AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas governor Rick Perry has proclaimed the week of September 24 through September 30, 2006, as Nanotechnology Week in Texas. On the heels of this announcement, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) announced that the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations bill has been approved and includes $15 million in new funding for Research in Nanotechnology (SPRING). The program is a consortium comprised of the University of Texas (UT) at Arlington, UT-Austin, UT- Brownsville, UT-Dallas, UT-Pan American, Rice University and University of Houston. These organizations will join top minds from around the world to participate in nanoTX'06, a world-scale nanotechnology conference and expo to be held at the Dallas Convention Center September 27-28, 2006. This event will be co-sponsored by Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. "An event of this quality and magnitude is drawing world-wide attention to Texas," says Kelly Kordzik, chairman of the Nanotechnology Practice Group at Winstead and president of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative. "There are 40 countries with state sponsored nanotechnology programs, including Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, Canada, Australia, France and the list keeps growing." Kordzik will present with the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, and Director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Mark Ellison, at nanoTX'06 in Dallas where they will discuss the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and strategies to push such an effort through a legislature that is heavily focused on other budgetary items. "Technologists and business leaders from around the country have been requesting detailed information on how the Texas governor's office launched the Emerging Technology Fund," Kordzik explains, referring to the $200 million fund for research and development activities in emerging technology industries. "Now the office of Governor Rick Perry, in cooperation with the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, has agreed to have two people key to the fund's creation and implementation release a detailed study at nanoTX'06." The team will also explain how the fund was created, legislated and how it is being used around the state to commercialize advanced technologies such as nanotechnology. Presented by the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, the event carries the theme: The Promise of Tomorrow -- The Business of Nanotechnology. According to Kordzik, nanoTX'06 will draw the top minds in four vital and interrelated nanotechnology areas of commerce: Semiconductor/MEMS/NEMS, Defense/Homeland Security/Aerospace, Biomed/Health Sciences, and Energy/Chemical/Environment, plus an intense study of trends/finance/investing by leading experts of industry. Co-sponsoring organizations include Lockheed Martin, Applied Materials, Zyvex, the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute and the Science Place & Planetarium. Speakers will present the latest research on how their nanotechnology applications apply to business and commerce, and include such respected names as Dr. Ray H. Baughman, Director of the NanoTech Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas and Dr. Hans Stork, chief technology officer at Texas Instruments. Invited too are luminaries such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Congressman Joe Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committees; W. J. "Billy" Tauzin, PhRMA; Malcolm O'Neil, vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin. Winstead's Nanotechnology Practice Group is a key component of the firm's Intellectual Property and Corporate Sections, and offers clients legal counseling on filing and prosecuting a myriad of diverse patent applications in the field of nanotechnology. Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. is among the largest business law firms in Texas. With more than 300 attorneys, the Firm provides regional, national and international clients access to a broad range of business legal services representing more than 30 practice areas. Winstead has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, Texas; and Washington D.C. For detailed information about Winstead, visit http://winstead.com . For more information on the conference go to http://www.nanotx.biz/ An interview with Kelly Kordzik can be read at http://www.nanotx.biz/press.html
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