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Lubbock shows commitment to technology transfer and commercialization of available technologies within Texas Tech University System

West Texas Nanotechnology Forum to Highlight Region’s Newest Technologies

March 10, 2005

The Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property of the Texas Tech University System, along with Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, Texas Tech University College of Engineering, Lubbock Regional BioScience Initiative, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute and Technopolis Xchange, will host a nanotechnology forum in April to showcase the region’s most promising available technologies for commercialization.

The West Texas Nanotechnology Forum, to be held April 19 at Texas Tech University, United Spirit Arena, will feature eight of the region’s best nanotechnology prospects for venture capital investment. The technology, ranging from bulk explosives production and controllability to semiconductor nanowires development, extends through several colleges and departments and is coordinated primarily through the Nano Tech Center through the College of Engineering. Other areas include a focus on bioengineering and the application of nanotechnology in the healthcare industries.

“The caliber of research and development and intellectual property at Texas Tech is world-class in its quality and depth,” said Lance Anderson, director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property of the Texas Tech University System. “We are excited to be co-hosting this year’s conference and look forward to discussing our emerging nanotechnologies and our position in Texas’ pursuit to become a leader in the nanotech industry.”

Scheduled keynoters include Gary Pankonien, president of WesTech Ventures who has over 30 years experience founding, building and managing high tech companies, both public and private, and Jerry Keys, an intellectual property and technology attorney and shareholder in the Austin office of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.

"This is an exceptional opportunity to bring together academia, and industry, and venture capital investors," explains Dale Gannaway, said Dale Gannaway, director of Lubbock Regional BioScience Initiative. "In striving to help spin technologies from our institutions, we anticipate the opportunities that the forum presents will be valuable to all who attend."

The West Texas Nanotechnology Forum is sponsored by Emergent Technologies, Bayer CropScience and FiberMax, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., BlabberMouth PR, and McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, L.L.P.

For more information about the West Texas Nanotechnology Forum, please call LeeAnn Richardson at 806-723-8246.

About Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property of the Texas Tech University System

The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property (OTTIP) is to manage the Intellectual Property of the Texas Tech University System and assure that the technology developed by the System benefits the public and generates income to support the research and education missions of the System and rewards and encourages the recruiting and retention of creative faculty.

For more information, please visit or contact Lance Anderson at 806.742.4105.

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