CLEVELAND, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of scientists, researchers,
entrepreneurs, and business executives are in Cleveland, Ohio this week to
explore how nanotechnology, the smallest of technologies, is having a real
impact on products and processes in the materials and manufacturing industries
during NANO Week, October 17-21.
The Nano-Network, the Ohio based nanotechnology educational, networking
and advocacy organization is the primary sponsor for NANO Week events.
"Nanotechnology and its applications will have a profound impact on our
future," said Mark Brandt, founder of the Nano-Network and Managing Partner of
The Maple Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in emerging technologies.
"Nanotechnology is often referred to as a 'disruptive technology' because it
has the potential to dramatically effect how we work, live and play. NANO Week
2005 will explore exactly how we can apply this technology to make more
innovative and effective products."
A full schedule of NANO Week events is available at
NANO Week opened today with the Nano-App Summit, which runs through
Wednesday, October 19. The sold-out conference focuses on applications of
nanotechnology in the aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries.
This event has drawn attendees mostly from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania,
but some from as far away as Singapore, Taiwan, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Presenters at the conference include nanotechnology thought leaders and
experts from the Office of Naval Research, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, the
Air Force Research Laboratory, GE Global Research Center, Ford Motor Company,
PPG, Goodyear Tire Company, General Motors, Procter and Gamble, 3M, Cabot
Corporation, NanoDynamics and others. Presenters will discuss how they are
using nanotechnology to improve and evolve current products and processes.
Northeast Ohio is home to a number of leading nanotech companies that will
be participating in the Nano-App Summit including Nanofilm, Ltd., Five Star
Technologies and Ecology Coatings, all of which are using nanotechnology to
develop next generation products.
"NANO Week is putting Ohio on the map as a nanotechnology hot spot. We've
created an international level conference focused on a broad spectrum of
nanotechnology topics, including Nanotech University classes for early-stage
entrepreneurs to informative industry track sessions focused on nano-enabled
products for traditional manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive and
consumer products industries," said Chris Mather, executive director of the
Nano-Network and vice president of NorTech, a technology based economic
development organization in Northeast Ohio.
"Nanotechnology is changing the world and NANO Week is helping change the
way people think about nanotechnology," said Stan Theobald, Managing Director
of ASM International and co-sponsor of the Nano-App Summit and International
and North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition. Theobald continued,
"Companies are successfully applying nanotechnology and we are beginning to
see the proof in terms of nano-enabled processes and products."
The week continues on Thursday, October 20 with the Nanotechnology
Manufacturers' Forum set to explore nanotechnology applications in the
traditional manufacturing industry. Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson is
scheduled to give opening remarks and welcome attendees. The Emerging
Technology Forum "Liquid Crystals and Polymers in Advanced Display and
Photonic Applications" is also scheduled for Thursday.
On Friday the winners of the 2nd Annual International and North Coast
Nanotechnology Business Idea Competitions will be announced at Case Western
Reserve University. Contest winners will be awarded a total of $150,000 in
prize money for the most innovative business ideas incorporating nano-enabled
The Microsystems and Nano Economic Summit will close NANO Week on Friday
by highlighting economic trends in the MEMS and nanotechnology industries, as
well as ways to use this technology to increase revenue. The keynote speech
will be presented by Dr. Michael Postek, Leader of the Nanoscale Metrology
Group, Precision Engineering Division of the Manufacturing Engineering
Laboratory at NIST.
About the Nano-Network
The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to
improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization activities
and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. More information
about the Nano-Network is available at http://www.nano-network.org .