Texas Nanotechnology Initiative Elects Two New Directors

Apr 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from Texas Nanotechnology Initiative

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Nanotechnology
 Initiative (TNI), a leading organization dedicated to establishing Texas as
 a world leader in the development and commercialization of nanotechnology,
 elected David Moxam and Joel Serface to the Board of Directors. Now in its
 fifth year, TNI is a state-wide consortium of Texas-based universities,
 industry leaders, investors, and government officials focused on bringing
 top nanotechnology companies, researchers, funding, business, and education
 entities together to develop the infrastructure necessary to turn Texas
 into an international player on the nanotechnology stage. Kelly Kordzik
 serves as TNI President and chair of the Nanotechnology Practice Group at
 Texas law firm Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.
     Moxam is President and CEO of Authentix, Inc., based in Addison, Texas.
 He is a 15-year veteran of the advanced technology industry who served for
 10 years as a senior executive with global professional services firm EDS,
 and was CEO at Starpoint, a Goldman Sachs technology innovator in the early
 2000s. Authentix provides nanotechnology-based applications for the
 prevention of product counterfeiting, brand adulteration and product
 diversion. The company is considered the global leader in authentication
 and provides brand protection solutions for the oil and gas,
 pharmaceutical, spirits, and agrochemical industries, as well as fiscal tax
 recovery services for governments worldwide. Authentix is recognized as one
 of the first profitable nanotechnology companies in America.
     Serface, considered one of the early venture investors into
 nanotechnology, invests into the convergence of nanotechnology, life
 sciences, energy, environmental, and information technologies. He was
 previously a partner at Eastman Ventures, the strategic investing arm of
 Eastman Chemical Company, where he pioneered the concept of convergent
 technology investing. Prior to Eastman Ventures, Serface was a director at
 Sierra Ventures where he created its later stage investing program. Through
 his involvement with the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, Serface
 spent extensive time with each of the University of California campuses as
 well as Caltech and Stanford, helping them identify ways to improve their
 nanotechnology commercialization practices.
     "In order to make Texas a leading nanotechnology center, I believe it
 is important to get the global corporate and venture capital communities
 involved. By joining the TNI Board, I bring my rolodex of leading global
 VCs and intend to find ways to collaborate smart investors with the
 innovations being generated in Texas," said Serface. Adds Moxam, "TNI
 continues to make great strides in driving economic support toward
 nanotechnology commercialization and I share the board's passion for making
 Texas a leading nanotechnology center."
     "These two new board members will bring added energy, expertise and
 views to TNI," said Kordzik. "Joel and David are high energy professionals
 with their own visions on where Texas needs to be in the nanotechnology
 revolution, and they will be valuable assets to our organization."
     Kordzik says that one of TNI's major focus areas right now is planning
 and preparing for nanoTX '06 (http://www.nanotx.biz ), an international
 nanotechnology conference coming to Dallas Sept 27-28, 2006. "We are
 building momentum in this effort and we are excited about the high caliber
 of exhibitors, presenters and participants who have already signed up for
 nanoTX '06," said Kordzik. "It's not just a Texas event, it's
 international. We have over 150 top scientists and leading business minds
 in technology converging to discuss the nanotechnology race. Over 30
 countries will be represented at this event."
     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's
 Nanotechnology Practice Group (http://www.thenanolawfirm.com/ ) represents
 many of Texas' most renowned scientists, companies and universities within
 this emerging field. 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 http://www.winstead.com .
     For more information on the upcoming nanoTX '06 conference:
     For more information on the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative:
     Kordzik bio: http://www.winstead.com/findanattorney/bio.asp?ID=36

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