Rendell Administration Announces Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2005

    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Community and Economic
 Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky today announced that The Business of
 Nano: Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2005 will be held April 18 - 20
 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh.
     "Through Pennsylvania's world-class corporations, universities and federal
 laboratories, the Commonwealth is quickly becoming a national leader in the
 nanotech revolution," said Secretary Yablonsky.  "The 2005 Business of
 Nanotechnology Conference is just one example of how the Commonwealth is
 positioning itself to be a key player in this wave of development that
 promises to create a new generation of research, industry and jobs for
     The conference represents the third major gathering on nanotechnology
 sponsored by the Commonwealth. Through formal presentations, displays,
 detailed documentation and informal meetings, participants will have the
 opportunity to learn about the technology, expand business opportunities, and
 make new contacts. Conference topics will include nanotechnology manufacturing
 and processing, electronics, semi-conductors and instrumentation. Panel
 discussions will cover topics regarding emerging nanotech strategies,
 capitalization and international nanotechnology.
     Nanotechnology involves research and technology development at the atomic,
 molecular or macromolecular levels. Researchers work to develop new
 technologies in industries such as biopharmaceuticals, therapeutics, advanced
 materials, agriculture, chemicals, electronics, energy, defense and
     To demonstrate its leadership and commitment to the emerging
 nanotechnology industry, the Commonwealth created the Pennsylvania Initiative
 for Nanotechnology (PIN). With over $42 million in support to build out
 facilities and jump-start nanotechnology related programs, this investment has
 directly leveraged over $70 million in private, university and federal awards
 for a grand total of $112 million in investments.
     These investments will bring the growth of new nanotech businesses,
 research and hi-tech, high-paying jobs to the Commonwealth. This initiative
 leverages Pennsylvania's clusters of research, corporate and economic assets
 and builds upon substantial groundwork already in place.
     For more information, please visit or call
 Lynn Banaszak, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse at (412) 770-1353.
     CONTACT:  Neil Weaver
               (717) 783-1132

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

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