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NanoBCA Scholarship Fundraiser

Posted on July 11th, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

We are pleased to announce that the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is holding a raffle fundraiser to award scholarships for the future leaders of the Nanotechnology Community. We want to provide young minds with opportunities to make our world a better place. The Science of Nanotechnology provides young people the opportunity to research the cure for cancer, work in the biotech industry to develop vaccines, build lithium batteries for electric cars and create nanomaterials that help the environment.

These future engineers and scientists will study topics involving the relationship between the Science of Nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, COVID-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy. We encourage students to become part of the Nanotechnology Community to learn how the Science of Nanotechnology is utilized in the Biotech, Manufacturing, Water, Defense, Chemical and Materials Industries.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER GOAL $25,000

Raffle tickets $25 each BUY TICKETS

Drawing held on September 5th
50% of the winnings will go to the scholarship fund
50% of the winnings will go to the raffle winner

We would like to thank all of our loyal members during the past 20 years. We have achieved many successes with your continued participation. THANK YOU! We look forward to continuing these legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

We hope you join the initiative to fund the next generation of Nanotechnology leaders.

NanoBCA Recommends: TSCA Reform – Six Years Later 6/29 9:15AM ET

Posted on June 23rd, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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

B&C, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health will present “TSCA Reform – Six Years Later” on June 29, 2022. This complimentary virtual conference marks the sixth TSCA Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Speakers will dive into a host of topics, including the interface of science and policy under TSCA, new chemicals, risk evaluation and management, the regulation of articles, and more. Register here.

FULL AGENDA (subject to change):

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     Welcome and Overview of Virtual Forum

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Morning Keynote Discussion

Michal Ilana Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel 1: The Interface of Science and Policy under TSCA
This panel will examine key issues at the interface of science and policy under TSCA, including the continuing role of animal studies in supporting risk evaluations, the potential use of New Approach Methodologies (NAM) to inform safety determinations for new and existing chemicals, scientific integrity and the TSCA program, methodologies for systematic review, and more.
– Moderated by James J. Jones, President, J. Jones Environmental

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Panel 2: New Chemical Review
The TSCA New Chemicals Program was strengthened in the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and what the law requires has been vigorously debated. This panel will discuss opportunities for transparency, processes to guide new chemical review, new approaches to assess chemical risks, protection of workers, use of Significant New Use Rules (SNUR) and Section 5(e) orders, and more.
– Moderated by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.    Panel 3: Risk Evaluation and Management
With the “first 10” evaluations completed, this panel will look back at the lessons learned and areas for improvement; discuss EPA efforts to enhance these evaluations through risk determinations for fenceline communities, revised worker protection assumptions, and the “whole chemical approach”; examine the asbestos risk management proposal and other emerging risk management approaches; evaluate the impact of resource constraints on meeting statutory deadlines; discuss the role of environmental justice considerations; and more.
– Moderated by Robert M. Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Panel 4: TSCA Regulation of ArticlesTSCA requirements can apply to “articles,” a manufactured good or finished product.  This panel will discuss the potential role of articles as contributors to health and environmental concerns, EPA’s push to remove traditional exemptions of articles and resulting compliance and implementation challenges, potential new rules for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and asbestos requiring reporting on articles, and the application of SNURs and risk management rules to articles, and more.
– Moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.   Concluding Remarks and Adjournment

Join B&C, ELI, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading experts, and distinguished keynote speakers for a robust exploration of the issues and regulations surrounding TSCA. Full program and registration available online.

Materials from the 2021 conference are available at https://www.lawbc.com/news/recording-of-tsca-reform-five-years-later-conference-and-other-resources-av

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Once again, we highly recommend registering for TSCA Reform – Six Years Later, a comprehensive virtual conference provided by Bergeson & Campbell.

NanoBCA Webinar – Weds 6/22 2PM ET

Posted on June 21st, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

NanoBCA’s First Event – May 20, 2002
Nanotech’s development called inevitable
UPI Science News

Senate Armed Services panel goes big with new defense budget
Roll Call

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Public Webinar – Nanotechnology Commercialization: Perspectives from a Regional Innovation Ecosystem

2:05-2:15  EHS Update 
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

EC Revises Definition of Nanomaterials

EPA Requests Public Nominations Of Experts To Review New Chemicals Research Program

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Will Hold Hearing on Implementation of the Lautenberg Act

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:40 Wall Street Update
Scott Livingston
CEO, Livingston Securities
scott@livingstonsecurities.com

2:40-3:00 COVID-19 Update
2021 NanoBCA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Sam Brauer, PhD
Founder & Principal, Nanotech Plus
sbrauer@nano-biz.com

Paxlovid Resistance: Challenges And Opportunities
Forbes

3:00 Conclusion

Vincent Caprio Takes Part in 9/11 Survivor and Responder Event

Posted on June 14th, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As a 9/11 survivor and responder, Vince Caprio of Easton said he was privileged to be part of a recent commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America. VOICES Center for Resiliency invited members of the 9/11 community to participate in a solemn candle lighting service honoring responders, survivors, and those who have died of 9/11-related illness.

May 30 marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the nine-month rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. On that day, thousands attended the solemn ceremony where firefighters, law enforcement, and elected officials stood at attention as the last beam, draped in an American flag, was ceremoniously carried up the ramp.

Click here to  watch video.

To mark the milestone, VOICES honored the 9/11 responders and survivors with a candle lighting ceremony and panel discussion about the creation of the Memorial Glade with special guests Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Memorial & Museum president; Michael Arad, architect of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial Glade, and John Feal, activist.

You can view the panel discussion here.

From 9/11 to today, VOICES has been helping families and communities heal. Its mission is to assist communities recovering from tragedy and provide long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness, for victims’ families, responders and survivors.

Vincent Caprio, 9/11 Survivor and 9/11 Responder Participated in May 30th Commemoration

Posted on June 1st, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As a 9/11 Survivor and 9/11 Responder I was privileged to participate in the May 30th Commemoration Honoring 9/11 Responders and Survivors

To mark the 20th anniversary, VOICES invited members of the 9/11 community to participate in a solemn candle lighting service honoring responders, survivors, and those who have died of 9/11-related illness.

9/11 Community Candle Lighting Ceremony

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

May 30th marks the 20th Anniversary of the end of the 9-month rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. On that day, thousands attended the solemn ceremony where firefighters, law enforcement, and elected officials stood at attention – as the last beam, draped in an American flag was ceremoniously carried up the ramp.

To mark this important milestone, we are honoring the 9/11 responders and survivors by sharing our Candle Lighting Ceremony and a discussion with special guests Alice Greenwald, Michael Arad, and John Feal, about the creation of the Memorial Glade.

Commemorating the 9/11 Responders and Survivors

On May 24th, VOICES hosted an panel discussion with Alice Greenwald, 9/11 Memorial & Museum President, Michael Arad, Architect of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial Glade, and activist John Feal.

View the Panel Discussion

EPA Seeks Nominations for Technical Experts to Review New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

Posted on May 31st, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I would like to share with you a fabulous opportunity for those of us in the nanotechnology community and chemical industry.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Technical Experts to Review New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

Authored by
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell
Carla N. Hutton, Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell

On May 27, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested nominations for technical experts to serve as special government employees (SGE) to participate in the review of the New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program with the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). 87 Fed. Reg. 32161. BOSC will be evaluating ORD’s draft Strategic Research Action Plans Fiscal Years 2023-2026 in fall 2022. According to EPA, the fall 2022 meeting will provide a more in-depth evaluation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program and associated research plan. EPA states that it will provide an additional draft document that summarizes technical details of the research plan. ORD, in partnership with the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), proposes to develop and implement a multi-year collaborative research program focused on approaches for performing risk assessments on new chemical substances under TSCA.

EPA will consider nominees from industry, business, public and private research institutes or organizations, academia, government (federal, state, local, and Tribal), non-governmental organizations, and other relevant interest areas. EPA notes that it values and welcomes diversity. EPA encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, race, disability, or ethnicity.

EPA invites nominations of individuals to serve as SGEs with expertise or extensive experience in the following scientific disciplines and topic areas as they relate to human health and the environment:

– Using data to develop predictive models and use of predictive models in data-poor environments:

  • Read across and analogue selection;
  • Chemical structures and cheminformatics; and
  • Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR);

– Development, implementation, and validation of new approach methods (NAM). Relevant expertise may include:

  • Veterinary pathology or comparative physiology for perspective on relevance of laboratory animals for predicting human outcomes; and
  • Reference data curation to support validation;

– Computational modeling, bioinformatics, and/or statistics;

– Toxicokinetics, physiologically based pharmacokinetic models (PBPK), and in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE);

– Systems biology;

– Human health and ecological risk assessment;

– Exposure modeling and/or assessment, including near-field and far-field sources;

– Knowledge of TSCA; and

– Environmental fate of chemicals.

Nominations are due June 30, 2022. More information on EPA’s Draft Document on “Modernizing the Process and Bringing Innovative Science to Evaluate New Chemicals Under TSCA” is available in our March 14, 2022, memorandum.

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the NanoBCA at the EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting. I would like to share my testimony with our nanotechnology community.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY TESTIMONY

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $2,500

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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I highly recommend that you take the time to consider this unique opportunity.

NanoBCA Webinar – Weds 5/25 2PM ET

Posted on May 25th, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:05  Opening Remarks

Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity Webinar
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Presented by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®)

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C

Kate Sellers, Technical Fellow at ERM

Mathy Stanislaus, Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University’s Environmental Collaboratory

2:05-2:15  EHS Update
Carla N. Hutton
Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
chutton@lawbc.com

EPA Amends Several TSCA Section 4 Test Orders for Chemicals Undergoing Risk Evaluation

Improvements to ECHA’s Chemicals Database Include Nanomaterial Form Characterization Information

EPA Publishes Notice Concerning Court-Ordered Stay of Effectiveness for Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Provision of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

2:15-2:30 Legislative Update
Paul Stimers
Partner, K&L Gates
NanoBCA Policy Advisor
paul.stimers@klgates.com

2:30-2:50 State of the Water Industry 2022
Alan Hinchman
Chief Revenue Officer, GrayMatter Systems
GrayMatter Events & Webinars
ahinchman@graymattersystems.com

2:50-3:00 Q&A

3:00 Conclusion

NanoBCA Recommends: Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity Webinar 5/18

Posted on May 10th, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend the following complimentary Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) webinar:

Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Register Today

A circular economy requires new thinking about what products we make, from which materials we make them, and where products go at the end of their useful life. An important but often overlooked aspect of new product development is an understanding of the consequences of the product’s chemical composition and the end-of-life implications of the decisions made at the front end of the process. Working within this framework plays a critical role in building a resilient, dependable, and sustainable system that fosters innovation to develop a circular economy. Register now to join Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Kate Sellers, and Mathy Stanislaus, as Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) presents “Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity.”

Topics Covered:

  • Achieving sustainability and the promise of the circular economy
  • Defining sustainable chemistry under the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act
  • Federal policy and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulatory shifts intended to support sustainability and circularity
  • Transitioning chemicals from research and development (R&D) platforms into the market
  • Changes to TSCA and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that affect chemical innovation

Speakers Include:

Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C, has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of how regulatory programs pertain to industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies. She counsels corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, risk communication, minimizing legal liability, and evolving regulatory and policy matters.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C, is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is one of the most widely recognized experts in the field of green chemistry, having served as senior staff scientist in EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and leader of EPA’s Green Chemistry Program. His expansive understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities that TSCA presents for green and sustainable chemistry is a powerful asset for clients as they develop and commercialize novel chemistries.

Kate Sellers, Technical Fellow at ERM, leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals dedicated to helping companies recognize the business value of product stewardship. Over the past year, Kate has seen an uptick in several product sustainability trends, including implementation of the TSCA life-cycle assessment, circular economy programs, and sustainability initiatives. In addition to her consulting work, Kate teaches “Product Stewardship and Chemical Sustainability” at Harvard University

Mathy Stanislaus, was recently appointed as Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University’s Environmental Collaboratory, bringing interdisciplinary expertise in environmental sciences, engineering, law, health, business, economics, policy, and humanities to co-design transformative environmental solutions. Stanislaus joined Drexel from the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), a multi-stakeholder initiative established at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he served as its first interim director and policy director with a focus on establishing a global transparent data authentication system to scale up electric mobility and clean energy. He also led the establishment of the Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy at WEF. Mathy served for eight years as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Land & Emergency Management for the Obama Administration, leading programs to revitalize communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites, hazardous and solid waste materials management, chemical plant safety, and oil spill prevention and emergency response. During this Administration, he led the establishment of the G7 Alliance for Resource Efficiency that focused on the opportunities in the supply chain to drive circularity and de-carbonization.

Register Now

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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I highly recommend registering for B&C’s Domestic Chemical Regulation and Achieving Circularity webinar.

EPA Posts Presentations from Meeting on New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

Posted on May 2nd, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I would like to share with you a comprehensive review of the EPA’s Virtual Public Meeting on New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program, April 20-21, 2022.

This review was authored by  Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell and Carla N. Hutton, Regulatory Analyst, Bergeson & Campbell.

EPA Posts Presentations from Meeting on New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a virtual public meeting on April 20-21, 2022, to provide an overview of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program and give stakeholders an opportunity to provide input. As described in EPA’s draft document entitled “Modernizing the Process and Bringing Innovative Science to Evaluate New Chemicals Under TSCA,” the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) proposes to develop and implement a multi-year collaborative research program focused on approaches for performing risk assessments on new chemical substances under TSCA. EPA has posted the following presentations from the April 20-21, 2022, meeting:

More information on the meeting is available in our April 22, 2022, memorandum, and more information on EPA’s draft document is available in our March 14, 2022, memorandum. Written comments on the draft document are due May 10, 2022.

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the NanoBCA at the EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting. I would like to share my testimony with our nanotechnology community.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY TESTIMONY

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In addition to recommending events that are relevant to our nanotechnology community, NanoBCA offers our members the opportunity to participate in our monthly webinars. Our monthly webinars address topics involving the relationship between the science of nanotechnology and Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), US Legislation, Covid-19, Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Foreign Policy.

Our next NanoBCA webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th at 2PM ET.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $250

ACADEMIC/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP $100

START-UP CORPORATION MEMBERSHIP $1,000

One of the benefits of NanoBCA membership is access to our previous webinars with America’s leading scientists and engineers.

We look forward to continuing our legacy relationships and welcoming a new generation of NanoBCA members.

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I highly recommend the review of the EPA’s Virtual Public Meeting on New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program.

NanoBCA Webinar April 27 2PM ET

Posted on May 2nd, 2022 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

AGENDA

2:00-2:10  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Review of EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting – April 20-21, 2022

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of the NanoBCA at the EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting. I would like to share my testimony with our nanotechnology community.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY TESTIMONY

2:10-2:30  EHS Update 
Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
NanoBCA EHS Chair
lbergeson@lawbc.com

James V. Aidala
Senior Government Affairs Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
jaidala@lawbc.com

FDA Publishes Final Guidance for Industry on Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials

Senate Committee Hearing on Proposed FY 2023 EPA Budget Includes Discussion of TSCA and FIFRA Issues

Meeting Recordings and Transcript Available for TSCA SACC Peer Review of Screening Level Approach for Assessing Ambient Air and Water Exposures to Fenceline Communities

2:30-2:45 Review of EPA’s TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Meeting – April 20-21, 2022
2021 NanoBCA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Sam Brauer, PhD
Founder & Principal, Nanotech Plus
sbrauer@nano-biz.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SAM BRAUER’S TESTIMONY

2:45-3:00 Q&A

3:00 Conclusion