CHICAGO, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Investor Relations Company, Chicago, Ill., today announced it has been retained by Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX) of Romeoville, Illinois for a full investor relations program. Nanophase ( http://www.nanophase.com ) is a leader in nanomaterials technologies and provides nanoengineered solutions for multiple industrial product applications. Its customer base includes a number of world leaders in their respective industries. Using a platform of patented and proprietary integrated nanomaterial technologies, Nanophase creates products with unique performance attributes from two ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 facilities. Nanophase delivers commercial quantity and quality nanoparticles, coated nanoparticles, and nanoparticle dispersions in a variety of media. The company owns or licenses 19 United States and 47 foreign patents and patent applications. Tad Gage, IRC's senior vice president, will oversee the account. Gage served as investor relations counsel to the company from 1997 to 2002. Nanophase President and CEO Joseph Cross stated: "During the past several years, we needed to focus entirely on building our business. We are now able to resume targeted efforts to increase our visibility with the institutional investment community, particularly small- and micro-cap investors." "Nanophase's unique technology touches so many industries, from personal care to industrial applications, that it appeals to a broad range of investors," said Gage. "Nanotechnology remains at the forefront of new product development, with a tremendous future." Sherwood Wallace, chairman of IRC, stated: "We look forward to introducing this compelling story to members of the investment community who haven't previously taken a close look at the opportunity Nanophase represents." The Investor Relations Company ( http://www.tirc.com ) is a respected 25- year-old national IR consultancy in Chicago, IL providing a full range of services for small and medium size public companies with market values up to $2 billion. IRC has represented a number of technology companies in a variety of fields, most recently including mobile and security communications, medical technology, personal care products specialty manufacturing, educational testing and information processing and networking solutions. Wallace is co- author of New Dimensions in Investor Relations: Competing for Capital in the 21st Century, published by John Wiley & Sons as part of its Frontier in Finance series. The book is a complete guide to the full spectrum of investor relations practices for the CEO, CFO, corporate director and investor relations professional.
SOURCE The Investor Relations Company