I will be joining my colleague, Griffith Kundahl, as a speaker at the upcoming California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) workshop, “Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology http://www.calnin.org/other/CalNIN_Workshop/.” The workshop, scheduled for September 25, 2012, is organized by B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) and CalNIN, and is hosted by the UCLA Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN). The workshop will be held at the California NanoSystems Institute Building at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

To provide important information on the nanotechnology industry and its impact in California, we have selected an impressive lineup of speakers. Speakers will discuss matters regarding federal programs that support nanotechnology in California, business development, regulatory challenges, perspectives from existing California-based nanotechnology businesses, and opportunities for future collaboration.

– Sally Tinkle, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker, Deputy Director, NNCO, National Nanotechnology Initiative
– Wayne Nastri, Senior Vice President,, mCapitol Management, Former EPA Region 9 Administrator
– Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Principal, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
– Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
– Griffith Kundahl, Executive Director, Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)
– Andre Nel, Ph.D., Director, UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
– Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President, B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C.
– Mark Bunger, Research Director, Lux Research
– Seth Coe-Sullivan, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, QD Vision, Inc.
– Raymond David, Ph.D., Manager of Toxicology for Industrial Chemicals, BASF Corporation
– Steven Oldenburg, Ph.D., President, nanoComposix, Inc.
– Barbara Herr Harthorn, Ph.D., Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB
– Hughes Metras Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, CEA-LETI, France
– Vijendra Sahi, Vice President of Government Affairs, Nanosys, Inc.

Dr. Sally Tinkle (Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office) will provide the Keynote presentation and provide attendees with current information on the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), its programs, research, and funding opportunities. Panel discussions will provide attendees with key information regarding programs to support nanotechnology business development; regulatory challenges for nanotechnology in California; challenges for nanotechnology businesses; the pros and cons of being a California nanotech business; and opportunities for collaboration to advance nanotechnology in California. Individual presentations and panel discussions at this one-day workshop will address the following topics:

– Future benefits and opportunities afforded by nanotechnology
– Federal programs to advance nanotechnology
– Regulatory challenges for nanotechnology in California
– Environmental measurement of nanomaterials
– Availability of venture capital
– Public perception of nanomaterials
– Weighing the pros and cons of being a California nanotech business
– Opportunities for collaboration to advance nanotechnology in California

We strongly encourage students, educators, government employees, and businesses with an interest in nanotechnology to attend this event. This workshop will bring stakeholders together to discuss the current state of the nanotechnology industry in California and identify opportunities and pitfalls for the continued expansion of this key technology sector.

Registration is open and space is limited. You may register online by visiting the workshop homepage and using our secure form at http://www.calnin.org/registration/coben09252012. The general registration fee is $150 and student registration is $75. If you will be registering under the discounted student rate, please first contact Jake Vandevort at 410-255-2773 or jvandevort@bc-cm.com.

This workshop is being hosted by the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology http://www.cein.ucla.edu/

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Building http://www1.cnsi.ucla.edu/

570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Please visit the CNSI website http://cnsi.ctrl.ucla.edu/file-sharing/publicview/facilities/DirectionsCNSI.pdf for directions to the event.

Several hotels are conveniently located in the Westwood vicinity. View our hotel listing http://www.calnin.org/other/CalNIN_Workshop/calnin-workshop-nearby-hotels for more contact information.

Sponsorship opportunities for the workshop are now available for purchase. For additional information, please visit our sponsorship page http://www.calnin.org/other/CalNIN_Workshop/sponsorship.

California NanoSystems Institute

Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)

Lux Research

NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Nanotechnology Industries Association

For additional information please go online http://www.calnin.org/other/CalNIN_Workshop or contact Jake Vandevort at 410-255-2773 or jvandevort@bc-cm.com.

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Looking forward to seeing you in sunny California on the campus of UCLA at this important workshop.


Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association