Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation, Names Erik Scher, Ph.D. One of the World's Top Young Innovators

Scher to Be Honored September 29 - 30 at Technology Review's Emerging

Technologies Conference at MIT

Sep 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from Nanosys Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanosys Inc., a leader in
 nanotechnology-enabled systems, today announced that Dr. Erik Scher, a
 research & development scientist, has been named to the 2004 list of the
 world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of
 Innovation.  The TR100, chosen by the editors of Technology Review and an
 elite panel of judges, consists of 100 individuals under age 35 whose
 innovative work in technology has a profound impact on today's world.  This
 year's nominees are recognized for their contributions in transforming the
 nature of technology and business in industries such as biotechnology and
 medicine, computing, and nanotechnology.
     Before joining Nanosys Dr. Scher pioneered research in synthesis, shape
 control and characterization of nanocrystals while working in Professor Paul
 Alivisatos' lab at the University of California at Berkeley.  Some of his
 achievements are considered building blocks that enable practical applications
 in the nanotechnology industry.  At Nanosys Dr. Scher has continued to focus
 on the commercialization of nanotechnology in areas of everyday use.
     "I am truly excited to have received such an honor for my research. I hope
 that we can use this knowledge to provide both an immediate benefit, while at
 the same time developing longer-term applications that will benefit society,"
 said Erik Scher.
     Dr. Scher received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of
 California -- Berkeley and his B.S. in Chemistry from Rice University.
 He has authored or co-authored 10 publications in journals such as Science and
 Nature, and has over 20 patent applications in the field of nanotechnology.
     "This award demonstrates that Nanosys has the ability to attract and
 retain the very best talent in the nanotechnology industry," commented Larry
 Bock, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
     The 2004 TR100's unparalleled panel of judges includes senior executives
 from the following organizations:
      Boston University, Caltech, Cambridge University, CombinatoRx,
      Concept2Company, Cornell University, General Electric, Geekcorps, Georgia
      Tech, Harvard Medical School, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intellectual
      Ventures, Microsoft, MIT, Northwestern University, PureTech Ventures,
      Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, TIAX, Wharton,
      Xerox, and YankeeTek Ventures.
     "In the five years since we began naming our annual selection of the
 world's top innovators under age 35, inclusion among the TR100 has become one
 of the most prestigious awards for young innovators around the world," said
 David Rotman, executive editor of Technology Review.  "This year's winners are
 all pioneering fascinating innovations in the fields of biomedicine, computing
 and nanotechnology, and were chosen after a rigorous selection and judging
 process.  The result is an elite group whose visions and inventions will shape
 the future of technology."
     Dr. Scher will be honored September 29 - 30 at Technology Review's
 Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.  The event features keynotes, panels
 and breakout discussions on the transformative technological innovations that
 have the potential to fuel new economic growth and dramatically change the
 future. More information on ETC2004 can be found at
     About Technology Review, Inc.
     Technology Review, Inc., an MIT Enterprise, delivers essential information
 about emerging technologies and their impact on business leaders.  Since 1998,
 paid circulation for the company's magazine, Technology Review, has more than
 tripled, climbing from 92,000 to 315,000. Combined with its signature events,
 newsletters, and online businesses, Technology Review reaches over two million
 business leaders throughout the world each month.
     About Nanosys
     Nanosys, Inc. is a leader in the development of nanotechnology based
 products utilizing high performance inorganic nanostructures.  Nanosys has
 built one of the broadest technology platforms in the industry with more than
 250 patents and patent applications covering fundamental areas of
 nanotechnology.  Based in Palo Alto, Calif. and privately held, Nanosys
 collaborates with industry leaders including Dupont, Intel, Matsushita
 Electric Works and SAIC to develop revolutionary high-value, high-performance
 products for computing, optoelectronics, communications, energy, defense and
 the life and physical sciences.
      For Erik Scher:
      Peter Garcia, CFO, Nanosys Inc. 650-331-2154,
      For TR100 and Technology Review:
      Kristen Collins, KMC Partners, 617-833-5574,

SOURCE Nanosys Inc.