Archive for December, 2009

Happy Holidays from the NanoBusiness Alliance & Vincent Caprio – A Decade in Review

Posted on December 30th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I have been a member of the Nanotechnology Community for the past 10 years. What a decade it has been for Nanotechnology!

I have witnessed the field of Nanotechnology transition from science into business. It is rapidly becoming the Industrial Revolution of the 21st Century. The importance of nanotechnology cannot be overstated. It will effect almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we do computing, to the medicines we use, the energy supplies we require, the foods we eat, the cars we drive, and the clothes we wear. More importantly, for every area where we can fathom an impact from nanotechnology, there will be others no one has thought of – new capabilities, new products, and new markets.

Nanotech’s greatest economic impact is currently in the U.S., where companies incorporated nanotech into $59 billion in products in 2007; Europe followed at $47 billion; Asia/Pacific accounted for $31 billion; and the rest of the world for $9.4 billion. However, Europe’s steeper CAGR of 48% will bring it to $1.09 trillion by 2015, meeting the U.S.’s $1.08 trillion; and Asia is expected to remain in third place at $717 billion.

While nanoscale research was already underway in a number of federal government, university and corporate laboratories, the field truly caught fire with a speech by President Bill Clinton at California Institute of Technology on January 21, 2000. In the speech, the President spelled out a broad and aggressive vision for nanotechnology research and development that would transform the way we live. Not only did the talk act as a call to arms for the creation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, it also sent a message to entrepreneurs and businesses that the marketplace was open and looking for nanotechnology solutions, innovations and products. The 2010 budget provides $1.6 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) reflecting steady growth in the NNI investment.

Nanotechnology funding reached $18.2 billion in 2008, as government spending ballooned to $8.4 billion, corporate funding edged to $8.6 billion, and venture capitalists provided $1.2 billion. Nanotechnology activity in the energy and environment are especially hot as it accounts for 29% of all nanotechnology government spending; 13% of corporate spending; and 41% of venture capital.

Nanotechnology has begun to undergo a massive shift from the basic research phase to the commercialization phase where dozens of new products hit the market every week. My friends at Lux Research, a respected national technology research firm, estimate that total revenues from products incorporating nanotechnology will reach $2.5 trillion by 2015 and that the industry will employ over 200 million workers. This number has been adjusted downward 21% from earlier predictions due to the ongoing economic turmoil. There are over 1,000 manufacturer identified products (and thousands of others not publicized) in the marketplace including: solar cells, clothing, cosmetics, water filters for the developing world, new drug delivery methods that help extend the lives of cancer patients, and many others.

At our 8th Annual NanoBusiness Alliance Conference last September in Chicago, I observed the beginning of the commercialization of the nanotechnology era. On December 7th in NYC I spoke at the Livingston Nanotechnology Conference I told the audience that as our decade comes to an end, I am very optimistic about our next 10 years in the Nanotechnology Community.

Our thoughts and prayers especially go out to our Nanotechnology Community and friends who are experiencing particularly difficult and challenging times and we hope 2010 brings a year of health, wellness, peace and prosperity.

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.


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

Conference Highlights – Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, NYC

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

During this past decade I have managed over 75 conferences and attended over 250 conferences. Yesterday the 5th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference in NYC was my final nanotechnology conference of this decade and we finished the 00’s with an informal and exciting program.

John Chiang, California State Controller, delivered a Keynote speech providing his nanotechnology, green and clean vision for the State of California and our nation. I had the opportunity to have lunch (Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission) with John. He is one of the most intelligent and enlightened elected officials I have ever met. John is a brilliant, highly educated public servant.

After lunch, we had a special presentation by Charles Gasparino, acclaimed Investigative Journalist and CNBC On-Air Editor. Charlie passionately spoke about his New York Times best-seller, “The Sellout.”
Gasparino described Wall Street’s three decades’ love affair with risk. I have read “The Sellout” and it is required reading for every entrepreneur and Wall Street professional. Kudos to Charlie!

I moderated our afternoon Water Infrastructure panel. All four of my panelists

provided informative data on investing and the market size of the Water Industry. During the reception over a dozen people, who had enjoyed our water panel, asked me about becoming an individual member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Yes, you can become an individual member for only $100.

We would like to thank our moderators:

  • Jeffrey Rosedale, PhD of Woodcock & Washburn
  • Leon Radomsky of Foley & Lardner
  • Stanley Goos of Harris Beach PLLC

Dave Arthur, CEO of Southwest Nanotechnologies offered a prize of an iPod Nano to the individual who came closest to the measured value of the viscosity of the V2V Ink Vehicle on display at his booth. And the winner was one of my favorite IP attorneys, Leon Radomsky of Foley & Lardner. Congratulations to Leon!

The final Keynote of our day was Scott Livingston, Founder & CEO of Livingston Securities Scott provided an analysis of this past decade’s nanotechnology start-ups and his vision for nanotechnology for the next decade.

I would like to thank all of the attendees, speakers and sponsors of my nanotechnology conferences from the past decade. The next decade looks promising for all of us in the nano and water communities.

Happy Holidays and see you in 2010!


Vincent Caprio “It’s Green, It’s Clean, It’s Never Seen – That’s Nanotechnology”
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance

Livingston Nanotechnology Conference Monday Dec. 7th NYC-Program Reminder

Posted on December 8th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am looking forward to a very dynamic program on Monday. As this decade comes to a close, and this being the final Nanotechnology event of this decade, I decided to look back at a few 2000-2001 programs. The topics were very tutorial and elementary as compared to the topics we are discussing today.


I will be moderating a Water Infrastructure Panel from 2:30-3:15 with a group of Water gurus:

  • William Brennan, Chairman & CEO, Brennan Investment Partners
  • Kevin McGovern, Chairman, The Water Initiative
  • Philip H. Lippel, PhD, Nanotechnologist
  • Kevin M. Brophy, Meidlinger Partners, LLC

I am very interested in the Panel with David Arthur, CEO of SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc., a leading developer of carbon nanotubes for research and commercial use, from 3:45-4:30.

Arthur will participate on the Panel entitled “Rebuilding the World with Next Generation Materials” along with:

  • Moderator: Stanley Goos, Partner at Harris Beach LLC
  • John Andresakis of Mitsui International
  • Andrew Dreyer, Head of US Business Development for Mitsubishi
  • Paul Boulier, Chief Marketing Officer of A. Schulman & Co.

SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT) is a leading developer and manufacturer of Single-wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNT) and Specialty Multi-wall Carbon Nanotubes. “We’re at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for commercial applications using carbon nanotubes,” explains SWeNT CEO Dave Arthur. “At the conference, I’ll be focusing on two examples: breakthrough ink technology that will enable energy efficient lighting, affordable solar devices, improved energy storage and printed electronics as well as smart fabric reinforcements to help rebuild and monitor our nation’s infrastructure. Our innovations in these and other emerging applications have us well positioned for significant growth in 2010.”


John Chiang, Controller of the State of California, will be our keynote speaker from 11:30-12:15

Charles Gasparino, Wall Street Investigative Reporter and Author of “The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System,” currently a bestseller available on or at all major bookstores, will be speaking after lunch at 1:45.

The final Keynote to wrap up our day’s activities will be Scott Livingston, CEO & Founder of Livingston Securities Scott will be providing his vision on 2010. Happy Holidays. I look forward to seeing you in NYC on Monday.


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