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The Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance and key partners have expanded their effort to build a National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in Canada. As one of the world's only industrialized countries without an NNI, Canadian industry is increasingly vulnerable to miss out on the vast technological and economic opportunities developing from nanotechnology.
Canada's Nanotech SWAT Team was created last year to prepare a position paper on the need for a Canada NNI by presenting the viewpoints of various stakeholders in Canada. Some of Canada's foremost nanotech business and regional leaders have been added to the SWAT team to gain critical mass and industry representation. The new additions include:
Nanotech / Small Tech Business Leaders
|Aviation MEMS:||Hany Moustapha, Senior Fellow & Director, Pratt & Whitney Canada|
|Bandwidth Technology:||Brian Moore, Co-founder and CTO, BigBangwidth|
|Biomaterials:||Jeffrey Turner, President, Nexia|
|Catalysts:||Gary Whipp, President, Nanox|
|Chemicals:||Neil Huff, President & CEO, Lightyear Technologies|
|Genetic Testing:||Michel Bergeron, Founder and Board Member, IDI|
|Hydrogen Energy:||Clemens van Zeyl, President & CEO, Hera Hydrogen|
|IT/ Life Sciences:||Sal Causi, Business Development Executive, IBM|
|Lightweight Materials:||Sabin Boily, President, Groupe Minutia|
|Microfluidics:||Chris Lumb, President, Micralyne|
|Optics:||James Wylde, Bookham|
|Rare Earth Materials:||Constantine Karayannopoulos, COO, AMR|
|Resistant Materials:||Gino Palumbo, President, Integran|
|Space Technologies:||Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CLS3|
Regional and Disciplinary Nanotech Leaders
|Montreal/Quebec:||Robert Sing, Coordinator, NanoQuebec|
|Toronto/Ontario:||Ken Pritzker, U of Toronto Nano Planning Committee|
|Edmonton/Alberta:||David Alton, Director Nanotechnology Planning, U of Alberta|
|Students:||Michael Brougham, Director Student Chapter, Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance|
This is in addition to the original team:
|Chair:||Neil Gordon, Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance|
|NRC:||Dan Wayner, National Institute of Nanotechnology|
|Canadian Government:||Tom Malis, Natural Resources Canada|
|Academia:||Peter Grutter, McGill and NSERC|
|Industry:||Uri Sagman, C Sixty|
|Venture Capital:||Tony Redpath, Primaxis Technology Ventures|
Why Does Canada Need an NNI? While Canadian research in nanotechnology and related small technologies is world class on many fronts, and several commercial ventures have been launched, the absence of a focused and nationally coordinated nanotechnology initiative funded by the Canadian Government is increasing the technology gap between Canada and virtually every industrialized country in the world.
We are experiencing situations where minerals mined in Canada are exported to other countries, processed into nanomaterials and small tech devices, and then sold back into Canada. This value-added activity is leaving the country and, in time, will take with it opportunities for fabricators and down-stream production plants that require nanotech expertise.
Nanotechnology know-how is being developed at key emerging hubs in the US and 20 other countries due to coordinated and government financed national nanotechnology initiatives. Some of these hubs have already developed the world's leading nanotech expertise in specific sectors. With a critical mass of infrastructure, scientists, students, and early stage commercial activities, large companies are attracted to these hubs for setting up state-of-the-art research and production facilities, and are overlooking Canada for their investments.
Without an NNI, certain Canadian manufacturing sectors will become less competitive and see an increasing amount of strategic value-added business leave the country and move to centers of nanotechnology expertise. Regretfully, our recent federal budget has not addressed this development.
If you would like to make any comments about the budget's absence of direct funding for nanotechnology research and commercialization, you can contact the office of the Honourable John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada Takes First Step Towards a Nanomedicine Research Strategy
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is leading an effort to create a Nanomedicine strategy for Canada. Rémi Quirion, Scientific Director of the CIHR's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction hosted Canada's first nanoscience workshop along with partner agencies, the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Opening remarks by CIHR president Alan Bernstein set the stage for Nanomedicine research in Canada, which he reiterated from his meeting with the Honourable Anne McLennan, Minister of Health. An RFA for funding proposals is expected to be announced this spring or early summer.
Other excellent speakers gave presentations on leading applications in the convergence of nanoscience and medicine, including: Michael Roukes, California Institute of Technology; Bala Manion, Quantum Dots Corp; Warren Chan, University of Toronto; Kishor Wason, University of British Columbia; Uri Sagman, C Sixty and Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance; Ueli Aebi, University of Basel; John Steeves, International Collaboration on Repair Technologies; and Robert Haddon, University of California at Riverside.
The workshop's organizing committee included Rémi Quirion, CIHR; Dan Wayner, NRC; Peter Grutter, NSERC and McGill University; Uri Sagman, Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance and C Sixty; Neil Gordon, Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance and Sygertech; Eric Marcotte, Galileo Equity Management and McMaster University; and Brin Sharp, Intersol.
Further information on the workshop including:
Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Research Group Forms
Dr. Kishor Wasan of the University of British Columbia is assembling a grassroots research team on nanoparticle drug delivery for cancer chemotherapy and/or spinal cord injury. If you are interesting in more information, please contact Kish at email@example.com
NSERC Seeks Proposals for Nanotech Research
Dr. Peter Grutter, Scientific Director of NSERC's Nano Innovation Platform has announced a new program for funding excellent, high risk, high gain Canadian projects in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The program's aim is to challenge the best nano researchers in Canada to dream, perform fundamental studies, and to broadly develop platform technologies, intellectual property or products. Awards are for a fixed sum of $ 100,000 per year for initially 2 years starting as early as June 2003. For more information, please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/NSERCnanoIP/
CNBA Announces National Nanotech Student Association
The Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance has established a national nanotech student's association. Spearheaded by Michael Brougham, the student association will help students fulfill educational and career objectives in nanotechnology in Canada. Michael is currently the President of the University of Toronto NanoClub, and is eager to work with colleagues at other universities. You can contact Michael at email@example.com
CNBA Announces National Nanotech Tools Network
With the intention of maximizing the usage of expensive and scare nanotech infrastructure in Canada, Tom Malis of Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Nanotech SWAT Team is coordinating a repository of nanotech tools in Canada. The objective is to make it easier for Canadian researchers and industrial partners to find the most appropriate tools, expertise and related infrastructure to optimize their work. Nanotech tool and service providers are encouraged to contact Tom at malis@NRCan.gc.ca
Call for Papers - Computational Transport Phenomena in Nanotechnology Conference
Alex Povitsky of Concordia University and CERCA is seeking presenters for the 2003 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2003) which will be held in Montreal, May 18 to 22, 2003. Topics of interest include modeling of large multi-scale problems in nanotechnology, CFD for nanotechnology, molecular dynamics for nanotechnology, multi-resolution analysis, coupled continuum and multi-scale simulations, laser ablation modeling, higher Knudsen number flows and Burnett equations, modeling of polymer mixing with nano-materials, and reduction of kinetic models related to nanotechnology. For more information, see the conference website http://www.ucalgary.ca/iccsa/ or contact Alex at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanotechnology and Bioethics
Gregor Wolbring of the University of Calgary and Executive Director of the International Center for Bioethics, Culture and Disability has assembled an interesting website with an impressive list of resources. You can reach Gregor at email@example.com
Canadian Activities in Nano IT
Shane Schick writes an interesting article in IT Business on nanotech activities related to information technologies in Canada and abroad.
Please Help Us Build Support
For us to be successful in obtaining a Canadian NNI, support must come from business, academia, government, and the financial community. We want to generate the critical mass needed to legitimize this effort. Feel free to forward this message to fellow Canadians in nanotechnology or affiliated with Canadian interests in nanotechnology who believe that a Canadian NNI is crucial for our continued role as a high tech nation.
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