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A world scale nanotechnology conference and expo will be held at the Dallas Convention Center September 27-28, 2006.
Presented by the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, the event is nanoTX'06, with the theme: The Promise of Tomorrow—The Business of Nanotechnology.
According to Kelly Kordzik, president of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, nanoTX’06 will draw the top minds in three vital and interrelated nanotech areas of commerce: Defense/Homeland Security/Aerospace, Biomed/Life Sciences, and Energy/Chemical/Environment, plus an intense study of Trends/Finance/Investing by leading experts of industry. "An event of this quality and magnitude will draw world-wide attention to Texas," says Kordzik. "There are 40 countries with state sponsored nanotechnology programs, including Japan, UK, Korea, Canada, Australia, France, the list keeps growing."
Cosponsoring organizations include the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas and the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute, and others. Speakers will present the latest research on how their nanotech applications apply to business and commerce, and include such respected names as Dr. Ray H. Baughman, Director of the NanoTech Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas and Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Baughman will speak on New Inventions of UTD’s NanoTech Institute: From Multifunctional Nanotube Fibers and Sheets to Artificial Muscles, Displays, and Devices for Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Conversion. Among other top pioneers in nanotech to speak include Mark Hakey of IBM Corporation; James S. Murday, PhD, Superintendent of Chemistry Division, Naval Research Laboratory; and Jim Von Ehr, founder of Zyvex Corporation, the first molecular nanotechnology company in the world. Zyvex is a highly renowned world-scale player in the nanotechnology community, the most publicized private nanotechnology business in the world, and the most highly regarded company in the field of molecular assemblers.
One of the highlights of nanoTX’06 will be the Nobel Laureate Legends reception, dedicated to the memory of the late Jack Kilby, where Nobel prize winners in various related fields, such as Dr. Robert Curl of Rice and Dr. Alan MacDiarmid of the University of Texas at Dallas, will openly discuss their work and the future of nanotechnology.
Also invited are luminaries such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Congressman Joe Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committees; W. J. "Billy" Tauzin, PhRMA; Malcolm O'Neil, VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin; Trends/Finance/Investing will feature a panel of venture capitalists and such names as Carl Johnson, President of INFRASTRUCTURE, and David R. Hofman, Nanotechnology Patent Specialist, Haynes and Boone, LLP.
Kordzik says that Dallas was chosen because "Texas deserves to host a world class nanotechnology event and the Convention Center is big enough to hold it on the dates that are needed."
An interview with Kelly Kordzik can be read at the nanoTX’06 web site, www.nanotx.biz
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