NanoBCA News – 2015 Summer Edition

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 | No Comments »

As a person who attended and testified at the Public Meeting in regard to TSCA section 8(a) Proposed Rule on Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials on June 11, 2015, I would like to share with you the presentation that was given at the EPA meeting.

Click the link below to view the presentation:

TSCA Section 8(a) Proposed Rule for Chemical Substances Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials

- Written comments are due by August 5, 2015

- Submit comments to Docket # EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572 at www.regulations.gov

- Instructions are in the proposed rule on other methods for submitting comments including comments containing confidential business information

- Contact Jim Alwood at 202-564-8974 or alwood.jim@epa.gov for further information

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NANO NEWS

A Call for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
By Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, OSTP and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, OSTP

Read more about what makes an effective Grand Challenge and how to propose your own Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade and comment on these examples here. Responses must be received by July 16, 2015 to be considered.

QEEN Workshop: Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products – Sponsored by CPSC in Collaboration with the NNI
Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Holiday Inn, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
The 2015 winners will be announced at the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Ceremony, July 13, 2015, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC

VC-backed Nanotronics completes Franklin MCI acquisition
PE Hub

Nanosys First to Achieve EPA Approval for Mass Production of Quantum Dots
PR Newswire

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-402-7200 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become Individual Members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, July 16th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $150.

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Enjoy the summer!

NanoBCA Recommends: A Call for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

We would like to share with you an announcement (Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade) posted on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) website by Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the OSTP and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at OSTP.

On June 17, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade. A Grand Challenge is an ambitious but achievable goal that requires advances in science and technology to achieve, and that has the potential to capture the public’s imagination.

Under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), scientists, engineers, and educators are building a future in which the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale leads to a revolution in technology and industry. The collective effort of this community to achieve the vision of the NNI has greatly accelerated the discovery, development, and deployment of nanotechnology to address broad national needs.

In a recent review of the NNI, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology called for government agencies, industry, and the research community to identify and pursue nanotechnology Grand Challenges. Through today’s RFI, we want to hear your game-changing ideas for Grand Challenges that harness nanoscience and nanotechnology to solve important national or global problems. These Grand Challenges should stimulate additional public and private investment, and foster the commercialization of Federally-funded nanotechnology research.

What would a nanotechnology-inspired Grand Challenge look like? Although nanoscale science and technology is a broadly enabling discipline, not every worthwhile Grand Challenge is going to be solved using nanotechnology. But we believe there are compelling, ambitious challenges where the known benefits of nanoscale science and technology are likely to play an important role in solving the problem. Here are some examples developed by the NNI agencies, working with the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and OSTP (see the RFI for more details):

By 2025, the nanotechnology R&D community is challenged to achieve the following:

  1. Increase the five-year survival rates by 50% for the most difficult to treat cancers.
  2. Create devices no bigger than a grain of rice that can sense, compute, and communicate without wires or maintenance for 10 years, enabling an “internet of things” revolution.
  3. Create computer chips that are 100 times faster yet consume less power.
  4. Manufacture atomically-precise materials with fifty times the strength of aluminum at half the weight and the same cost.
  5. Reduce the cost of turning sea water into drinkable water by a factor of four.
  6. Determine the environmental, health, and safety characteristics of a nanomaterial in a month.

What would you propose? Read more about what makes an effective Grand Challenge and how to propose your own Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade and comment on these examples here. Responses must be received by July 16, 2015 to be considered.

I encourage all NanoBCA members and members of the nanotechnology community to respond to the White House OSTP challenge.  I know I am going to!

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

Save the Date – Water 2.0 Data Analytics Conference 11/18 Washington DC

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

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Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Conference Location:
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20007-5109
202.672.5300

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) is proud to announce our Water 2.0 Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference.  The event will take place on Wednesday, November 18th at the law offices of Foley & Lardner in Washington, DC.  This event is being organized by our newest WIAF member, Wichita State University’s, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI).

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Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 – Data Analytics for the Water Industry Conference will focus on the use of data analytics, software and cyber security for water utilities. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.  Registration will open at 8:AM.  Lunch is included in the registration fee.  The conference will wrap-up at 5:PM followed by networking.

REGISTER TODAY – $250

We have recruited some of the water industry’s top software professionals.  Speakers will include:

Kenneth E. Russell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute – Wichita State University

Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, WaterCura

Christopher Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies

Further agenda updates will be available next month.

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WATER NEWS

Here Come the Waterworks: An Anniversary Perspective on Water’s Past and Future
By Alan Hinchman
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Are You Tired of the Drought Yet?
By Chris Peacock
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Water Crisis Becomes Food Crisis
By Richard Kreidler
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

What Analytics Do Water People Need?
By Jeff Martin
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Will Science Help Ease Our Water Issues?
By Laurence Mann
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Innovation Returns to Water Utilities in America
By Vincent Caprio
GE – Our Water Counts Blog

Start making your plans for the fall.  We hope to see you in DC in November!  Save the date, Wednesday, November 18th.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

Our NanoBCA Members at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) Meeting May 20, 2015

Posted on June 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

New Initiatives to Accelerate the Commercialization of Nanotechnology

Posted by Lloyd Whitman, Tom Kalil, and JJ Raynor on May 20, 2015 at 05:42 PM EDT

Today, May 20, the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a forum at the White House to discuss opportunities to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology.

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Participants in the White House Forum on Small Business Challenges to Commercializing Nanotechnology. (Photo credit: Lloyd Whitman)

Over the last fifteen years, the Federal government has invested over $20 billion in nanotechnology R&D as part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), working towards breakthroughs such as smart anticancer therapeutics that will destroy tumors while leaving healthy cells untouched, and lighter, thinner body armor that could save the lives of America’s soldiers.

A recent review of the NNI by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) concluded that:

“…the nanotechnology field is at a critical transition point and has entered its second era, which we call NNI 2.0.  This next technological generation will see the evolution from nanoscale components to interdisciplinary nanosystems and the movement from a foundational researchbased initiative to one that also provides the necessary focus to ensure rapid commercialization of nanotechnology.”

In recognition of the importance of nanotechnology R&D, representatives from companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profits are announcing a series of new and expanded public and private initiatives that complement the Administration’s efforts to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology and expand the nanotechnology workforce:

  • The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are launching the Nano Health & Safety Consortium to advance research and guidance for occupational safety and health in the nanoelectronics and other nanomanufacturing industry settings.
  • Raytheon has brought together a group of representatives from the defense industry and the Department of Defense to identify collaborative opportunities to advance nanotechnology product development, manufacturing, and supply-chain support with a goal of helping the U.S. optimize development, foster innovation, and take more rapid advantage of new commercial nanotechnologies.
  • BASF Corporation is taking a new approach to finding solutions to nanomanufacturing challenges. In March, BASF launched a prize-based “NanoChallenge” designed to drive new levels of collaborative innovation in nanotechnology while connecting with potential partners to co-create solutions that address industry challenges.
  • OCSiAl is expanding the eligibility of its “iNanoComm” matching grant program that provides low-cost, single-walled carbon nanotubes to include more exploratory research proposals, especially proposals for projects that could result in the creation of startups and technology transfers.
  • The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is partnering with Venture for America and working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote entrepreneurship in nanotechnology.  Three companies (PEN, NanoMech, and SouthWest NanoTechnologies), are offering to support NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program with mentorship for entrepreneurs-in-training and, along with three other companies (NanoViricides, mPhase Technologies, and Eikos), will partner with Venture for America to hire recent graduates into nanotechnology jobs, thereby strengthening new nanotech businesses while providing needed experience for future entrepreneurs.
  • TechConnect is establishing a Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference to bring together the leaders of nanotechnology student groups from across the country. The conference will highlight undergraduate research and connect students with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.  Five universities have already committed to participating, led by the University of Virginia Nano and Emerging Technologies Club.
  • Brewer Science, through its Global Intern Program, is providing more than 30 students from high schools, colleges, and graduate schools across the country with hands-on experience in a wide range of functions within the company.  Brewer Science plans to increase the number of its science and engineering interns by 50% next year and has committed to sharing best practices with other nanotechnology businesses interested in how internship programs can contribute to a small company’s success.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology is expanding its partnership with the National Science Foundation to provide hands-on experience for students in NSF’s Advanced Technology Education program. The partnership will now run year-round and will include opportunities for students at Hudson Valley Community College and the University of the District of Columbia Community College.
  • Federal agencies participating in the NNI, supported by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, are launching multiple new activities aimed at educating students and the public about nanotechnology, including image and video contests highlighting student research, a new webinar series focused on providing nanotechnology information for K-12 teachers, and a searchable web portal on nano.gov of nanoscale science and engineering resources for teachers and professors.

As the President observed in his most recent State of the Union, “Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development.”  We call on all sectors of the nanotechnology community to identify additional ways to work together and make sure more of those businesses are built on nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Learn More:

Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

JJ Raynor is Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.

 

WIAF Founder Caprio Joins Wichita State University’s ATAI

Posted on June 1st, 2015 | 1 Comment »

ATAI hires Vincent Caprio to identify water, energy technology opportunities

Vincent-Caprio-photo-2013---borderWichita State University’s Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) has hired an advisor to aid in expanding the institute’s impact in the water and energy industries.

Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, will provide ATAI with the insight and connections necessary to identify technology-based solution opportunities in these new fields.

Caprio will serve as a cloud director, a new model being pioneered by ATAI to bring unparalleled talent to Wichita State, regardless of physical geography, and leveraging Cisco’s Telepresence Collaboration technology and Jive Software’s Jive-n Community solution to connect industry leaders with ATAI partners, students and staff.

“Vincent is exceptionally well-versed in a broad spectrum of emerging technologies that impact our country’s energy and water infrastructure,” said Ken Russell, ATAI Executive Director. “He understands the dynamic role technology can play in solving current problems as well how market-driven technology solutions can provide keen insight into future trends.”

Caprio has coordinated numerous Water 2.0 conferences during the past five years and has been a noted speaker at numerous emerging technology conferences throughout America over the past two decades. He is also a frequent contributor to GE’s Our Water Counts, a movement dedicated to bringing proven solutions to the municipal water industry in order to help utilities work smarter and upgrade systems effectively.

“I am thrilled to become part the ATAI team and to collaborate on finding innovative solutions to difficult challenges,” said Caprio. “That’s what Wichita State’s Innovation Campus is all about.

Having been an association leader for years in both the water and energy sectors, I know the challenges facing the nation’s water infrastructure are extremely difficult and these sectors will greatly benefit from ATAI’s strategy to promote a practical approach to solving such complex technology problems.”

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, a founding partner of ATAI, is dedicated to informing the public about emerging water technologies, which can play a critical role in maintaining and repairing the nation’s outdated water infrastructure.

ATAI is a key component of WSU’s Innovation Campus strategy. The institute promotes a practical approach to solving complex technology problems. ATAI is focused on building strong partnerships and providing applied and experiential learning opportunities for students while transforming the very way the educational experience is developed, packaged, delivered and supported.

Photos and “Thank You!” for attending NanoBCA’s annual DC Conference

Posted on June 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

NanoBCA Interview: Harry Bushong, President, Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd. (“nRai”)

Posted on May 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

NanoBCA Interview with Mr. Harry C. Bushong
President of Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd. (“nRai”)

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The NanoBCA is pleased to share the following interview with Harry Bushong, a long-time member of our community and a pioneer and staunch advocate for nanosafety.

The NanoBCA has always kept the topic of nanotech EHS (Environment Health Safety) at the forefront of its agenda and has strived to keep the community informed and engaged on this very important topic.

NanoBCA
Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd. was the first risk assessment firm focused on nanosafety.  Can you tell us how your business has evolved over the years and describe its focus today as well as that of the sister companies that it is affiliated with?

Mr. Bushong
Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd. was indeed the first firm dedicated to providing nanosafety services.  It’s hard to believe, but we’ve just marked our tenth anniversary.  It’s been quite a ride and the landscape has changed dramatically over that time.  To answer your question, I’ll describe briefly how we’ve evolved as a company, or rather I should say “a group of companies”, and what our focus is today.  We started in Texas as a single company, nanoTox, Inc., focused on providing safety consulting services to nanomaterials companies in the U.S.  Our headquarters remains in Texas to this day.  However, as the demands for our services have evolved and the needs of our customers changed, we gradually expanded to be a group of companies with a worldwide reach and a more diversified array of services which include customized research support, government compliance, safety data design and collection, IP assessment, insurance assessment, and manufacturing scale-up.  Along the way, we’ve established or acquired several business units that all now fall under our international umbrella organization, Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd., (“nRai”) which is incorporated in the UK. We continue to provide nanosafety services to clients worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, smaller to midscale companies, and universities.  We have a division in Dublin, Ireland, nTI, which is affiliated with the Center for BioNano Interactions at the University College Dublin.  nTI develops proprietary analytical procedures and kits for safety assessment of nanomaterials optimized according to the “Corona Patent”.  We also assist nanomaterials manufacturing companies to scale-up their production capacities through Nano-PM, Inc.  In addition to these, we have a few other business units in development which we hope to announce publicly in the near future. 

NanoBCA
You have been a pioneer in the area of nanotech safety; what inspired you to go into this field?

Mr. Bushong
Early on as a businessman based in Houston, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with world-class nanotechnologists at Rice University.  These were very exciting and inspirational times led by the preeminent work of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Richard Smalley.  From this exposure we quickly realized that it was inevitable that nanosafety would become a cornerstone of the successful development of commercialization of nanotechnologies.  So, we rolled up our sleeves and started to put together a team, and a group of companies, that could provide valuable counsel in this burgeoning sector.

NanoBCA
You have built one the most impressive boards that I have seen in our nanotech community.  How did you attract such an esteemed group?

Mr. Bushong
Thank you for saying that, and I agree.  We have been blessed to have some of the forefathers of nanotechnology, and other very prominent and capable businessmen, statesman and leaders join us.  For instance:  Dr. Malcolm Gillis (President Emeritus of Rice University) who funded Dr. Smalley’s Noble Prize lab, the Texas UK Collaborative with Lord Sainsbury, and helped form the Nano Health Alliance; former Governor of Virginia George Allen; and our Chairman, now retired Honorary Consul General Jan Dryselius are just a few of the elite caliber of leaders who have helped us develop this business.  When he was the U.S. Senator from Virginia, Gov. Allen, as you very well know, was the Lead Co-Sponsor of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research & Development Act, which your organization, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, was instrumental in developing widespread support for through your advocacy.  I’d also like to mention Allen Gelwick who is one of the thought leaders and visionaries in the insurance industry with regard to the importance of standards for potential insurance risk assessment and under‎writing pertaining to nanomaterial use.

NanoBCA
Thank you Harry.  We at the NanoBCA have been in the trenches with you every step along the way.  In your opinion, how have things changed regarding perception of safety issues from when you started this journey?

Mr. Bushong
That’s a great question.  Things have changed so much from the early days.  Ten years ago, as a society we were still very much in the research and development days of nanotechnology.  At that time, safety beyond the lab space was not of major concern to most stakeholders for a variety of reasons.  We simply did not have the data or the standardization needed to establish significant regulatory oversight, and frankly the very early days of commercialization were just beginning.  This makes me think of our good friend Dr. Mihail Roco, whom I was with just a month or so ago in London where we facilitated his presentation at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.  His predictions (and well-known chart) regarding the timeline of nanotechnology development and commercialization, as you also know, highlights this year, 2015, as the year that global market impact of nanotechnologies will reach $1 Trillion.  That represents a very slow but steady growth from $200 Million in 2000.  So, it took 15 years to grow from $200 Million to $1 Trillion.  What is most interesting to me is that Dr. Roco predicts a jump from $1 Trillion to $3 Trillion in just five years time, from 2015 to 2020.  That’s an exponential leap.  Dr. Roco’s predictions have been exceptionally accurate.  So, it’s fair to say that we are now truly in the midst of a rapid growth phase of nanotechnology commercialization.  And with that, we see rapidly increasing interest in issues of nanosafety across the lifecycle of nanomaterials from research to development to commercialization and with regard to worker safety on the manufacturing floor to the consumer and right through to the environmental disposal of these materials.

NanoBCA
You mentioned Dr. Roco’s presentation in London.  Can you tell us more about that?

Mr. Bushong
Last year we started a Leadership Series in London at the Royal Institution of Great Britain where we showcase nanotechnology leaders from across the world.  It’s been very successful and continues to grow.  We wanted a nanotechnology event that engaged the business community, and especially the insurance industry.  Without insurance, there would be no nano-enabled products.

We’ve attempted to engage all insurers and reinsurers, helping to educate the insurance and risk management community.  This included support for a not-for-profit organization known as the “Nano Insurance Forum” that was well received, but a limited number of markets were willing to support with a preference to each company developing their own approach to address this emerging risk.  The number of insurance companies with underwriting questions or hazard classifications relating to engineered nanomaterials produced by insured or are part of the supply chain, but not disclosed remains limited. 

Our main benefactor for the Leadership Series is Lockton Companies, and we also have a number of nano industry corporate leaders who support the events.  Our first event at The Royal Institution of Great Britain included presentations by both Dr. Malcolm Gillis and Royal Commissioner Michael Depledge.  Our second event featured Dr. Mihail Roco.  We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael A. Meador, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, has agreed to be our next presenter in the series, on Tuesday October 20, 2015 in London.  The Royal Institution of Great Britain has been a perfect venue for the Leadership Series.  As you know, it is also the home of the highly regarded Faraday Museum, which focuses on the history of science.  I highly encourage everyone to join us for Dr. Meador’s presentation in October.  

NanoBCA
What are your impressions of the regulatory environment in the U.S. as compared to abroad?  

Mr. Bushong
After a few years, our company was quickly drawn to the European Union because the EU was a few years ahead of the U.S. with regard to formal oversight of nanosafety.  We encountered a great amount of interest and demand for our expertise in Europe.  And while we were not intentionally looking for business in Europe (we were focused in the U.S. at the time), it really turned out to be a godsend for us because it introduced us to so many important players and truly allowed us to globalize our team and our markets.  Now, the U.S. regulatory environment is very rapidly catching up with the EU as you can see in the ramped up activities of the EPA and FDA over the past year or so.

NanoBCA
How do you see the regulatory environment developing over the coming 5 years?

Mr. Bushong
Given the truth of Dr. Roco’s predictions which we can all see evolving before our eyes, there is no doubt that the massive increase of nanomaterials in the marketplace will coincide with a similar increase in interest and oversight of their safety, not only by regulators but by other interested parties.  The truth of the matter is that all Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies that manufacturer anything, are utilizing nanomaterials, either directly or through their supply chain.  Increased regulatory oversight is bound to occur. The Japanese and Koreans are implementing rules as well.  The bottom line is that industry needs to be responsible and test the safety of their engineered nanoparticles before they scale-up production and expose either their employees, consumers or the environment to unknown risks.  Industry leaders that are proactive on Health and Safety will have a competitive advantage in the market place.  We are starting to see it now.

NanoBCA
What other “interested parties” are you referring to? 

Mr. Bushong
Well, there have been some very significant developments in the last year or so outside the realm of just the regulatory agencies.  First, the class action litigation against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics which involved alleged damage done to patients related to a nanocoating on their hip implants has caused a significant increase in interest to better understand safety data of nanomaterials in products.  Johnson & Johnson’s settlements in that case are at around $3 Billion and still growing.  Secondly, Dunkin’ Donuts, as you know, just acquiesced to pressure from an advocacy group to remove titanium dioxide nanoparticles from its powdered donuts.  This development just scratches the surface of nanomaterials that are currently in the marketplace in food, food packaging and cosmetics, not to mention many other products.  The visibility and broad media coverage of the Dunkin’ Donuts decision has put a spotlight on the issue of nanosafety and has greatly increased interest among a broad spectrum of stakeholders.  And finally, in light of these developments, the insurance sector has taken a much more focused approach to issues of nanosafety.  And so, there are a lot of forces at work outside of the regulatory agencies that are driving serious interest in the services that we provide at Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd. and our affiliated companies.

NanoBCA
Harry, can you provide us with a little more technical detail of why companies should engage with Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd.

Mr. Bushong
Great question.  Let me start with the basic summary and we can expand from there.

As we all know, the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials are particles known to be significantly unique from materials having larger crystallites but with the same chemical composition.  This allows for optimal business applications of these unique nanoparticle properties that companies engineer into their products which function better than the commonly used micro-scaled materials of the 20th Century.

Characterization of these nanomaterials is possible, and highly recommended by us, with analytical chemical methods in typical environments, from a life-cycle management perspective, recognizing the cost of ownership perspective from cradle-to-grave.  This is very important for responsible advanced material development.  By “responsible”, I mean that companies that engage in this effort will greatly reduce the risks that they potentially adverse action by regulatory agency action, consumer legal action, or that they fall short of requirements demanded by sought after investors, or insurers.

In the long run, adherence to these emerging national standards for safety, also reduces regulatory burden and oversight, thus creating a total cost of ownership savings not just a business cost.  At Nano Risk Assessment International, Ltd., we have the team and knowhow to assist and we are seeing that a growing number of companies are finding value in making strategic and smart decisions regarding their safety program.  

NanoBCA
Thank you for inviting the NanoBCA to serve on the judges’ panel for your NanoArt Contest.  It’s a terrific program and an honor for us to be involved.  How did the NanoArt Contest get started?  

Mr. Bushong
The contest has exceeded our expectations and continues to engage great young minds across the world.  The first year we focused on French PhD students in STEM education fields.  In Year 2, we expanded to include students across Europe.  This year, we’ve included U.S. PhD students.  You can learn more at:   www.fondation-nanosciences.fr/ .  I encourage everyone to spread the word.  We have great prizes:  a monthly $200 winner, and our top 3 annual prizes are $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000.  Our contest organizer is the Foundation Nanoscience based in Grenoble, France.

NanoBCA
Harry, thank you for your time and thoughtful responses.  We wish you luck and look forward to seeing you and your team at the 2015 NanoBCA DC Roundtable, May 19-20th, in Washington, DC.

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2015 NanoBCA DC Roundtable
May 19-20th
Washington, DC

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to announce an AGENDA UPDATE for the 2015 DC Roundtable May 19-20th. We will be returning to Washington, DC for our 15th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch. We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO, NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI.

Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 19-20th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with and be heard by the key policy makers.

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You will be able to meet Mr. Harry C. Bushong and his team at our 2015 NanoBCA DC Roundtable.  Looking forward to seeing you in Washington DC!

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

Agenda Update: 2015 NanoBCA DC Roundtable – May 19-20 Washington DC

Posted on May 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to announce an AGENDA UPDATE for the 2015 DC Roundtable May 19-20th. We will be returning to Washington, DC for our 15th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

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2015 NanoBCA DC Roundtable
May 19-20th
Washington, DC

We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch. We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO, NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI.

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2014 NanoBCA DC Roundtable Participants:
Jim Phillips, Gov. George Allen, Vincent Caprio, Tof Carim and Tim Persons

Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 19-20th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with, and be heard by, the key policy makers.

Tuesday, May 19th SPEAKERS include:

- Steve Maebius, IP Partner & Nanotech Team Member, Foley & Lardner LLP
- Dr. Ybet Villacorta, Intellectual Property Department Chair, Washington DC Office, Foley & Lardner LLP
- Doyle Edwards, Director, Government Programs, Brewer Science
- Chuck Van Fleet, President, Swan Chemical
- Scott Rickert, Chairman & CEO, PEN Inc. PENC
- David Arthur, CEO, SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT)
- Max Atanasov, CEO, OCSiAl LLC
- Scott Livingston, Chairman & CEO, Livingston Securities LLC
- Dr. Michael A. Meador, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)
- Anil R. Diwan, Ph.D., President & Chairman, NanoViricides, Inc. NNVC
- Jim Phillips, Chairman/CEO, NanoMech
- John Bender, Chief Operating Officer, agencyIP
- Craig Bandes, CEO, Pixelligent Technologies, LLC
- Carleton Hsia, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO, NanoBlood LLC
- Mark Shaw, CEO, Ultratech, Inc.
- Ronald Durando, Chariman, President & CEO, mPhase Technologies, Inc. XDSL

On the second day of our event, Wednesday, May 20th, we will be meeting with representatives from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP).  There will be a panel discussion, hosted by Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director, Nanotechnology, Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) – Executive Office of the President, with members of our Nanotechnology Community and OSTP.

Prior to the OTSP meeting, we will convene at the office of Bergeson & Campbell PC for coffee and networking.

Bergeson & Campbell PC
2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Suite 100W
Washington, DC 20037

Wednesday, May 20th SPEAKERS include:

- Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell PC
- Doug Jamison, Chairman of the Board, CEO & Managing Director, Harris & Harris Group, Inc TINY
- Matthew Putman, Ph.D., CEO, Nanotronics Imaging
- Jess Jankowski, President & CEO, Nanophase Technologies Corp. NANX
- Glenn Kerner, Chair of the Nanotechnology Practice, Goodwin Procter LLP
- Nilda Isidro, Partner, Food & Beverage & Products Liability Practices, Goodwin Procter LLP
- Philip H. Lippel, Ph.D., Assistant Director,  MIT Washington Office
- Sam Brauer, Ph.D., Principal, Nanobiz LLC
- Jeffrey Morse, Ph.D., Managing Director, National Nanomanufacturing Network
- Manish Mehta, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Projects & Sustainability, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)

HOTEL
Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC/Downtown
500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
888 236 2427
$299 per night (When Congress is in session, it is very expensive in Washington, DC with limited hotel availability)
When making reservations please refer to the room block name:
Nano Conference

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-402-7200 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on May 19-20th in Washington, DC.

Regards,

 

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

Final Agenda – Water 2.0 Conference 4/22 Washington DC

Posted on May 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) would like to announce our Final Agenda for the Water 2.0 Conference on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day) in Washington, DC.

WaterCitizen.Com has partnered with WIAF to bring you REMOTE PARTICIPATION in the conference.  For the first time, WIAF is proud to offer the opportunity to attend the conference as a remote participant. Much more than just a “webcast” or “webinar,” WaterCitizen.Com’s Remote Participation combines new communications technology with new facilitation techniques to enable online attendees to participate in the discussions and networking throughout the event!

Click Here for Remote Participant Registration:
http://watercitizen.com/water20dc2015

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REGISTER TODAY
$250

Water 2.0 Conference
Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
GE’s Offices
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 900 (9th floor)
Washington, DC 20004

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 Conference will focus on the social/economic benefit of digitally enabled water solutions. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

SPEAKERS at our Water 2.0 Conference include:

8:45-9:00
- Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, WIAF & Water 2.0 Conference Chair
- Colin Enssle
, Senior Manager, Global Governmental Affairs & Product Marketing, GE Power & Water

9:00-9:30  Robert J. Gates, P.E., Global Marketing Director Manufacturing, GE Intelligent Platforms

9:30-10:00 Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water

10:00-10:30 Ralph E. Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, Business Program Manager, ECLP, Water & Process Technologies, GE Power & Water

10:30-11:00 Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

11:00-11:30 Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

11:30-12:00 Katherine Alfredo, Ph.D., Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Water Center, Columbia University

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:00 Rodney E. Slater, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

1:00-1:30 Chris Peacock, Director Strategic Accounts, FATHOM

1:30-2:00 Brad Schroeder, District Manager, Layne Christensen Company

2:00-2:30
- Ed Hackney, Technical Director, Revenue Management, United Water
- Mark McKoy, Senior Director Corporate Revenue Management & NJ Customer Operations, United Water

2:30-2:45 Kathy Shandling, Executive Director, International Private Water Association (IPWA)

2:45-3:15  The Honorable Kelly H. Carnes, President & Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21

3:15-3:45 Roger Wagner, Senior Advisor, P80 Group

3:45-4:15 Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

4:15-4:30 Cat Shrier, Ph.D., P.G., CEO/Publisher, WaterCitizen.Com

4:30-4:45 Jim Hurd, Director, GreenScience Exchange

4:45-5:45  Post-Conference Networking

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WATER NEWS

Brown orders California’s first mandatory water restrictions: ‘It’s a different world’
LA Times

Water Week 2015 – April 12-18 Washington DC
Water Technology

What If Your Water Becomes $5 a Gallon?
By Jeff Martin

Why Clean Water Is So Hard
By Victor W. Hwang

EPA launches Safe Drinking Water Act dashboard
Water Technology

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd in Washington, DC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

WIAF Recommends: FROGMEN – Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Posted on April 10th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation would like to recommend:

FROGMEN
Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso
By Richard E. Hyman

Frogmen-cvr-w-borderRichard Hyman is a professional SCUBA diver, photographer, navigator and a certified aquanaut.

He wrote and self-published the book FROGMEN, his personal account of diving with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard the famed research vessel Calypso in locations including Canada, Mexico, Belize and Martinique.  Richard also dove on the Civil War’s USS Monitor shipwreck 230 feet deep off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.

FROGMEN is an inspiring true adventure written in the voice of a young man who pays homage to Cousteau, one of the great explorers and visionaries of all time and who was passionate about he called the water planet.

Cousteau’s alliance with NASA afforded Richard the opportunity to work at NASA Headquarters in Washington, where Richard interned for Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9’s lunar module pilot and backup commander of the first Skylab mission. Their focus was commercial applications of Landsat’s space-based remote sensing data, which included hydrology, oceanography and marine resources.

Richard's career has been in business, spanning both corporate and entrepreneurial, primarily in telecommunicatons and technology. He led 
worldwide sales for GE Capital’s former satellite communications company and was a private equity investment professional for GE Equity. 
Richard co-founded a venture that combined Siemens sensors and probes with terrestrial wireless to monitor recreational water quality. 

Richard is passionate about water; from both the commercial as well as the environmental perspective.

Mobile: (347) 404-0783, Office (203) 557-4794
richardehyman@gmail.com
www.richardehyman.com

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Water 2.0 Conference
Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
GE’s Offices
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 900 (9th floor)
Washington, DC 20004

Richard Hyman will be speaking at our Water 2.0 Conference from 4:15-4:45pm.  Register today to receive a complimentary copy of FROGMEN.  The book will be available at the registration desk for pick-up.

REGISTER TODAY $250

See our AGENDA  to learn more about the dynamic speakers in our Water 2.0 Conference lineup.

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 Conference will focus on the social/economic benefit of digitally enabled water solutions. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

Looking forward to seeing you in DC on April 22nd.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org