Large Crowds Expected for NANO Week

Hundreds of Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Executives to Attend

Oct 05, 2004, 01:00 ET from Nano-Network

    CLEVELAND, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of scientists, researchers and
 entrepreneurs will explore how nanotechnology, the tiniest of technologies, is
 transforming the future of medicine, materials and manufacturing during NANO
 Week, here, October 25 to 29.
     Ohio Governor Bob Taft will help kick off NANO Week opening the first
 event, The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit 2004. The week will conclude
 with the awarding of $50,000 to the winner of the first International
 Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition on October 29.
     "Ohio is forging its way to the forefront of nanotechnology applications
 through its strengths and such leaders of research as Case Western Reserve
 University, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the NASA Glenn Research Center,
 CAMP -- the Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program, Wright-Patterson Air
 Force Base, and The Ohio State University, and such leaders of industry as
 Ferro Corporation, iMEDD, Inc., Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc., Nanofilm, Ltd.,
 and MetaMateria Partners, LLC," Governor Taft said.
     Nanotechnology involves the manipulation and control of materials as small
 as one billionth of a meter to develop new, or enhance existing, products and
 applications. While it is the smallest of technologies, the value of
 commercial applications for nanotechnology is estimated in the billions of
     "Nanotechnology will be the driving force in the development of new
 products in a variety of industries. NANO Week will not only demonstrate those
 possibilities, but will also demonstrate Cleveland's leadership in this
 emerging field," said Mark Brandt, co-founder of the Nano-Network, the group
 that is organizing NANO Week.
     The October 27 National Cancer Institute (NCI) symposium on the role of
 nanotechnology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a highlight of NANO
     "The NCI's symposium offers cancer researchers an opportunity to
 underscore the importance of nanotechnology in advancing cancer care," said
 Stanton Gerson, M.D., director of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer
 Center and the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland.
     "Case investigators are approaching the field of nanotechnology for cancer
 research on a number of fronts," Gerson said. "Investigators are developing
 improved methods of drug delivery including gene therapy through nano-scale
 particles and complexes that will target tumors. Our imaging research has
 developed new molecules that provide remarkable sensitivity and accuracy in
 cancer detection. Our nanotechnology experts are evaluating new nanostructures
 that will serve as platforms for many applications in cancer detection and
 cancer treatment."
     A number of local companies are making nanotechnology-based products,
 making this city an appropriate host for an event such as NANO Week.
     "Our company has benefited from the tremendous research assets here in
 Northeast Ohio," said Scott Rickert, president of Nanofilm, a maker of high-
 performance coatings for eyewear lenses, photonics and optical displays. "Over
 the course of the week, we'll have opportunities to demonstrate to visiting
 entrepreneurs and researchers that their nanotech-based ventures would find
 fertile soil here to grow and prosper."
     One of the goals of the International Nanotechnology Business Idea
 Competition is to make entrepreneurs aware of the support Northeast Ohio can
 provide to emerging companies. The competition, which is offering more than
 $75,000 in prize money to the business ideas that can best meet a real need
 and be commercialized, received submissions from 14 states and four countries.
 A panel of venture capitalists, researchers and business executives will
 evaluate the entries before announcing the winners on October 29.
     Schedule of NANO Week Events
     October 25-26: The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit 2004 - A world-
 class group of educators from the nanoscience world and the leading medical
 practitioners and researchers in the fields of cardiology, neurology,
 oncology, and orthopedics will be featured at this multidisciplinary
 scientific meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center. More
 information is available at .
     October 27-28: The National Cancer Institute's Nanotech Symposium Series
 -- The CASE Comprehensive Cancer Center is organizing this national conference
 featuring presentations from leading scientists in nanotechnology and cancer
 research. In bringing the developers of nanotechnology together with the
 scientific community, NCI hopes to focus on nanotechnology's potential to
 advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. Online registration
 is required at .
     October 27-28: Nanoparticles -- Synthesis, Functionalization and
 Applications for Targeted Drug Delivery -- The Center for Business
 Intelligence designed this conference to bring together researchers and
 companies involved in the development of the next generation of
 pharmaceuticals that rely on nanotechnology to improve their delivery and
 effectiveness. Topics to be discussed include reformulating drugs using
 nanotechnology, commercialization strategies, and regulatory and legal
 guidelines. More information is available at the CBI's Web
 site: .
     October 28-29: The International Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition
 -- A panel of judges, including venture capitalists, nanotechnology
 researchers and entrepreneurs will select the top business ideas that can best
 meet a real need and be commercialized in this global competition. To purchase
 tickets for the October 28th contestants' reception or the October 29th
 winners' reception or to receive more information please contact Colette
 Taylor at 216-592-2323, or

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