Nanotechnology World Conference Coming to Texas; Winstead Attorney Will Present at nanoTX'06 in Dallas, September 2006

Dec 23, 2005, 00:00 ET from Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.

    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
     An interview with Kelly Kordzik can be read at

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