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NanoOpto Named Manufacturing Leader on the Scientific American 50

Scientific American's Debut List Recognizes Science and Technology Contributions from Many Fields

Somerset, NJ. November 11th, 2002

NanoOpto Corp., which is applying proprietary nano-optics and nano-manufacturing technology to design and make components for optical systems and networks, announced today it has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of the Scientific American 50 - the noted magazine's first list recognizing contributions from the past year to science and technology providing a vision of a better future.

NanoOpto has been named a Company Leader in Manufacturing for its work in developing its innovative molding processes as a tool for making better optical circuitry.

"NanoOpto is extremely honored to be included on the Scientific American 50, and recognized by Scientific American magazine for our manufacturing excellence," said Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO. "In 2002 NanoOpto moved the manufacturing of nano-structure based optics from research to reality by creating a state-of-the-art nano fabrication facility that is already generating first products. The combination of flexible nano-optic design and rapid, high volume manufacturing promises to dramatically change the costs of creating optical circuits.

Said Editor-in-Chief John Rennie, "Scientific American editors wanted to recognize some of the most outstanding visionaries who are advancing technology and guaranteeing a brighter future for all of us. Scientists aren't the only ones doing this. That is why Scientific American 50 includes business leaders, policy leaders, companies and other organizations that influence how society puts innovations to good use."

Selected by the magazine's Board of Editors, the Scientific American 50 spotlights a Business Leader and a Research Leader of the year, in addition to citing accomplishments in the following categories: Agriculture, Chemicals and Materials, Communications, Computing, Defense, Energy, Environment, Manufacturing, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Treatments, Transportation and General Technology. Each category recognizes a Business Leader, Policy Leader, Company Leader and Research Leader.

About NanoOpto

NanoOpto Corp. is applying proprietary nano-optic and nano-manufacturing technology to design and make components for optical systems and networks. The company's subwavelength scale nano-optic design capability combined with nano-scale manufacturing technologies delivers optical components that allow more rapid prototyping, higher performance, and lower overall system cost. Both independently and with industry partners, NanoOpto uses its rapid design and high volume manufacturing capabilities to produce superior versions of standard optical components and new classes of integrated optical subassemblies for both custom and general applications. The company has received financial backing from leading venture capitalists and is based in Somerset, New Jersey.

About Scientific American, Inc.

Founded in 1845, editorial contributors to Scientific American have included over 100 Nobel laureates, among them Albert Einstein, Neils Bohr, Francis Crick, Stanley Prusiner and Harold Varmus. Scientific American, Inc. is a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, a U.S. subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, a privately held international media corporation operating in more than 40 countries. In addition to Scientific American, Holtzbrinck Publishers includes the book publishing houses Farrar, Straus & Giroux; W.H. Freeman; Henry Holt and Company; St. Martin's Press and Tor; the academic scholarly publishing company Palgrave U.S.; the College Publishing Group of Bedford Freeman Worth; and the distribution company VHPS.

Amy Miller
Interprose PR
Tel: 703-469-2292

Reprinted with premission. Copyright NanoOpto Corp.

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