having our monthly NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call today.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 818-138-781

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

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



2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)

2020 National Science Board Science & Engineering Indicators The State of U.S. Science & Engineering

2:05-2:15  EHS UpdateLynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair

2020 Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy

Recent Federal Developments

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update

Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor

2:30-2:40 Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities

2:40-2:45 Q&A

2:45  Conclusion

Looking forward to today’s call.

Join Me and Donate to STEM Education

Posted on January 16th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our colleague and education member, Omni Nano, has received a Challenge Grant from a Family Charitable Trust. If Omni Nano raises $25,000 by the end of February, this Trust will also donate $25,000 to Omni Nano (1:1 matching).

Omni Nano provides the digital textbooks and curricula to instruct nanotech courses in the high schools and colleges of our communities. Because of Omni Nano’s work, there are now thousands of students across America and around the world that know more about nanotechnology. Their work to educate young adults in nanotechnology is very important to our community.

Please, join me in supporting Omni Nano by making a donation in the amount with which you are most comfortable. I personally donate every year, and I am proud of our NanoBCA members who continuously donate. There are many ways you can donate to Omni Nano:

You can follow this link to read the Grant Letter:

Thank you for your support and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from NanoBCA!

Posted on December 20th, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

NanoBCA Conference Call – Wednesday 12/18 2PM ET

Posted on December 17th, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We will be having our monthly NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) conference call on:

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 921-478-389

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

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



2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)

Stories from the NNI – 15 Years of Nanotechnology Advances  

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the authorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office releases a special anniversary episode of the Stories from the NNI podcast series every Monday. In each of these episodes, an expert from academia, government, or industry shares his or her perspectives on key research and development advances in nanotechnology and how the NNI has changed the nanotechnology landscape.

On National Entrepreneurs Day last month, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) began to build a community around nanotechnology entrepreneurship; for entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs and other interested parties.

The intent of the network is to grow the nanotechnology entrepreneurship community through the sharing of best practices, mentorship and experiences. The first event was a podcast episode featuring Joe Sprengard, CEO of Veelo Technologies. That episode can be found here: 

2:05-2:10  Education Update
Marco Curreli, PhD
Executive Director, Omni Nano

2:10-2:25 EHS Update
Lynn L. Bergeson

Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair

Lynn L. Bergeson and Bergeson & Campbell P.C. Earn Accolades from Who’s Who Legal, U.S. News and World Report, and Lexology

EPA Seeks Information on PFAS for Possible Addition to TRI List of Toxic Chemicals

Recent Federal Developments

2:25-2:40 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor

2:40-2:45 Q&A

2:45  Conclusion

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! 

National Nanotechnology Day is October 9th

Posted on October 4th, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like share the following information in regard to National Nanotechnology Day.

National Nanotechnology Day is October 9
What are you doing for #NationalNanoDay?

National Nanotechnology Day is an annual celebration featuring a series of community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10-9 meters.

Planning for various events and activities is underway at schools, universities, and various organizations around the country! The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office is promoting the following activities:

100 Billion Nanometer Dash: Will you be running 100 billion nanometers (or 100 meters)? If so, share your pictures and videos using #100BillionNanometers and #NationalNanoDay.

Sizing Up Nano: How do you explain “nano”? (For example, how does a nanometer compare to the diameter of a strand of hair? Or how thick is a sheet of paper in nanometers?) We welcome your thoughts! Tweet your explanations, pictures, and videos using #sizingupnano and #NationalNanoDay.

Visit for more information, or email us at to let us know what activities you are planning for National Nanotechnology Day!  

Nanotechnology Research Center Needs Input

NIOSH is working with RTI International to distribute a survey to companies that manufacture, distribute, fabricate, formulate, use, or provide services related to engineered nanomaterials. The goal of the survey is to assess the impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk mitigation practices for the safe handling of engineered nanomaterials in the workplace. Feedback from this survey will inform NIOSH’s research agenda to enhance relevance and impact on creating guidance to manage nanomaterial workers safety and health. The survey will only take about 20 minutes to complete. If you or someone you know receives an invitation to complete this survey, please know that we look forward to and value your input! If you have any questions, contact Adrienne Eastlake,

Manufacturing Day is Friday, October 4th

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.


Hope you will be able to participate in National Nanotechnology Day!