Small Times Magazine Announces Best of Small Tech Awards at Leading Nanotech Business Event

Top micro and nanotechnology people, products and companies honored

Sep 21, 2006, 01:00 ET from Small Times Media

    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Small Times(TM) Magazine presented
 its highly respected Small Tech Awards at its Small Times NanoCon
 International conference and trade show today in Las Vegas. This is the
 fifth annual Small Times(TM) Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards, which
 spotlight the top leaders and the biggest successes in nanotechnology,
 MEMS, and microsystems during the past year.
     "The award winners and finalists this year truly reflect the diversity
 of companies and people that are shaping the MEMS and nanotechnology
 communities -- from tools innovators to fabs to companies bringing
 commercial applications to a wide range of markets," said Patti Glaza, Vice
 President and Group Publisher of Small Times(TM).
     Best of Small Tech Award: Product
     The Small Times(TM) Magazine 2006 Best of Small Tech Product of the
 Year award goes to an electron microscope that provides critical data for
 research and development on a highly stable, easy-to-use platform that
 provides ground-breaking results in nanoresearch: FEI Titan 80-311.
     Runners-up are Acrymed's SilvaGard, Fiberstars' EFO, Oxonica's SERS
 Nanotags, and SiTimes' SiRes Product Family.
     Best of Small Tech Award: Company
     CardioMEMS, Inc., captured the 2006 Best of Small Tech Company of the
 Year award for its new, FDA-approved implantable wireless pressure sensors,
 which measure pressure changes in the abdominal aorta, promising a
 relatively inexpensive means of managing patients with congestive heart
 failure by allowing healthcare providers to adjust patient medication
 before a crisis occurs.
     Runners-up are FEI Company, Micralyne, Nantero, Inc., and SiGNa
     Best of Small Tech Award: Business Leader
     Chairman, President, and CEO of NeoPhotonics Corporation, Tim Jenks,
 earned the 2006 Small Times(TM) Magazine Business Leader of the Year award
 for the successful merger of California-based NeoPhotonics Corp. with
 Photon Technology, Co. Ltd., in Shenzhen China. The newly merged company
 has continued to thrive, with $50 million in annual sales, new product
 launches, European distribution, and additional acquisitions.
     Runners-up are Bob Gelfond (MagiQ Technologies), Michael Natan
 (Oxonica, Inc.), James Rock (Akustica, Inc.), and Billy Stanbery (HelioVolt
     Best of Small Tech Award: Researcher
     IBM Research's Jia Chen discovered a new way to make carbon nanotubes
 into light sources much brighter than large area Light Emitting Diodes
 (LEDs) by injecting them with hot electrons so that they can efficiently
 produce photons. In addition, the photon-emitting nanotubes have the
 potential to be produced with the same processes as conventional electronic
 components. Chen's breakthrough research in this area earned her the Small
 Times(TM) Magazine Best of Small Tech Researcher of the Year award in 2006.
     Runners-up are Russell Cowburn (Imperial College, London), James Tour
 (Rice University), Huikai Xie (University of Florida), and Jie Zhang
     Best of Small Tech Awards: Innovator
     James M. Tour, Rice University, developed the world's first nanocar, a
 single-molecular gadget with a chassis, freely rotating axles, and wheels,
 measuring in total just three to four nanometers across. Tour's ultimate
 goal is the development of nanomachines for bottom-up manufacturing, and it
 is this vision that earned him the Small Times(TM) Magazine 2006 Best of
 Small Tech Innovator of the Year award.
     Runners-up are James Balcom (Polyfuel), Dan Gamota (Motorola), Magnus
 Gittins (Advance Nanotech), and Pradeep Haldar (University at Albany).
     Best of Small Tech Awards: Advocate
     Sean Murdock's tireless work as the face of nanotechnology earned the
 Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance our Best of Small Tech
 Advocate award for 2006. His efforts to educate representatives and
 senators about the importance of developing commercial nanotechnology
 helped push forward at least two bills promoting nanotech investment.
     Runners-up are Roger Grace (Roger Grace Associates), Matthew Laudon
 (Nano Science and Technology Institute), Ellen McDevitt (MEMS Industry
 Group), and Robert D. "Skip" Rung (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies
     Best of Small Tech Awards: Lifetime Achievement
     Morinobu Endo, professor of engineering at Shinshu University, captured
 the 2006 Small Times(TM) Magazine Best of Small Tech Lifetime Achievement
 award. This award is in recognition of his contributions as an innovator
 and researcher with carbon nanotubes. He has devoted a lifetime of research
 in how to manufacture nanotubes more rapidly and cheaply and how to
 integrate them into useful objects, such as extended-life batteries. Endo
 has authored or co-authored more than 40 textbooks and 250 papers in
 peer-reviewed journals such as Nature and Science. He has received a long
 list of awards and honors, including the 2004 American Carbon Society
     About the Awards
     This is the fifth year of the prestigious Small Times(TM) Magazine Best
 of Small Tech Awards. Small Times staff evaluates the nominees along with
 seven panels of industry experts. Awards are based on accomplishments
 between June 1, 2005, and June 1, 2006. More details can be found in the
 September/October issue or online at
     About Small Times
     Small Times(TM) Media was purchased in September 2005 by PennWell
 Corporation, a diversified global media and information company. Small
 Times(TM) Magazine remains the leading source of business news and analysis
 about the small tech industry, which includes nanotechnology, MEMS and
 microsystems. Its circulation is now free to qualified subscribers around
 the world in both print and digital form. In addition to its news services
 (Small Times(TM) magazine,, Small Times Direct, Small Tech
 Advantage), Small Times(TM) organizes the leading nanotechnology business
 conference and trade show in North America, Small Times(TM) NanoCon
 International. Our annual Small Tech Business Directory is free to all
 subscribers and provided online as an industry service at For more information, visit
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