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
For more information on the conference go to http://www.nanotx.biz/
An interview with Kelly Kordzik can be read at
SOURCE Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.