I www.vincentcaprio.org am looking forward to our 9th Annual DC Roundtable starting Monday evening, March 15th. We will be meeting with legislative, executive branch and agency leaders on Tuesday March 16th and Wednesday March 17th. Our updated agenda is below.

As Washington debates Healthcare reform, I would like to share with you a few positive news stories in our Nanotechnology Community.

A123 Systems Under Way With Construction of $600 Million Battery Plant in Michigan, an Industrial Info News Alert

SouthWest NanoTechnologies Receives Frost Sullivan 2010 North American Technology Innovation Award in Carbon Nanotubes

mPower Emergency Illuminator Featured in March 2010 Issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine

Scott Rickert, CEO, Nanofilm
Taking the NanoPulse – Nanotechnology: A Not-Ready-For-Primetime Player?

Our DC event begins on Monday evening, March 15th with our Opening Dinner, hosted by K&L Gates, at Lima at 6:30 pm.

1401 K Street, NW (next door to DC Coast)
Washington DC 20005

Tuesday, March 16th
8:30am – 10:30am Breakfast with Senator Ron Wyden at the Dirksen Building, Room 562

2:00pm Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus, Co-Chaired by Joel Shapiro, Office of Senator Ron Wyden and Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Alliance. The Caucus will be held at the Dirksen Building, Room 562
Moderator: Senator Ron Wyden, (D-OR) http://wyden.senate.gov/

4:30pm Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) http://www.pryor.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Home

Dinner is from 6:00pm-8:30pm hosted by the Law Firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge. Governor, Howard Dean, will be our Guest Speaker.

The dinner will be held at the Law Offices of McKenna Long & Aldridge:
1900 K Street NW
Washington DC 20006

Wednesday, March 17th – NanoBusiness Alliance Federal Roundtable
Offices of Foley & Lardner Conference Center
3000 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

– Stimulate dialogue between NanoBusiness Alliance Members and Federal Agencies
– Find out the latest on regulatory policy/impending regulatory actions and federal research
– Familiarize NanoBusiness Alliance members with federal product approval authorities and
processes and innovation strategies, with an emphasis on pending developments

8:00am – 8:30am Coffee/Registration

8:30am – 8:45am Welcoming Remarks – Purpose of Meeting
Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Alliance

8:45am – 9:45am Regulatory policy movement for nano – Cross-agency and international perspectives
Moderator: Richard A. Canady, PhD DABT, Senior Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Travis Earles, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Geoff Holdridge, Policy Analyst, National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office, Executive Office of the President

Shaun Clancy, PhD, Director of Product Regulatory Services, Evonik, Chairman of ACC Nanotechnology Panel

9:45am – 10:15am
Celia Merzbacher, PhD, Vice President – Innovative Partnerships, Semiconductor Research Corporation
– The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative: How Industry Gets Value from the NNI through Public-Private Partnership

10:15am – 11:15am Chemical and consumer product risk management policy and regulatory actions
Moderator: Charlie Auer, Charles Auer & Associates, LLC

Lynn L. Bergeson, Founder, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Jeff Morris, National Program Director for Nanotechnology, EPA/ORD
– Sustainable development and EHS research priorities supporting risk management

11:15am – 12:15pm Policy and guidance developments for FDA
Moderator: David Rosen, Partner and Co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP. Member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy, and Corporate Compliance & Enforcement Practices and the Health Care, Nanotechnology and Food Industry Teams.

Mitchell Cheeseman, Deputy Director of the Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA
– Food additive and cosmetics guidance

Subhas Malghan, Deputy Director for Program Policy and Evaluation, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories FDA/CDRH
– Science and regulatory issues relevant to review of products containing nanoscale materials

12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm – 2:00pm Workplace and Worker Protection Issues
Moderator: Phil Lippel, PhD

David O’Connor, Director, Office of Chemical Hazards (Non-metals) presenting for OSHA

Chuck Geraci, PhD, Coordinator, Nanotechnology Research Center, NIOSH

Kristen M. Kulinowski, PhD, Dept of Chemistry, Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology International Council on Nanotechnology, Rice University

2:00pm – 2:20pm
Lynn L. Bergeson, Founder, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
– Effectively Navigating Your Business around Uncertainties: Making the most from careful planning, regulatory awareness, and smart planning.

2:20pm – 2:40pm
Richard A. Canady, PhD DABT, Senior Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
– What did we hear today and what does it mean for business? – Views on compliance, liability and investment based on the regulatory policy movements, from a former insider.

2:40pm – 3:00pm BREAK

3:00pm – 4:00pm Panel Discussion, NNI EHS Research Priorities and their relationship to risk management decision support: Taking a look at the PCAST Working Group on Nanotechnology and National Research Council’s Advisory Committee on “A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials.”
Moderator: Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Alliance

Terry Medley, Chair, Expert Group on Nanotechnology, The Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (and Global Director, Corporate Regulatory Affairs DuPont), and Member of the PCAST Nanotechnology Working Group

Jenifer Sass, Senior Scientist, National Resources Defense Council and member of the PCAST Nanotechnology Working Group

Ray Wassel, Senior Program Officer, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Research Council

4:00pm – 4:30pm Lloyd Whitman, Deputy Director of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, “Supporting the Nanotechnology Enterprise from Discovery to Production”

4:30pm – 4:45pm Jim Murday, Director of Physical Sciences, University of Southern California, Washington Office, Industry involvement in nanotechnology workforce and education efforts, science standards

4:45 TBD Wrap up from Administration perspective, relation to innovation focus at the Obama Administration

I hope to see you in DC next week.


Vincent Caprio “It’s Green, It’s Clean, It’s Never Seen – That’s Nanotechnology”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Alliance