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Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology

September 25, 2012


Sally Tinkle
, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Dr. Sally Tinkle is the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science and Technology Council. Her responsibilities include facilitation and coordination of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, especially the environment, health, and safety activities. Previously, as Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Tinkle developed the NIEHS nanotoxicology extramural research portfolio and the NIEHS NanoHealth and Safety Enterprise, a framework for public-private partnerships. She has been an active member of the trans-NIH Nanotechnology Task Force and is senior author of the health implications section of the NIH Nanotechnology Report to the NIH Director. At the federal level, Dr. Tinkle co-chaired the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (2009 – 2010) and is the NSET Nanotechnology Environment and Health Implications working group (NEHI) Task Group Leader for human health and nanomaterials. She is a senior author on the human health sections of the three NEHI environment health and safety (EHS) documents that form the federal approach to EHS research. She is frequently an invited speaker at nanotechnology meetings, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tinkle received her PhD from the Department of Physiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, CO and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Science. Prior to joining NIH, she was the leader of a pulmonary and dermal toxicology laboratory at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, WV.

Wayne Nastri
Senior Vice President, mCapitol Management

Wayne Nastri joined mCapitol Management April 1, 2011 as a Senior Vice President and Co-Chair of the Energy and Environment Practice.

Prior to joining mCapitol, he worked with a prominent Washington DC based government relations firm where he worked with corporate clients and non-governmental organizations (NGO) on primarily environmental and energy issues. Wayne has worked in government sector as well having served for nearly eight years as the Region 9 Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2009. Before his appointment as Regional Administrator, he served on the Governing Board of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District where he chaired the Technology Committee. Wayne also served on Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Site Mitigation External Advisory Committee. He also served as the Legislative Director for the California Environmental Business Council, and was Editor-in-Chief for the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ Environmental News. Wayne has also served in various advisory committees to Cal EPA including the California Air Resources Board (CARB) zero emission vehicle (ZEV) implementation advisory committee, DTSC’s Site Mitigation Program Advisory committee (where he co-chaired the Brownfields Sub-Committee) and Office of Environmental Health Hazards and Assessments (OEHHA)’s Private Site Manager’s Advisory Committee. He has written and had published a variety of papers dealing with environmental audits, regulatory agencies and environmental mediation.

As EPA Region 9 Regional Administrator from 2001 through January 2009, Wayne was responsible for policy development and operations in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Wayne had management oversight of nearly 1,000 people and an annual budget exceeding $700 million. As Regional Administrator, he worked closely with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and Indian tribes to develop and enforce regulations under existing environmental laws. Responsibilities also included issuance of permits, compliance monitoring, and enforcement. Wayne worked closely with the public, industry and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts. Under Wayne’s leadership, the Region was instrumental in the development of diesel emission reduction efforts through development of the West Coast Diesel Collaborative. Wayne also focused the agency on developing strategies to address marine emissions associated with ocean-going vessels and ports.

For six years prior to his appointment at EPA, Wayne was president and co-founder, Environmental Mediation, Inc. At EMI, he developed and implemented strategic solutions related to environmental issues including compliance audits, issue assessments, third party peer reviews, investigative/remedial project oversight, legislative monitoring and direct communications with the general media, as well as regulatory, legislative, and executive bodies. Wayne specialized in air and water quality issues as well as hazardous waste investigation and remediation. Wayne also assisted in the development and implementation of targeted communications strategies where he dealt extensively with media and community groups.

Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Principal, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C)

Owner of B&C, Ms. Bergeson counsels clients on issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, and risk communication. She has earned an international reputation in the legal and regulatory aspects of conventional and nanoscale chemical regulatory programs under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and on issues pertinent to nanotechnology and other emerging transformative technologies. Specialties include chemical product approval and regulation under TSCA, FIFRA, and REACH, as well as nanoscale substances and nanomaterials law, policy, and regulation.

Today, Ms. Bergeson works with corporations and a wide range of trade associations on evolving regulatory and policy matters pertinent to products of conventional, biotechnology, biobased chemicals, nanotechnologies, and other emerging technologies particularly with respect to TSCA, FIFRA, Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), REACH, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. She is widely published, and lectures frequently on legal, regulatory, and policy issues affecting chemicals under federal, state, and international regulatory programs.

Vincent Caprio
Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Mr. Caprio is the Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in NanoBusiness’ Washington, DC Roundtable for the past 10 years. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the 11th Annual NanoBusiness Conference which will be held in Boston, MA in September 2012. During the past 6 years (2006-2012) Mr. Caprio was an invited speaker and guest lecturer on Nanotechnology at over 50 conferences. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WICC 600AM, and The Caprio Technology Report on WCCC AM 1200 Hartford discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.

Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova’s President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.

Griff Kundahl

Executive Director
, Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)

Griff has over a decade of career focus on the commercialization of nanotechnologies. His work has encompassed emerging technology law, public policy, communications, and industry relations. He formerly served as General Counsel of the NanoBusiness Alliance, the national trade association for the nanotechnology community, as well as Executive Chairman of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance.

Griff also served as the Vice President for Convergence (nano, bio and IT) in the Life Sciences section of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Director of Global Programs at the University of Denver School of Engineering and Computer Science as Director of Global Programs, and an attorney at practice in the life sciences sector. Griff holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from The University of Alabama and a J.D. from The University of Denver.

Andre Nel, Ph.D.
Director, UC Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN)

Dr. André Nel is a Professor of Medicine and Chief/founder of the Division of NanoMedicine at UCLA. He is the Director of the CEIN and the UCLA Center for Nano Biology and Predictive Toxicology which are housed in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. Dr Nel served a Chair of an NIH Study Section, has been nominated as a Distinguished Foreign Professor by the Chinese Academy of Science, a peer-selected member of Best Doctors of America, recipient of the John Salvaggio Memorial Award recognizing his outstanding service to the specialty and science of Allergy and Immunology, and has represented the NIH and State Department in establishing cooperative research agreements with Japan, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Russia. He is associate editor of ACS Nano and his chief research interests are nanomedicine, nanotechnology environmental health and safety, and nanobiology.


Kathleen Roberts
Vice President, B&C Consortiam Management, L.L.C. (BCCM)

As Vice President of BCCM, Kathleen Roberts is an essential resource for industry groups, providing cost effective administrative and management services to ensure their interests are protected and their voices heard on issues of concern. She offers demonstrated success and an impressive track record in this capacity, and is a recognized expert in chemical control regulations specifically under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Ms. Roberts is highly regarded as a leader in domestic and international science and policy program management, for industry groups engaged in legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and public outreach and communications.

Ms. Roberts has more than 20 years of experience in chemical control issues related to TSCA. Her background as a toxicology lab technician gives her unique insights in contracting for research or regulatory-required testing. She has a large network of colleagues to draw from in various trade associations and chemical companies. She has been lauded for her logical and pragmatic approach to problem solving, and her ability to break down complicated programs and regulatory compliance issues into easy to understand concepts and simple stepwise approaches.

In her work, Ms. Roberts provides strategic management, technical input, and administrative support for industry consortia, including meeting/conference logistics, recordkeeping, budget development, accounting services, and membership recruitment and retention. She develops communication materials, including testimonies, press releases, web materials, and industry guidance. She enhances the benefits of a consortium, providing timely and accurate communications on domestic and international regulatory and legislative issues, and providing as needed access to specific experts to help consortia members achieve their advocacy goals.

Mark Bünger
Research Director, Lux Research

Mark Bünger is a Research Director at Lux Research, with over 20 years of business strategy experience as a management consultant and technology analyst. In this time, he has advised more than 40 Fortune 500 corporations, led hundreds of engagements, and authored over 60 reports and other publications. He is passionate about science and its role in innovation, and works with R&D and business leaders at clients around the world.

Mark joined Lux Research in 2005, and launched and leads Lux Research’s Alternative Fuels and Bio-based Materials & Chemicals Intelligence Services. He previously led the company’s consulting practice and research team.
Prior to joining Lux, Mark was a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research in automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing; a Managing Director at European technology consultancy LB International; a co-founder of leading online promotional currency company SoftCoin, sold to You Technologies; and a senior consultant at Accenture in the U.S. and Europe.

Mark and his work have figured in leading media outlets in the U.S. and Europe, including CNN, PBS, CNBC, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, American Chemical Society Nano Letters, and other technical, regional, and trade publications and channels. He is a frequent speaker with recent presentations to the European Commission, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Physics, and other government, academic, and industrial groups.

Mark’s business education was in International Marketing at Mälardalen Polytechnic in Sweden, and Market Research at the University of Texas at Austin. His ongoing technical education includes extension courses and lab work in neurology and bioengineering at University of California (Berkeley) and San Francisco (UCSF), where he currently works in the Desai lab. He speaks English, Swedish, and German, and is conversant in several other languages. He has served as Chairman and Vice-Chair of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce on the regional and national level, respectively. Mark and his wife and three children split the year living in California and Sweden.

Seth Coe-Sullivan, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, QD Vision, Inc.
Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan is co-founder, member of the Board of Directors, and Chief Technology Officer of QD Vision. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 2005, where his thesis work led to the formation of QD Vision. Seth’s technology expertise includes quantum dot materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays, as well as the environmental health and safety implications of quantum dots and nanomaterials. His role as CTO spans technology and intellectual property strategy, technical marketing, fundraising, and business development for advanced projects.

Seth has more than 50 papers, patents, and patents pending in the fields of organic light emitting devices, quantum dots, and environmental health and safety of nanomaterials. He was awarded Technology Review Magazine’s TR35 Award in 2006, naming him one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the top young entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and in 2009, he was a finalist for the Mass Technology Leadership Council's CTO of the year. Under his technology leadership, QD Vision won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award in 2009, New England Clean Energy Council’s Emerging Company of the Year Award in 2010, and the SEMI Award for North America in 2012. Seth is honored to sit on Brown University’s Engineering Advisory Council, and the US National Research Council’s Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials.Seth has more than 50 papers, patents, and patents pending in the fields of organic light emitting devices, quantum dots, and environmental health and safety of nanomaterials. He was awarded Technology Review Magazine’s TR35 Award in 2006, naming him one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the top young entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and in 2009, he was a finalist for the Mass Technology Leadership Council's CTO of the year. Under his technology leadership, QD Vision won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award in 2009, New England Clean Energy Council’s Emerging Company of the Year Award in 2010, and the SEMI Award for North America in 2012. Seth is honored to sit on Brown University’s Engineering Advisory Council, and the US National Research Council’s Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials.

Seth graduated in 1999 from Brown University with a Sc.B. in electrical engineering. He then spent a year as a staff engineer at the Boston-based research company Foster-Miller, Inc., in the Emerging Technology division of the Materials Technology Group.

Raymond David, Ph.D.
Manager of Toxicology for Industrial Chemicals, BASF Corporation
Dr. Raymond David is Manager of Toxicology for Industrial Chemicals in BASF Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Louisville, after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chemical Institute of Toxicology in Research Triangle Park. Dr. David worked for 8 years at Microbiological Associates in Bethesda, Maryland where he managed the Inhalation and Mammalian Toxicology Departments.

He also spent 14 years at Eastman Kodak in Rochester New York as Senior Toxicologist before joining BASF in 2006. Dr David has experience conducting inhalation, pulmonary, reproductive, and systemic toxicity studies. He lead a team responsible for EH&S issues for nanotechnology at Eastman Kodak Company, and currently leads a team responsible for nanotechnology issues in BASF Corporation. In 2011, Dr. David formed a consortium of academic and industry scientists with the help of Bergeson and Campbell to address questions about measurement of engineered nanomaterials in the environment. In 2012, Dr. David became chair of the ACC Nanotechnology Panel.

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Ph.D.
Director, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Dr. Harthorn is Professor Feminist Studies, Anthropology & Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she serves as Director of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center: Center for Nanotechnology in Society, funded by the US National Science Foundation as one of two national centers addressing research, education and outreach on the societal implications of nanotechnologies. She also serves as Executive Committee member and group leader in the NSF- and Environmental Protection Agency-funded University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, based at UCLA. In both centers she leads international teams of researchers studying risk perception and new technology development among diverse stakeholders. Prof. Herr Harthorn is a medical anthropologist and has published and presented widely on issues of health inequality, public participation, and risk. She is author with John Mohr of The Social Life of Nanotechnology (2012, Routledge) and with Laury Oaks of Health, Culture and Risk: Shifting Perceptions of Danger & Blame (2003, Greenwood/Praeger). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Steven Oldenburg, Ph.D.
President, nanoComposix, Inc.

Steve has over 18 years of nanotechnology experience beginning with his graduate work at Rice University where he discovered a method of fabricating gold nanoshells, a nanoscale composite meterial that consists of a spherical silica core surrounded by an ultra-thin shell of gold.  The unique optical properties of this nanostructure led to the formation of Nanospectra Biosciences where the gold nanoshells are in clinical trials as a novel cancer therapy.  After Rice, he joined Seashell Technology, a bionanotechnology start-up.  In 2004, Steve founded nanoComposix, an R&D company focused on commericializing precisely manufactured and highly characterized nanoparticles for industrial and research markets.  He has over 25 nanotechnology publications and five issued patents.

Hughes Metras
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, North America, CEA-LETI, France

Hughes Metras is VP in charge of Strategic Partnerships in North America for CEA-LETI, a major European R&D lab with 200 and 300 mm facilities in Grenoble, France.  He is also a visiting staff member at Caltech in the framework of the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSO where he is in charge of business development for the U.S. region.

Previously, Hughes was VP Marketing and Sales, in charge of business development and strategic planning.  He coordinated Leti's sales and marketing teams in the field of semiconductors (advanced CMOS as well as heterogenous integration), imaging and photonics, biomedical technologies as well as communications.

Over the past two years, Mr. Metras has been involved in major French initiatives with key industrial players for the emergence of new p[rograms in microelectronics addressing new societal challenges such as power conversion for industrial, automotive and PV applications and solid state lighting as well as sensor technologies for healthcare and environmental issues.  He has also been involved in the European technology platform EPOSS (smart system integration) where he coordinated the working group on key technologies and was a member of the executive committee.

Hughes benefits from a technical background in physics engineering and holds an MBA from the University of Miami (FL).  After four years spent in Leti's marketing office where he contributed to the strategic analysis of new market opportunities in the fields of microsensors, smart tags and smart devices and four years spent as manager of the same team, Hughes joined the program staff of CEA-LETI in 2003 where he set up new initiatives in the field of smart cards, RFID and wireless sensor networks.

Mr. Metras is based in Pasadena, California.

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