ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NaturalNano, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NNAN), a company whose primary business is discovering, refining, and marketing naturally occurring nanomaterials, announced today members of its Scientific Advisory Board ("Board"). The Board's purpose is to inform and guide NaturalNano's management and technical teams on relevant nanotechnology research, development, validation and evaluation in the global marketplace. The Board includes experts in a broad range of scientific disciplines including materials science, nanocomposites, plastics and polymers, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other related nanotechnologies. Michael Riedlinger, president of NaturalNano, stated, "We look to our Scientific Advisory Board for additional guidance in areas including planning and executing our scientific strategy and building our growing patent portfolio to establish and maintain a dominant position in the field of naturally occurring nanomaterials. We are pleased and honored to have world-renowned experts on our Board to help define NaturalNano's research direction and thereby augment our competitive position. The Board members also expand NaturalNano's opportunities indirectly through their extensive connections in science and industry. We plan to expand the Scientific Advisory Board with several additional distinguished individuals." About NaturalNano's Scientific Advisory Board Robert Corkery, Ph.D., YKI, Ytkemiska Institute AB-Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm Dr. Corkery is globally recognized as a key physical chemistry and materials science problem solver. He has been granted patents in nanozeolite chemical technology and porous materials technology with four patents pending in materials science technology. Dr. Corkery is the Area Manager for Nanostructured Materials at the YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the leading surface chemistry institutes in the world. Dr. Corkery's research is aimed at technical understanding and breakthrough, new materials discovery and industrial innovation in the areas of nano- and bio-nanotechnologies. He was formerly a research scientist with The Procter & Gamble Company and was leader of the company's corporate colloid laboratory and was responsible for developing nanostructure, biomembrane and complex fluid technologies. Dr. Corkery received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the Australian National University as well as his Ph.D. in Physical and Materials Science where he was devoted entirely to nanotech and included extensive experimental and theoretical work on nanostructured clays, including halloysite. Dr. Corkery carried out post-doctoral research at the Australian National University as well as at the University of Lund in Sweden. Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Ph.D., Cornell University Dr. Giannelis is internationally recognized as a pioneer and one of the leading experts in polymer nanocomposites. He is the Walter R. Reed Professor of Engineering and Director of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. He is also a member of the Fields of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell. His research interests range from synthesis of new nanostructured materials to characterization and property evaluation and include polymer nanocomposites, nanocomposite electrolytes, nanobiohybrids and nanofluids. Dr. Giannelis has served on the editorial boards of Chemistry of Materials and Macromolecules and currently serves on the editorial boards of Polymer and Small. He is the author or co-author of over 135 papers and 9 patents and is listed as one of the top 25 cited authors on Nanotechnology and a Highly-Cited Author in Materials Science by Thompson Scientific (formerly Thompson ISI), an information provider to researchers and scholars. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Michigan State University. Raymond Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc. Dr. Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. In addition, Inc. magazine recently ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," and PBS included Dr. Kurzweil as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America." Dr. Kurzweil is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest prize for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the United States' highest honor in technology. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame established by the US Patent Office. As one of the leading inventors of our time, Dr. Kurzweil has worked in such areas as music synthesis, speech and character recognition, reading technology, virtual reality and cybernetic art. He was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this press release may constitute forward- looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements reflect what NaturalNano anticipates, expects, or believes may happen in the future. NaturalNano's actual results could differ materially from the outcome or circumstance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to: NaturalNano's ability to develop its technologies; the approval of NaturalNano's patent applications; the successful implementation of NaturalNano's research and development programs; the ability of NaturalNano to demonstrate the effectiveness of its technology; the acceptance by the market of NaturalNano's technology and products incorporating such technology, the ability of NaturalNano to effectively negotiate and enter into contracts with third parties for the licensing of NaturalNano's technology; competition; the ability of NaturalNano to raise capital to fund its operating and research and development activities until it generates revenues sufficient to do so; and the timing of projects and trends in future operating performance, as well as other factors expressed from time to time in NaturalNano's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). As a result, this press release should be read in conjunction with NaturalNano's periodic filings with the SEC which are incorporated herein by reference. The forward- looking statements contained herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and NaturalNano undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. About NaturalNano, Inc. NaturalNano, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NNAN) (FWB: N3N) is a materials science company developing unique and proprietary processes for refining naturally occurring nanotubes and other nanomaterials that add competitive properties to a range of applications. These include additives to cosmetics and personal care products, and absorbent materials, as well as: electromagnetic interference shielding, specialty coatings, and material additives for industrial polymers, plastics and composites. NaturalNano possesses broad intellectual property rights and proprietary know-how for extraction and separation processes, compositions, and derivatives of halloysite and other nanotubes. For more information, please visit http://www.naturalnano.com. Media Contacts: NaturalNano, Inc. Bobbi Drew Bobbi@naturalnano.com 585-214-8172 Jennifer Gould JGould@rubensteinpr.com 212-843-8037
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