University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies to Sponsor Emerging Industry Symposium on 'The Business Reality of Micro and Nano Technologies' -- 5th annual event will offer attendees opportunities to network with

national industry experts and Michigan-based small tech companies and

researchers --



    ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Samuel Zell & Robert H.
 Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross
 School of Business will host its 5th Annual emerging industry symposium, "The
 Business Reality of Micro and Nano Technologies," from March 31 to April 1,
 2005.  The symposium, presented jointly with the University of Michigan Office
 of Technology Transfer and the Michigan Small Tech Association (MISTA), will
 offer attendees the opportunity to network with national industry experts and
 Michigan-based small tech companies and researchers, in addition to learning
 about the issues involved with commercializing micro and nano technologies.
 Registration for the event is free.
 
     What:      The Business Reality of Micro and Nano Technologies symposium
                will attempt to get behind the hype of small tech and examine
                real issues, especially as they relate to Michigan-based
                companies commercializing products in micro and nano
                technology.  Nationally recognized speakers and panelists will
                also explore the economic forces that come into play as these
                new technologies strive to reach the marketplace.
 
     When:      Thursday, March 31 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and
                Friday, April 1 from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
     Where:     Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI
 
     Featured
     Speakers:  Keynote addresses by:
                * Marlene Bourne, Senior Analyst for MEMS Market and
                  Technologies, In-Stat/MDR to speak on trends and forces
                  influencing the marketplace.
                * Donn Tice, CEO, Nano-Tex to speak on how nanotechnology
                  innovation turned the textile industry into a high-tech
                  wonder.
 
     Panel
     Discussions: Panelists include a broad range of corporate officers and
                  venture capitalists that will address the following topics:
                  * Michigan-based Small Tech Companies: Real Products in the
                    Marketplace
                  * Small Tech Business Models and Strategies
                  * Small Tech Funding and Investing
                  * Partnerships: The Key to Innovation
 
     To register for FREE or for more information, visit:
 http://www.zli.bus.umich.edu/events_programs/micronano_program.asp
 
     About the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial
 Studies
     The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
 was formed in October 1999.  The Institute actively engages the nation's most
 successful entrepreneurs and offers an outstanding faculty comprised of both
 academic researchers and practitioners in entrepreneurship. The Institute's
 mission is to focus the capabilities and resources of the Ross School of
 Business at the University of Michigan to provide education, and experience in
 entrepreneurship; serve as a catalyst for new venture development; and
 contribute research in the field of entrepreneurship.  Members of the Advisory
 Board include Samuel Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments; Michael
 Hallman, former COO of Microsoft Corporation; and Eugene Applebaum, Founder of
 Arbor Drugs, Inc.  For more information, visit the Institute online at
 http://www.zli.bus.umich.edu.
 
     Media Contacts:
      Christian T. Potts                 Mary Nickson
      FitzGerald Communications          Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie
      617-585-2231                       Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
      cpotts@fitzgerald.com              734-615-4424
                                         mnickson@umich.edu
 
 

SOURCE The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial

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