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Early Bird Registration Ends Today for Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conf May 20-22

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Please join us May 20-22nd for the Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference being held at Northern Illinois University in Naperville (Chicago), IL.  Sign upTODAY and save $100.

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Case studies presented at the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference & Exhibits May 20-21 in Naperville, IL will offer practical changes you can implement in your facility to reduce costs and increase revenues.

Review the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference AGENDA.

Designed to connect ecosavvy manufacturers and provide real-world problem-solving, this conference is the place to be for manufacturing sustainability directors, plant and operations managers, EHS managers, company presidents and vice presidents, engineers, procurement personnel, and others interested in learning best practices and strategies for implementing sustainability.

“The Sustainable Manufacturer Network events give me an opportunity to exchange information about environmental practices in manufacturing. I work with all sizes and types of manufacturers as a supply chain manager in the office furniture industry and the breadth of topics at SMN conferences makes them a ‘one stop shopping’ event.” – Mary Ellen Mika, Supply Chain Manager, Energy & Environment, Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, MI.

After today the conference fees will be $395 for SMN Members or $595 General.

REGISTER NOW for the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference.

On Wednesday afternoon, May 21st, the Water 2.0 Conference track begins.  Please join us as we present America’s premier speakers in water sustainability and water infrastructure repair.

Speakers include:
– Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director-Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Kyle Reissner, Senior Marketing Manager Automation Software, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Scott Anderson, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
– Clifton McCann, Partner, Thompson Hine
– Michael Zimmer, Partner, Thompson Hine
– Gregory Chafee, Partner, Thompson Hine
– Brent Giles, PhD, Senior Analyst, Lux Research Inc.
– Christopher Peacock, Founder, Water Innovation Project
– Kevin McGovern, CEO, The Water Initiative
– Stephen Spoonamore, CEO, ABSMaterials Inc.
– Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies
– Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

REGISTER NOW for the Water 2.0 portion of the Conference.

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Looking forward to seeing you in Naperville, IL on May 20-22nd.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
203-733-1949
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
www.waterinnovations.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

NanoBCA Recommends Royal Institution Lecture – London UK – June 3rd/Nano News

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

NanoBCA is pleased to support and recommend the following event:

Royal Institution Lecture: “Convergences in Technologies: Nano Bio and Info”
By nanotechnology research pioneer Dr. Malcolm Gillis
June 3, 2014 – London, UK

Dr. Gillis (President of Rice University from 1993 to 2004) has been at the forefront of international research collaboration, working with Lord David Sainsbury, then UK Minister for Science, to pioneer a truly international approach between the leading research academics working in nano science in the US, UK and Europe.  The lecture will be held at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS, starting at 7:00 pm.  To reserve tickets, please contact The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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NANO NEWS

Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: APNT) and Nanofilm, Ltd.Sign Merger Agreement
Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:APNT) (Applied Nanotech), a global leader in nanotechnology research and development, and NanoHolding Inc., the parent company of Nanofilm, Ltd. (Nanofilm), a private company with a leading market position for specialty optical coatings, cleaners and nano-composite products,  jointly announced that their respective Boards of Directors have approved an agreement and plan of merger and exchange. Under terms of the agreement, a new company named PEN Inc (PEN) will be created. Upon completion of the merger, current Applied Nanotech stockholders and holders of certain debt convertible into Applied Nanotech’s common stock are expected to own approximately 38% of PEN’s outstanding common stock, and owners of Nanofilm are expected to receive approximately 62% of PEN’s outstanding common stock. Scott Rickert, Ph.D., the chief executive officer of Nanofilm, will become the chairman and chief executive officer of PEN.

12th Annual NanoBCA DC Roundtable
May 6-7, 2014
– Washington, DC

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Important policy developments are on the horizon in 2014 for the NanoBCA community including regulatory developments, advanced manufacturing initiatives and a proposed National Nanotechnology Amendments Act.  Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 6-7th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with and be heard by the key policy makers.  

REGISTRATION
NanoBCA Members – No charge
Non-members – $250

If you are interested in attending, then please complete the attached registration form and email to vincent@nanobca.org or fax to 480-275-3662.

NanoBCA Requests Your Participation on 2014 U.S. Nanotechnology Commercialization Survey
Deadline extended until March 31st
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The 10-15 minute interactive survey may be accessed at www.usnanosurvey.org.

The NCMS has partnered with the National Science Foundation under the National Nanotechnology Initiative to conduct its latest study of commercialization trends in nanotechnology and nanofabrication – previous studies were performed in 2003, 2006 and 2009. The goal of this 2014 study is to document best practices in nano-product development and integration, and identify the challenges organizations (academia, government labs, start-ups or established corporations) face in transitioning nano-scale advances from the lab into sustainable commercial applications.

LG Chem to Acquire U.S. Desalination Membrane Innovator NanoH2O
NanoH2O Inc., a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis membranes that purify seawater to drinking quality while lowering the cost of desalination, is being purchased by Seoul-based LG Chem Ltd. for $200 million. The UCLA startup makes water potable from fresh, brackish and saltwater sources. The acquisition is expected to close in April.

Save the NNIN!  Sign the Petition
Funding cuts will drastically reduce U.S. competitiveness in nanotechnology.

On March 4th, the National Science Foundation unexpectedly announced that they would not fund the Next Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, which would have allowed the NNIN to continue operating its network of shared nanofabrication and characterization facilities.

Harris & Harris Group Announced as Top Ranked High-Tech Investor by SBIR Source and as an Investor in Innovation by Forbes.com
GlobeNewswire

The FY 2015 Science & Technology R&D Budget
The President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for Federal research and development (R&D), an increase of $1.7 billion or 1.2 percent over FY 2014 enacted levels.

Ben Franklin is the 2nd Most Active Investor in Greater Philadelphia
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP) reported its investment activity ranked in as the 2nd most active investor in Greater Philadelphia in 2013 and 5th most active investor in the nation during Q4 2013 as measured by
PwC MoneyTree™.

Are These The VC Firms That Actually Fund Innovation?
By JJ Colao
Forbes

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We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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We look forward to your participation in the UK and DC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

Keynote Update – Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference – May 20-22 – Naperville, IL

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We are proud to announce the addition of 2 new Keynote Speakers to our dynamic line-up for the Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference, May 20-22, 2014, located at Northern Illinois University in Naperville (Chicago), IL.

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NEW KEYNOTES

Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

Christopher Peacock, Founder, Water Innovation Project

This three-day conference and tabletop exhibit, organized by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) and the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is dedicated to answering the question, “How do I make my manufacturing operation more sustainable?” Featuring an array of high-quality educational and networking opportunities to sharpen leadership, management, and technical know-how; it will bring all the elements a manufacturer needs to know in order to adopt or enhance sustainable practices and efficient water manufacturing technologies together, in one location, at one time.

I am very excited about the quality of our Keynote Speakers and Panelists who are participating at our conference.  Sally Gutierrez and Christopher Peacock will add tremendous value to the discussion on water infrastructure repair (See my thoughts on U.S water infrastructure repair). A slate of expert panelists will present on the topics of waste management/diversion, lean and green, energy efficiency, reimagining/repurposing energy, renewables, and more. Many sessions will include presentations by end-users, giving attendees the opportunity to interact with and gain insight from industry peers, according to Jim Warren, Senior Director – Membership, Education, Foundation at FMA.

Water 2.0 REGISTER TODAY
Keynotes include:
– Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director, Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Scott Anderson, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
– Kyle Reissner, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation Software, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Brent Giles, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, Lux Research, Inc.
– Kevin McGovern, CEO, The Water Initiative

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Panelists include:
– Tonja Rammel, EHS manager at Crown Equipment Corporation; Sustainable User Panel
– Brion Hurley, Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, Rockwell Collins; Lean and Green Panel
– James Hall, Vice President, Special Waste Solutions, Covanta; Waste Management/Diversion Panel

“Sustainable manufacturing is critical to the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. The number one issue with sustainable manufacturing is the effective and efficient use of water,” says Warren of the FMA.  The Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference is designed for owners, plant managers, corporate executives, facilities & EHS managers, engineers, and all others who play a role in making their company’s processes, facilities, operation, and products more sustainable and profitable. Participants will rethink and reenergize their dedication to ecosavvy manufacturing thanks to the dynamic presenters who will share success stories, real world challenges, and practical solutions.

The show will be located at Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road in Naperville, IL on May 20-22, 2014. Questions concerning the Conference should be directed to Conference Director, Vincent Caprio at 203-733-1949 or vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org.

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WATER NEWS
Start Something that Can Change the Course of Water
Chris Peacock
Our Water Counts Blog – Water-Wise

Harris & Harris Group Announced as Top Ranked High-Tech Investor by SBIR Source and as an Investor in Innovation by Forbes.com
Globe Newswire

How Smaller Utilities Can Do More With Less
Alan Hinchman
Our Water Counts Blog – Water-Wise

Are These The VC Firms That Actually Fund Innovation?
Forbes

Global Water Technologies welcomes Indianapolis Water Technology Roundtable
The Wall Street Journal

Water Scarcity Can’t Be Solved Alone
Richard Tomlinson
Our Water Counts Blog – Water-Wise

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Looking forward to you joining us in Naperville.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
203-733-1949
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
www.waterinnovations.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

NanoBCA Announces 2014 DC Roundtable

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

SAVE THE DATE
NanoBCA 2014 DC Roundtable – May 6-7th
Washington, DC

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Today, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) announces the dates for our 2014 DC Roundtable May 6-7th.  This will be our 12th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

The activities for our day-and-a-half event will be located in downtown Washington, DC and at Dirksen and/or Russell Senate Office Buildings.  The exact locations and agenda are forthcoming.  The Roundtable commences on Tuesday, May 6th at 8:30am and concludes on Wednesday, May 7th at lunch time.

We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch.  We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO, OSTP, NSF and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI.

Important policy developments are on the horizon in 2014 for the NanoBCA community including regulatory developments, advanced manufacturing initiatives and a proposed National Nanotechnology Amendments Act.  Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 6-7th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with and be heard by the key policy makers.

REGISTRATION
NanoBCA Members – No charge
Non-members – $250

If you are interested in attending, then please complete the attached registration form and email to vincent@nanobca.org or fax to 480-275-3662.

Get your calendar out and mark the date today!  We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC on May 6th.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org