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October lineup includes ‘Nano-APP Summit’ and $150,000 business idea competition

NANO Week Returns with Focus on Products

Cleveland, OH. | June 28, 2005

Organizers are again expecting hundreds of scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to gather here October 17-21 for the second annual NANO Week. Demonstrating a shift away from last year's focus on medical applications for nanotechnology, this year's event will spotlight the ways nanotechnology is being used to develop commercial products. Among the programs slated for that week is a revamped business idea competition that will award $150,000 in prizes to winners from the international and North Coast communities.

The Nano Network, a consortium of nanotechnology-minded scientists, entrepreneurs and supporting agencies in Northeast Ohio is the organizer of NANO Week.

"Nanotechnology is moving out of research labs and onto the factory floor and into consumer products," said Chris Mather, executive director of the Nano Network and associate director of NorTech. "Those products range from golf balls that fly farther to lighter, stronger metals used in automobiles and airplanes. The goal of NANO Week is to highlight these new products and demonstrate that nanotechnology is making possible the next generation of innovative materials and products."

The schedule for NANO Week includes:

  • Nano-App Summit 2005 - A three-day conference focusing on the role of nanotechnology in the development of new products across three different industry sectors: aerospace (Oct. 17), automotive (Oct. 18) and consumer products (Oct. 19). It is expected to be the most applications-focused nanotechnology conference ever held worldwide. Top university nanotechnology research and its commercial potential will also be featured at the Nano-App Summit, as will an introductory symposium on nanotechnology, Nano101. These events will he held at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
  • Nanopolymers and LCDs -- A one-day exploration of the ways nano-polymers are being used to develop the next generation of liquid crystal displays (LCDs). The Oct. 20 forum will be held at the renowned Liquid Crystal Institute on the campus of Kent State University (Kent, Ohio).
  • The 2nd Annual International and North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition - $150,000 in prize money will be awarded to contestants whose idea for a nanotechnology-driven business is judged to be most capable of commercialization. The contest this year focuses on the next generation of nanotechnology-based products and applications for the aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries. Semi-finalists will be judged on Oct. 20, and finalists will be judged on Oct. 21 at Case Western Reserve University, which is organizing and hosting the competition.
  • Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum - Lorain County Community College (Elyria, Ohio) will host this one-day symposium on Oct. 20, during which featured nanotechnology companies will share their experiences deploying nanotechnology in today's manufacturing setting. The Lorain County Manufacturing Council is the sponsor of the forum.
  • Microsystems Economic Forum- The Ohio MEMS Association is sponsoring this symposium on Oct. 21 to focus on the business issues associated with Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology. Nationally known experts in finance, economics and product commercialization will keynote the event.

"The wide variety of programs that constitute NANO Week demonstrate how pervasive nanotechnology is becoming in our society," said Mark Brandt, co-founder of the Nano Network and managing partner of the Maple Fund, a venture fund that invests in technology companies emerging from college campuses. "Cleveland is well positioned to play a pivotal role in the commercialization of products that incorporate nanotechnology, and NANO Week will highlight that fact."

For more information on NANO Week and its schedule of events, please visit the Nano Network Web site at


About the Nano Network:
The Nano Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to enhance nanotechnology research and commercialization activities and capacities in Northeast Ohio.

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About the NorTech:
NorTech (The Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition) is a diverse group of 50 regional leaders committed to ensuring economic growth and leadership in Northeast Ohio by promoting entrepreneurially based, globally competitive technology development, innovation and commercialization

For more information, please visit

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