May 2004 Nanotechnology Conference to Showcase Cutting-Edge Products, Resources and Programs

May 05, 2004, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

    HARRISBURG, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania Governor
 Edward G. Rendell, Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis
 Yablonsky today announced that "The Business of Nano" conference will be held
 May 25-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia to showcase
 innovative products, resources and programs that are accelerating the adoption
 and application of nanotechnology throughout the state.
     More than 250 key corporate and academic nanotech associates representing
 funding, research, development, manufacturing and investment communities will
 be assembled at the state's second major nano gathering sponsored by the
 Commonwealth. More than 25 companies are slated to present their nanotech
 products and research.
     University and industry overviews, nanotechnology and life sciences
 (medical and pharmaceutical applications), nanomanufacturing and processing
 (chemicals and materials), capitalization for nano companies, ethics for
 nanotechnology; regional infrastructure for nanotechnology, and legal issues
 for nanotechnology are among the conference session topics.
     Secretary Yablonsky will open up the two-day conference with an overview
 of the Commonwealth's nanotechnology activities.
     "Nanotechnology is an engine that will drive industrial change in the
 coming years," Yablonsky said. "The conference is just one example of how the
 Commonwealth is positioning itself to ensure it is a key player in this
 building wave of development that promises to create a new generation of jobs
 for Pennsylvanians."
     In the coming years, nanotechnology, which creates technology atom by
 atom, will transform virtually every industrial sector. While spending on the
 technology in the U.S. has reached $3 billion a year, nano products are
 expected to account for $1 trillion in sales in the U.S. by 2015.
     Pennsylvania's nanotechnology activities have attracted international
 attention for the second consecutive year through "Small Times" magazine's
 annual "Top 10 Small Tech Hot Spots" rankings. This year, the Commonwealth
 ranked seventh best in the nation for nanotechnology - up from its 2003
 ranking as number 10.
     Josh Wolfe, a renowned authority on nanotechnology, will be the opening
 plenary speaker.  Commenting on Pennsylvania's nanotechnology standing, Wolfe
 said, "In all my travels, one thing's certain about nanotech: it's not a
 Silicon Valley phenomenon.  Leadership is up for grabs, and so are the
 scientific breakthroughs, the jobs and investment profits.  Pennsylvania's got
 the scientific star power, plus the political, industrial and financial
 support to own this space." Wolfe is a managing partner of Lux Capital, editor
 of Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, and a senior associate of the Foresight
 Institute for Nanotechnology.
     The complete conference program can be viewed online at
     Registration and sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be
 accessed on the conference web site. Online registration will be available
 through May 17 at noon. On site registration will be available May 25-26.
     To learn more about the conference or to be added to the mailing list,
 call 202-973-8702 or email
     CONTACT: Laura Felty, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
 Development, +1-717-783-1132.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development