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Dixon Johnston
Piedmont Triad North Carolina

March 29th & 30th in Charlotte will see the Second Annual 2011 North Carolina Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference (NCNCC). One innovative addition will be a series of sessions for start-up companies to meet with experienced investors and VC's to explore financing options in today's difficult environment.

March 17th, 2011

2011 North Carolina Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference (NCNCC)

2011 North Carolina Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference (NCNCC)
Barnhardt Center, UNC-Charlotte, NC
March 29 - 30, 2011
The 3rd Annual NCNCC is the venue for networking with fellow professionals and keeping up with the cutting edge of nano. Featuring:
National-level keynote speakers;
Sessions, workshops, and exhibits showcasing the latest advances in the field;
Discussions on financing, licensing, and business development geared toward the nanotech entrepreneur;
Sessions and Exhibits showcasing cutting-edge research, products, and technologies;
Student poster competition;
Networking opportunities with connected professionals.

This will be a day-and-a-half conference that is organized by NC Commerce, is in its 3rd year and typically draws
approximately 300+ leading nanobiotech and nanotech experts from industry and academia to address
key commercialization issues.
Confirmed speakers include:
Travis Earles, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Michael Bolick, President, Lab 21, Ltd., personalized medicine diagnostic specialist supporting healthcare providers, the
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Reyad Sawafta, PhD, CEO/Owner QuarTek Corp., a nanotechnology firm at the forefront of water safety and enrgy conservation
Innovations; also CSO of Phase Change Energy Solutions, bringing "green" natural-based phase change materials to the
building and transportation Industries.

Doug Jamison, CEO of Harris & Harris, a publicly traded venture capital firm exclusively focused on investing in companies enabled
by nanotechnology and microsystems.

Interesting and Valuable new feature thanks to COIN:
The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnolgy (COIN) announced today that they will be hosting a new offering―a private pitch and strategy coaching session with a team of seasoned investors―at the 2011 North Carolina Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference (NCNCC). Interested participants can sign up for a 30-minute slot with experts to pitch their business and technology, receiving feedback and guidance in addressing tough questions. Slots are offered to registered NCNCC attendees on the afternoon of March 29th from 2 until 5 PM.
Participating experts include:

Bill Warner, Paladin & Associates
Nick Wachtel, Lux Capital
Mike Elliott, Noro Moseley
Rob Tyler, Poyner Spruill
Joe Velk, Contender Capital

This new dedicated "One on One with Investors: Pitch Strategy Discourse with Experts" offering will be a significant value-add for the conference, helping companies overcome stumbling blocks before they approach investors.

"No entrepreneur wants to be stuck in the starting gate simply because potential customers don't understand or value their product," said John Hardin, Executive Director of NC Commerce's Office of Science and Technology. "Discourse like what these sessions will offer is critical for helping entrepreneurs understand what appeals to the market and how best to position their products to maximize sales. I expect many of the entrepreneurs will consider these sessions to be some of the most valuable 30 minutes they spend in the course of taking their product to market."
Pitch sessions will be held March 29, 2011 from 2-5 PM. This offering is open to any registered attendee of NCNCC. The pitch room is for all NCNCC attendees. Conference attendees can sign up for a 30-minute slot with experts to make their funding presentation detailing their company or new venture's business and technology and receive feedback and help answering the tough questions. The cost to participants is included in NCNCC registration.
TO REGISTER: Email with the title "NCNCC One on One Request"

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