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Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology

September 25, 2012

California NanoSystems Institute Building
Los Angeles, CA


8:30 a.m. Welcome and Workshop Overview
Kathleen M. Roberts, B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C.
8:40 a.m. Opening Remarks -- Future Benefits and Opportunities Afforded by Nanotechnology
Dr. Andre Nel, University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
Highlighting the promise of nanotechnology, this session will include a brief overview of research in the safe implementation of nanotechnology in humans and the environment.
9:10 a.m. Keynote Presentation -- Federal Programs to Advance Nanotechnology
Dr. Sally Tinkle, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Overview of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, its programs, research, and funding opportunities.
9:40 a.m. California Programs to Support Nanotechnology Business Development
Discussion will provide attendees with a roadmap of California programs designed to assist businesses in California.
10:05 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Regulatory Challenges for Nanotechnology in California
Panel Discussion -- This discussion will identify and discuss existing regulatory challenges and current scientific limitations for nanotechnology applications.
  • Wayne Nastri, mCapitol Management
    Legislative forecast in California and how it may impact business environments.
  • Lynn L. Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
    Overview of federal and international regulations on nanomaterials.
  • Dr. Raymond David, BASF Corporation
    State of the science for environmental measurement of nanomaterials.
11:15 a.m. Other Challenges for Nanotechnology Businesses
Panel Discussion -- This discussion will address common challenges facing nanotechnology businesses.
  • Mark Bunger, Lux Research
    Availability of venture capital and advice on how to obtain it.
  • Hughes Metras, CEA-LETI, France
    Challenges and opportunities for international partnerships in nanotechnologies.
  • Dr. Barbara Herr Harthorn, Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB
    Public perception of nanomaterials and discussion of societal concerns and barriers that must be overcome to better educate individuals on the benefits of nanotechnology.
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session/Networking
1:45 p.m. Weighing the Pros & Cons of Being a California Nanotechnology Business
Panel Discussion -- Nanotechnology is an emerging sector that results in products that provide "green" solutions to everyday needs.  Given its past leadership role in supporting companies on the cutting edge of technological innovations, California would presumably want to assume the same role in supporting the advancement of nanotechnology.  The panel will engaged in an honest assessment of doing business in California in today's economic climate.
  • Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, QD Vision, Inc.
  • Dr. Steven Oldenburg, nanoComposix, Inc.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Opportunities for Collaboration to Advance Nanotechnology in California
Panel Discussion -- This discussion will highlight the opportunities for collaboration to advance nanotechnology in California
  • Vincent Caprio, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, Inc.
  • Griffith Kundahl, Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology
  • Kathleen M. Roberts, B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. / California Nano Industry Network
4:00 p.m. Final Thoughts
4:30 p.m. Closing


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