TX , September 30, 2005 ---NanoTX'06 has learned
that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member
of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced
the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations bill
has been approved that includes $15 million in new
funding requested by Sen. Hutchison for the Strategic
Partnership for Research in Nanotechnology (SPRING) .
The program is a consortium comprised of the University
of Texas (UT) at Arlington, UT-Austin, UT-Brownsville,
UT-Dallas, UT-Pan American, Rice University and University
of Houston, that are also participating in nanoTX'06 ,
a world scale nanotechnology conference and expo
held at the Dallas Convention Center September 27-28,
This funding will build on that effort and continue the consortium's work to
establish a collaborative network of well-equipped research centers to rapidly
develop and promote nanotechnology.
"Texas is pushing the envelope even further in research and that is certainly
the case with nanotechnology," Sen. Hutchison said, who has made elevating the
national profile and federal funding for Texas' higher education research a top
And it is true, the $200M Texas Emerging Technology Fund is also
a subject of study at nanoTX'06 . Technologists and
business leaders from around the country have been requesting detailed information
on how the Texas governor's office launched the Emerging Technology Fund. Now
the office of Governor Rick Perry, in cooperation with the Texas
Nanotechnology Initiative , has agreed to have two people key
to the funds creation and implementation release a detailed study of the fund
at nanoTX'06 .
To be released are valuable insights in the creation of the fund, its passage
through the Texas legislature, and how it is being implemented, told by three
key people? "It was difficult and complicated in organizing technologists and
businesses to get behind such an effort in a state as large as Texas," says
Kelly Kordzik, president of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative in Austin.
Kordzik is joining with the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson,
and Mark Ellison, Director of the Texas Emerging
Technology Fund at nanoTX'06 in Dallas where they
will tell how to push such an effort through a legislature that is heavily
focused on other budgetary items. The team will also explain how the fund is
being used around the state to commercialize advanced technologies such as
Presented by the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, the event carries the theme: The
Promise of Tomorrow—The Business of Nanotechnology .
According to Kordzik, nanoTX'06 will draw the top
minds in four vital and interrelated nanotech areas of commerce: Semiconductor/MEMS/NEMS,
Defense/Homeland Security/Aerospace, Biomed/Health 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 is drawing 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. 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 the 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 Dr. Hans Stork, CTO at
Texas Instruments; Sue Billat, Benchmark Strategies; Dr. Mark Pinto, Sr. VP
and CTO at Applied Materials; Mark Hakey of IBM Corporation 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 will openly discuss
their work and the future of nanotechnology, organized by Katharine Green,
Director of Corporate Communications at Zyvex. Among the Nobel laureates to
be honored will be Dr. Robert Curl of Rice University (Buckyball fame), and
Dr. Alan MacDiarmid of the University of Texas, Dallas (2000 winner, Synthetic
Never before such a gathering of the top minds in nanotechnology, such as Dr.
James S. Murday, Superintendent of Chemistry Division, Naval Research Laboratory;
Dr. Kimberly McGrath, Director of Fuel Cell Research at QuantumSphere; Dr.
David Bishop, VP of Nanotechnology at Bell Labs/Lucent; Dr. Christopher Rothfuss
of the U.S. State Department; Dr. Bob Gower, CEO of Carbon Nanotechnologies;
Randy Bell, CEO of Nanotechnologies, Inc; Dr. Harold Garner at University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center, to mention only a small few.
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.
Also such names as Carl Johnson, President of INFRASTRUCTURE; Dr. Zvi Yaniv,
CEO at Applied Nanotech; Howard Berke, CEO at Konarka Technologies; and Jonathan
Javitt, Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, among others.
Trends/Finance/Investing will feature a panel of venture capitalists.
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/press.html .
Chris Paulitz or Brittany Eck
Texas Nanotechnology Initiative