NanoBCA Recommends – NSEE Materials Exhibition 12/11 Arlington, VA

Posted on November 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) recommends:

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE) Materials Exhibition
Part of an NSF funded NSEE Workshop
Thursday, December 11, 2014
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Free Event at the Westin Arlington Gateway
Fitzgerald Ballroom A
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

NSE Provides Important New Perspectives to Education
It is important to introduce nanoscale science and engineering (NSE) into current teaching practice at all levels. For the past two decades people have been working on ways to do just that. After years of shaping nanoscale education resources into useful materials, they are ready for larger audiences.

At the nanoscale materials behave differently. This is why water roles off of lotus leaves and geckos can walk on the ceiling. Looking at these differences brings fresh insights that fit nicely into standards-based teaching.  Studying the nanoscale brings together biology, chemistry, physics and engineering into a truly multidisciplinary adventure.

- See proven nanoscale education resources from around the world

- Talk with over 25 different developers (including NanoSchoolBox-Europe, NanoDays-NISENet, NanoHub-Purdue)

- Learn where to find these incredible resources

- Explore ways you can use them

Nanotech Is Enabling Solutions to Societal Challenges
Understanding the different ways materials behave at the nanoscale will lead to new solutions to societal problems. NSE is being used to upgrade information technologies; create new medical diagnostics and therapeutics; and build affordable, renewable energy sources.  Further, we need an informed public in order to address concerns about nanostructures’ environmental, safety and health impacts.

For more information on what you will experience visit www.usc.edu/esvp and enter password NSEE.

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE

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NANO NEWS

Dr. Michael A. Meador Named New Director for National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)

NanoViricides, Inc.
Testing to Begin on Ebola Drug Developed by a Connecticut Company

mPower Market Expands Across 40 States in the U.S.
Jumpstarter Product Line Sees Growth in Retail Locations

University of Michigan Opens New $46m Nanomechanical Engineering Labs

Nano Network Manufacturing Event Draws CNM and UNM Students

Martin Perl, Nobel-Winning Physicist, Dies at 87

Manufacturers Back Road Tax Changes
The Wall Street Journal

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Vancouver’s Fortress Paper Sells Part of Bank Note Unit
Nanotech Security Pays $17.5m for Plant that Makes Security Film for Bank Notes

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NanoInformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications
January 26-28th
Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

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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, November 20th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you at nanotechnology events this fall.

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

Water 2.0-Industrial Internet Conference – Mon 11/3 GE Aviation Centre Cincinnati OH

Posted on October 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Today we would like to announce the final agenda for our Water 2.0-Industrial Internet Conference.  The Conference is located at the GE Aviation Centre, 1 Neumann Way, Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, November 3rd.

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Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 – Industrial Internet 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.

REGISTER TODAY

VENUE
GE Aviation Centre
1 Neumann Way
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Here is our Agenda featuring water industry professionals.

8:25-8:30  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Conference Chair

8:30-9:00  Keynote
Water 2.0 and the Industrial Internet
Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director-Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms

9:00-10:00  Confluence – The Water Technology Innovation Cluster of OH, KY & IN Presents Regional Water Technologies
Moderator: Melinda Kruyer, Executive Director, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster
Jim Uber, CEO, CitiLogics
John Young, CEO, Green Forward Technologies
John Brooks, CFO, Searen

10:00-10:30  Facing the challenge of water distribution in a changing world
John Leeuwenburg, Global Product Manager, Realworld Systems

10:30-11:00  Getting your water utilities ready for the Water 2.0
Biju George, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

11:00-11:30  John Barelli, President, WaterSurplus

11:30-Noon  Update on Water Technology Innovation Clusters and Key EPA Issues
Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00-2:00  Keynote
Environmental Protection:  History, Chemical & Treatment Innovation
Scott Dyer, PhD, Principal Scientist, The Procter & Gamble Company

2:00-2:30  Innovation in Digital Communication, Education & Community-Building
Cat Shrier, Ph.D., P.G., CEO & Publisher, WaterCitizen.Com

2:30-3:00  Maximizing Your Investment in Energy Efficiency
Maryanne McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

3:00-3:30  Ken Russell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute – Wichita State University

3:30-4:00  Jill Burdette, Water Vertical Sales Leader, GE Intelligent Platforms

4:00-4:30  Activated Ceramics
Dan Page, CEO, Max Flow Media

4:30-4:45  The State of America’s Water Infrastructure 2014
Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0 Conference Chair

4:45  Closing Remarks

4:45-6:00  Tour of GE Aviation Centre & Post-Conference Networking

I am looking forward to seeing you at the GE Aviation Centre in Cincinnati!

Regards,

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

NanoBCA Interview with Allen Gelwick, Executive VP, Lockton Companies

Posted on September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

The NanoBCA would like to share with you an interview that was conducted on August 27, 2014 with Allen Gelwick, Executive VP of Lockton Companies.  Mr. Gelwick is one of America’s leading insurance experts and has been an active participant in the nano community for over a decade.

NanoBCA:
Historically, how has the insurance sector dealt with nanotechnology?

Mr. Gelwick:
The insurance industry thus far has essentially dealt with nanotechnology by taking a “wait and see” approach.  This is not unusual as the nature of insurance is to look retrospectively at events to determine how to set policies and rates.  The challenge here is that nanotechnology is an emerging technology with little or no history.  Thus, insurers cannot use the past to accurately predict future events.  A basic tenant of the insurance sector is to rely on accurate predictive capabilities, which simply do yet not exist for nanotechnology. 

NanoBCA:
Are there any steps that the insurance sector can take while waiting for data?

Mr. Gelwick:
Without the benefit of adequate historical data, the insurance sector has done its best to try to develop an understanding of risks associated with nanotechnology.  To that end, risk control experts and actuaries from the major insurance carriers have engaged in nanotech specific conferences and meetings for over a decade with the intention to better understand risks associated with this emerging technology.  They have also looked to government agencies for guidance. 

NanoBCA:
Why can’t an insurer just make an educated guess and then revise rates as the data become available?

Mr. Gelwick:
Actuarial science is the discipline used by insurance companies to establish pricing.  It’s a data driven discipline that does not lend itself to the flexibility you suggest.  However, there are some actuaries who believe that emerging risk can and should be quantified.  This creates somewhat of double-edge sword for insurers which could result in increases in reserves by the insurer, adversely impacting the insurers ability to remain competitive, in order to cover the risk.

NanoBCA:
If my nanotech company today has a standard policy, am I not already covered to some extent regarding risks arising from nanotechnology? 

Mr. Gelwick:
There has been growing discussion in the insurance sector regarding the potential coverage implications due to specific existing coverages such as Products Liability, Workers Compensation, Health, Professional liability and Environmental liability. While there is not a specific “nanotechnology” exclusion written into the policy, Products, Liabilities, and Professional Liability (D&O, Medical Malpractice, EPO, etc) should raise a serious concern to the insurers as well as the company and their investors. Health coverages are likely to assume a majority of the emerging health risks.  The good news is our health plans and workers compensation policies should continue to respond.

Some of the insurance industry articles have discussed products recall as an exposure, but this exposure is not generally covered by insurance and instead remains a specialty coverage.  Perhaps most surprising is that neither health insurers nor state-funded Workers Compensation carriers have become vocal yet on the implications of this emerging technology.  Those two will likely have the greatest share of liability.

NanoBCA:
Risks that are akin to those contemplated with a nanomaterial have been around for a long time, say for instance in the chemicals sector.  Are there not established mechanisms in the insurance sector to deal with such risks?

Mr. Gelwick:
This is a good segue into why coverage should be reviewed.  Unlike most professional liability and environmental policies that generally incorporate a “claims-made” coverage trigger, most U.S. products liability policies currently use an “occurrence” coverage trigger. We are now getting into some nuances that I am happy to discuss with anyone who is interested to dig deeper on this topic.  Suffice it to say that there are significant pricing and potential liability dollar amounts that result from the type of coverage trigger.  I will be covering this topic in more detail in some upcoming publications.  

NanoBCA:
One last question on this topic:  you mentioned “U.S.” policies; are European policies different? 

Mr. Gelwick:
To some extent, yes.  “Claims-made” coverage for products and completed operations is common in Europe, but not in the U.S.

NanoBCA:
What, if anything, is being reported in the insurance sector literature on the topic of nanotechnology?

Mr. Gelwick:
Articles on the topic of nanotechnology risk generally convey that a steep learning curve is underway and that the regulatory framework, which will govern nanotechnology, is still a work in progress.  There are excellent high level and introductory articles offering views on this promising technology that, to date, come mostly from global insurers such as Allianz, ACE, Chubb, Gen Re, Lloyds, Swiss Re, and Zurich etc. However, very few of these publications have yet to discuss potential coverage issues.

NanoBCA:
Does a nano-specific policy exist yet in the marketplace?

Mr. Gelwick:
AIG’s licensed non-admitted carrier, Lexington Insurance, is the first carrier to offer a nano-specific coverage, known as “LexNano Shield.”  Another surplus lines carrier (a licensed non-admitted carrier in the U.S. – meaning they operate outside of any state guarantee funds and are essentially unregulated as it relates to coverage), James River, is also willing to underwrite and cover some nanotechnology related risks.  Aspen currently incorporates nanotechnology questions that if addressed can affirm coverage.  And finally, Zurich developed its “ZNEPtm” protocol to underwrite nanotechnology exposures.  

NanoBCA:
Sounds like progress is being made to address some of the concerns you mentioned above? 

Mr. Gelwick:
Yes, but as an aside, Lexington continues to advise companies in the nano space save the $5,000 or more per year by rolling the dice that there are no nano specific coverage exclusions (and perceive that retaining “Occurrence” coverage will protect them.)  This is a bet, that if wrong, could impair an exit strategy or otherwise adversely impact your investors.  No doubt that entrepreneurs will take risks.  And, when it works out, we tend to romanticize this behavior.  When it does not work out, however, investors and the public are at risk.  A difference between Europe and the U.S. is that regulations are already being implemented in Europe and the public demands that risks are assessed before products are introduced to the marketplace.  Regulations in the U.S. are inevitably coming, but as stated previously, the sector is largely unregulated currently and insurers are in a reactive mode rather than a proactive mode.

NanoBCA:
Do insurers use “nanotechnology” as a classification for coverage analysis, or do they look at more distinct categorization?

Mr. Gelwick:
The insurance industry, like regulators and scientists, continue to argue over the definition of nanotechnology. 

While this discussion focuses on nanotechnology, we should note that chemicals also remain largely uncharacterized.  Insurers therefore usually require a “Claims-made” coverage trigger to address their inability to assess the risks of long-term exposures to certain chemicals.  From an underwriting standpoint, and with a lack of an adequate regulatory framework, insurers are applying protocols often adapted from the chemical, medical and environmental exposures to underwrite emerging technologies. 

An example of how underwriters can underwrite in the absence of specific classifications is Zurich’s “ZNEPtm”.

NanoBCA:
What specific questions about nanomaterials are insurers most concerned about?

Mr. Gelwick:
Every article that I have seen suggests that toxicological assessments of nanomaterials are broadly needed.  And although a tremendous amount of funding has been expended to develop nanomaterials, the smallest portion of that funding has been assigned to understanding risk. 

For instance, we find that very few nanomaterials have been characterized for EHS purposes.  Further, a smaller percentage of those have been independently evaluated by toxicologists for impacts on workers, consumers and the environment.  Without such evaluation, I believe there exists a false sense of security for us all. 

NanoBCA:
Can you sum this up for us more in layman’s terms?

Mr. Gelwick:
Keep in mind that insurance is simply a method to finance business risk.  Insurance carriers and risk practices use risk identification as a necessary first step, then they measure the risks identified, as best they can, to determine the cost of risk transfer through insurance.  Any business should use a similar process to decide whether to transfer the risk to a qualified insurer, or alternatively to retain the risk.

NanoBCA:
So, it sounds like you are saying that many companies do not do this? 

Mr. Gelwick:
Well, we can start by acknowledging that less than 100 nanomaterials have been characterized, yet there are in active development.

Universities, where a majority of the research is conducted, have proven to be very reluctant to allow independent safety assessments of their nanomaterial laboratory activities.  Small companies tend to not have the funds necessary to properly assess nanosafety, or at least they perceive the cost as too expensive.  And, larger companies, like Johnson & Johnson, tend to be self-insured and may or may not have an understanding of the risks including risks to supply chains upon which they rely.

NanoBCA:
As you mentioned previously though, insurance policies do, to some extent, currently cover risks associated with nanotechnologies?

Mr. Gelwick:
Generally, the structure of the policies relevant here are classified as “occurrence” policies which means that if you have a policy for year 2014, then any claim in future years (say, in 2018) that points to an event in 2014, will be covered by the terms of the policy as it existed in 2014.  (Note:  every state has different laws in this regard which creates a level of complexity).  So, for illustration sake, if an “occurrence” policy does not exclude nano, then in many states, plaintiffs’ attorneys would be able to sue for every single year, under a separate policy for each year, that a suspect material was produced.  This creates a scenario where multiple claims are possible.  That is why the “occurrence” coverage trigger vs. the “claims made” coverage trigger presents such significantly different financial consequences.

NanoBCA:
So, is this scenario bad for the insured, or the insurer, or both?

Mr. Gelwick:
Any ambiguity usually works to the benefit of the insured.  Thus, it is commonly believed that this is ultimately a problem for the insurer.  However, the reality is that this scenario will likely hurt the insured more because the company may end up in a situation, post claim, that it can not find an insurer that will provide coverage at an acceptable cost moving forward from any claims which, as mentioned above, could also impact exit strategies for investors.  As claims increase, insurers will predictably evolve to either limiting coverage or creating exclusions. 

NanoBCA:
You make a good point.  But, what “claims” are out there currently? 

Mr. Gelwick:
Of current significance is the recent hip replacement claims against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries.  These claims account for over $4 billion in offered settlements by Johnson & Johnson.  You can bet that plaintiff attorneys are considering this as a template for future litigation on other products. 

NanoBCA:
Aren’t the insurers incentivized to figure out a way to create a market to sell nano specific policies, and to control risks associated therewith?

Mr. Gelwick:
Yes, and they are working on it.  For starters, the reinsurance sector will likely begin inserting and requiring answers to nanomaterial specific questions to assist with the underwriting process.  This will force the applicant to answer difficult risk questions associated with nanomaterials.  Since nanomaterials are rarely disclosed, yet are commonly incorporated into products, it is currently almost impossible for insureds to answer these questions completely.   Failure to do so, however, will likely create coverage gaps, particularly as it relates to supply chain risk.  This process will, in some instances, evolve to create insurance exclusions.  However, where enough understanding and data is available, buy-back policies or endorsements will likely become available.

NanoBCA:
Is there a precedent for this seemingly awkward point in time that we are in with regard to nanotech and insurance? 

Mr. Gelwick:
Most would cite asbestos and the evolution of pollution exclusions, but this in my view this is too narrow a focus and assumes the worst when it is more likely that only a limited percentage of nanotechnology will equate to this level of risk.  In fact, nanotechnology will likely help reduce risks in the future, as evidenced by nano enabled products that can clean-up pollution.

However, I agree with some observers who believe that we are in unchartered territory as the number of new and innovative chemicals, not to even mention nanomaterials,that have recently been introduced into commerce is growing at a steep exponential rate.  Risks are not yet known as to most of these.

Michael Depledge, the former Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Government’s Environment Agency, gave a presentation on point this June in London at the Royal Institute for EMTECH, an emerging fund being created to invest in emerging technologies.  He offered two slides that from an insurance standpoint help us consider emerging risk from a historical standpoint.  Those slides illustrated that the lag time from the introduction of any new technology to the adequate recognition and understanding of associated risks is generally about 10 years.  The number of new chemicals and materials has experienced truly “off-the-charts” exponential growth in the 21st Century.  What the future holds in terms of risk is literally growing faster than we can possibly fathom.

NanoBCA:
So, how do you manage this increase of unknown risks?

Mr. Gelwick:
Insurance companies will simply have to increase the size of their reserve funds to offset incurred and unknown risks on these new materials because they may likely have to pay claims on them down the line.    

NanoBCA:
Any other observations to share regarding the future of nanotechnology risk insurance?

Mr. Gelwick:
People often ask me if insurers will simply exclude nanotechnology. Nanotechnologies have been in the stream of commerce now for over ten years and, to date, only one insurance company that we know of has put an exclusion on nanotechnology.  But things are changing rapidly.  Most insurance companies are starting to consider nanotechnology through their underwriting groups already supporting high hazard classes of business such as chemical companies or environmental exposures.  The analysis of insuring consumable products will follow except to the extent the exposures are covered by regulatory agencies such as the FDA.  Ultimately, nanotechnology will be incorporated into all realms of insurance risk assessment and coverage.

NanoBCA:
What do you see as the toughest questions emerging in the arena of nanotechnology risk and liability?

Mr. Gelwick:
How do you exclude something from a policy if even the applicant doesn’t know that the risk exists?  There are many risks that we just simply do not know yet.  How does that play out in court?  Can those risks legally be excluded?  Probably not, but these things will play out in court.  And that will take some time.

NanoBCA:
So, what conclusions, if any, can we make about the future course of insurance for nano?

Mr. Gelwick:
I would conclude that there will continue to be a lot of confusion in the future, at least the near future – 5 to 10 years.  It seems logical to me that insurers might shift Products, Liability from the “occurrence coverage” model to a “claims made coverage” model as discussed earlier.  The advantage of the “claims made” model is to limit the cost of distracting and expensive litigation.  This model really appears to be best suited for an emerging technology with unknown risks, such as nanotechnology.  Insurers will need to broaden tail coverage to be able to offer reasonable pre-agreed pricing for tail coverage and to structure these policies to reflect the different statute of repose for different states providing confidence to the insured.  This enables a more sustainable economic model for all stakeholders.  

NanoBCA:
What role will the pending hip replacement class action products liability lawsuits have on the insurance sector?

Mr. Gelwick:
Frankly, I see the hip replacement litigation serving as a roadmap for more claims from the plaintiffs’ bar.  They will not only look prospectively at new products and new claims, but will also look retrospectively at the possibility of adding nanotech specific claims to products produced over the past ten or so years.  Each day that we as a nanotech business community fail to address issues we have discussed today, simply benefits those who make their livings from litigation.

NanoBCA:
Do you attach any historical significance to this hip replacement litigation?

Mr. Gelwick:
Yes, I think we are indeed at a watershed moment.  Previously there have not been any claims against insurance policies, or allegations contained in lawsuits, that specifically cite “nano” anything.  This hip replacement litigation, which is resulting in settlements in the billions of dollars, is the first to identify “nano” as a specific allegation of causation.  Note that only the surface of the hip incorporated nanotechnology, yet it appears to be the proximate cause of loss.  This is significant because it serves to educate the plaintiffs’ bar that nanomaterials exist and may be a component of causation, and thus liability, of other products in the future (and the past).  Also, given what we know about the huge volume of products in the flow of commerce that include nanomaterials, it is reasonable to assume that this hip replacement litigation is the first of many to come that will implicate nanomaterials.

NanoBCA:
This is all very enlightening and confusing at the same time.  As you say, confusion is likely to reign for a while longer.  With that in mind, should nanomaterials companies seek insurance coverage today?  And, how would they get it?

Mr. Gelwick:
Yes, nanomaterials companies should absolutely seek coverage.  If anything, the hip replacement litigation shows us that liability is very real and that it can be extremely expensive to find yourself as a defendant in a products liability and recall action without coverage to the point that it could easily destroy companies that do not have a good risk strategy plan in place.  I hope and suspect that the nanomaterial producer, or producers, for Johnson & Johnson had a contract(s) holding them harmless, or their business(es) could be in jeopardy.  So, use of contracts to mitigate its risks become critical.

We also now know that taking the approach of “putting your head in the sand” to feign ignorance will be no match in a court of law against the reasonableness standard of independently assessing safety.  From an insurance standpoint this will trigger a common coverage exclusion “expected or intended” creating grounds for an insurance carrier to deny coverage.

A more prudent approach, in my estimation, would be for companies to pursue “Claims-made” coverage, broadened from traditional offerings as we discussed, to affirm there is coverage for nanomaterials that are known and to include those materials the insured can be reasonably held to have known contained nanomaterials.  And, companies should make efforts to fully understand, to the extent possible, the nano risks associated with their business and products.  This would include toxicological analysis and data regarding risks to their workers, consumers, and the environment.  Ultimately this understanding and data will be very useful because insurers (as well as current shareholders and future investors) are going to demand answers to these questions.  Moreover, EPA requires this data for approval of manufacturing and sales of nanomaterials in the U.S.

Larger companies that utilize nanomaterials from third parties are also at risk.  They are likely not aware of whether a supply chain risk exists that may seriously disrupt their production schedules.  These large companies may want to consider purchasing aggregate stops on their large retention cash flow programs. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization Workshop
Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology:
Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment
September 11-12, 2014
Room 375, Stafford I, National Science Foundation

Graphene World Summit
September 15-16, 2014
The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Berkeley, CA

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

SEMICON Europa 2014
October 7-9, 2014
Grenoble, France

GE 2014 User Summit
Making the Industrial Internet Real
October 27-30, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

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I would like to thank Mr. Gelwick for his insight in regard to the insurance industry as it relates to nanotechnology.  I hope you have enjoyed Mr. Gelwick’s interview as much as I have.

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

Have a Happy Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the Water!

Posted on August 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

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WIAF Water News – Water 2.0 Conference 11/3 Cincinnati

Posted on August 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

A mild summer in the east continues – great weather for water activities.  However, the water main breaks in America are happening weekly . . .

WATER NEWS

That’s the Breaks: What Happens When Water Infrastructure is Stuck in the Past
Jill Burdette
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

‘Severe’ Drought Covers Nearly 99.8% of California, Report Says
Los Angeles Times

The Top 12 Water Technology Hotspots in America
Water Online

Water War: Dry in Detroit
Vice News

The “Major Prize” of Measurement
Alan Hinchman
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

Technology Deep Dive: Quick Connection
Treatment Plant Operator Magazine

Toledo Leaders See Big Battles on Many Fronts in Water Crisis
The Toledo Blade

States Missing Opportunities to Improve Water System Infrastructure
Water/Waste Processing

Bottled-Up Drama: How One Rogue Water Bottle Made a Big Splash
Jill Burdette
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

Why the California Drought is a National Issue
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

UMass Benefits from Governor’s Environmental Bill
Mass Live

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Water 2.0-Industrial Internet Conference & Energy Efficiency Workshop
Monday, November 3, 2014
GE Aviation Centre
Cincinnati, OH

REGISTER TODAY – $250

Our conference program is continuing to take shape:

8:30-9:00  Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director-Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms

9:00-10:00  The Water Technology Innovation Cluster of OH, KY & IN Presents Regional Water Technologies
Moderator: Melinda Kruyer
, Executive Director, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster

10:00-10:30  John Leeuwenburg, Global Product Manager, Realworld Systems

10:30-11:00  Biju George, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

11:00-11:30  John Barelli, President, WaterSurplus

11:30-Noon  Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00  Energy Efficiency Workshop begins

1:00-2:00  Tour – To be announced

2:00-3:00  Energy Efficiency Case Study – Speaker(s) to be announced

3:00-3:15  Break

3:15-5:00  Tools and Resources for Industrial Energy Efficiency Followed by Q&A with Presenters Moderator: Phil Davis, Senior Manager, Demand Response/Efficiency Resource Center, Schneider Electric
Panelists: Joe Harrell, Assistant Vice President Utilities, University of Cincinnati
Additional panelists to be announced

5:00-6:30  Post-conference networking

6:30  Conference concludes

HOTEL

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Group rate $139 per night (includes unlimited wireless internet)

Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre
6189 Muhlhauser Road
West Chester, OH 45069
513-874-7335

The Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre is located in West Chester, Ohio on I-75 North at exit 19. We are 2 exits north of the GE Aviation Learning Center and the GE Aviation World Headquarters.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

GE Intelligent Platforms Webinar – Pump Station Appliance Learning Session
REGISTER TODAY
Friday, August 29, 2014
11:AM ET
Duration 1 hour

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
October 27-30th, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

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Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Looking forward to seeing you in Cincinnati.

Regards,

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

Water 2.0-Industrial Internet Conference & Energy Efficiency Workshop 11/3 Cincinnati

Posted on August 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment »

We are excited to announce our Water 2.0-Industrial Internet Conference & Energy Efficiency Workshop being held on Monday, November 3rd at the GE Aviation Centre in Cincinnati, OH.

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REGISTER TODAY – $250

Our conference program is taking shape:

8:30-9:00  Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director-Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms

9:00-10:00  The Water Technology Innovation Cluster of OH, KY & IN Presents Regional Water Technologies
Moderator: Melinda Kruyer
, Executive Director, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster

10:00-10:30  John Leeuwenburg, Global Product Manager, Realworld Systems

10:30-11:00  Biju George, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

11:00-11:30  John Barelli, President, WaterSurplus

11:30-Noon  Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

Noon-1:00  Lunch

1:00  Energy Efficiency Workshop begins

1:00-2:00  Tour – To be announced

2:00-3:00  Energy Efficiency Case Study – Speaker(s) to be announced

3:00-3:15  Break

3:15-5:00  Tools and Resources for Industrial Energy Efficiency Followed by Q&A with Presenters – Speakers to be announced

5:00-6:30  Post-conference networking

HOTEL

MAKE A RESERVATION
https://aws.passkey.com/event/11780138/owner/6687/home

Group rate $139 per night (includes unlimited wireless internet)

Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre
6189 Muhlhauser Road
West Chester, OH 45069
513-874-7335

The Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre is located in West Chester, Ohio on I-75 North at exit 19. We are 2 exits north of the GE Aviation Learning Center and the GE Aviation World Headquarters.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
October 27-30th, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

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WATER NEWS

Previously, in my last column for Our Water Counts – Water-Wise, I stated that American water infrastructure repair is a national problem, not a regional issue.  Unfortunately, 500,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio had to suffer through their own water infrastructure problem.

The Threats to Our Drinking Water
The New York Times

Ohio Regulators Aim to Help Water Problem with Fertilizer Licenses
The Wall Street Journal

Tainted Ohio Water Coming Under Increased Scrutiny
Fox News

Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie
The New York Times

Ohio Drinking Water Emergency ‘Not Over Yet’
USA Today

Vancouver Engineers Aim to Serve Safe Water to a Thirsty World
The Vancouver Sun

Solenis is the New Name for Ashland Water Technologies
PR Newswire

GE is Building a Fuel Cell Pilot Development and Manufacturing Plant in Saratoga County
Albany Business Review

Sunset Boulevard Submerged as Burst Water Pipe Sends 30ft Geyser Flying into the Air
London Evening Standard

GE Intelligent Platforms Blog

Pure Water Technology Breaks Guiness World Record
Water Technology Magazine

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Enjoy the rest of the summer and your water-related activities.  Never take for granted America’s water supply. We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati.

Regards,

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

NanoBCA Member, Phillips of NanoMech, Testifies at U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing

Posted on August 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) Member, Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech, Inc., testified at the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on July 29th, 2014.

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), held a hearing on “Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation.” Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is approximately 1 to 100 nanometers (one nanometer is a billionth of a meter). This technology brings great opportunities to advance a broad range of industries, bolster our U.S. economy, and create new manufacturing jobs. Committee Members heard from several nanotech industry leaders about the current state of nanotechnology and the direction in which it is headed.

Mr. Phillips serves as Chairman and CEO of NanoMech, a leading nano-engineering and manufacturing company based in northwest Arkansas, has a portfolio of international award-winning inventions and commercial products, including innovations in machining and advanced manufacturing, lubrication and energy, biomedical implant coatings, and strategic military applications.

Phillips added, “It’s time for America to lead. … We must capitalize immediately on our great University system, our National Labs, and tremendous agencies like the National Science Foundation, to be sure this unique and best-in-class innovation ecosystem, is organized in a way that promotes nanotechnology, tech transfer and commercialization in dramatic and laser focused ways so that we capture the best ideas into patents quickly, that are easily transferred into our capitalistic economy so that our nation’s best ideas and inventions are never left stranded, but instead accelerated to market at the speed of innovation so that we build good jobs and improve the quality of life and security for our citizens faster and better than any other country on our planet.”

I am very excited to have one of our members testify before the U.S. House on nano issues.  As the premier association promoting nano, the NanoBCA is honored to have one of our members chosen to speak in front of this prestigious House Subcommittee.

Chairman Terry:  “Nanotech is a true science race between the nations, and we should be encouraging the transition from research breakthroughs to commercial development.”

A video link to the hearings can be found here:  http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/nanotechnology-understanding-how-small-solutions-drive-big-innovation

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum
Workshop – Scalable Nanomanufacturing: Benchmarks, Standards and Metrics for Fabrication and Integration of 3D Nanostructures
An ASME Event
August 17-20, 2014
Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization Workshop
Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology:
Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment
September 11-12, 2014
Room 375, Stafford I, National Science Foundation

Graphene World Summit
September 15-16, 2014
The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Berkeley, CA

Unveiling & First Public Demonstration of Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS)
A newly-designed, fully automated cluster nanoscale printing system for devices and structures
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Northeastern University – Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Burlington, MA

Lunch and an afternoon symposium on nanoscale printing for devices and structures will follow the unveiling. Invited guests will discuss and hear about the implications, needs and challenges of nanoscale printing, the role of NanoOPS, and future developments to enable greater commercialization of nanotechnology and nano-enabled products.

Click here to RSVP or request more information.

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
Making the Industrial Internet Real
October 27-30, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

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NANO NEWS

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company Enumeral Biomedical Completes Equity Offering and Public Listing

UMass Patch Would Spot Stressed-Out Soldiers
The Boston Globe

U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) Chief Scientist Tours NanoMech’s Factories and Laboratories

Who Determines the Value of Patents?
IEEE Spectrum

Harris & Harris Group Invests in Unique NYC Biotech Accelerator

mPower Technologies Shows 4th Qtr Revenue Growth
Business Wire

NC COIN Welcomes Dr. Sharlini Sankaran, Dr. Steve Greenbaum to Advisory Council
NC Tech News

Nanotech: Shaping the Future of Multiple Industries
Visual Capitalist

Report: Mori Arkin in Talks to Buy Sol-Gel Technologies for $10M
NoCamels News Flash

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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, August 21st at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Once again, we would like to thank Jim Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech, for successfully representing our nano committee at the House Committee Hearing.

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

Americans Need to Treat the California Drought as a National Issue

Posted on July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Vincent Caprio

The headlines out of California this past week indicate we have a real problem.

California drought will only get worse, experts say

80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show

California Drought – Weather Coverage of the Region’s Record-Low Rainfall

Drought Report: California to lose $2.2 Billion, 17,100 jobs

California drought:  Ground water has ‘saved our bacon’

Lost in the headlines of international news is a very serious American domestic issue.  California is in a full blown water crisis.  As the Executive Director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF), I have the opportunity to speak with American professionals daily.  Last week I was on the phone with four financial professionals from the East Coast and Midwest.  Their opening question was, “What is going on in the Water Industry?”  I responded, “There is a very serious drought in California.”   One of the professionals asked, “Is this issue based on real scientific data or is it like the climate change discussion?”  I responded, “Yes, this is based on real scientific data.  There is a drought of crisis proportion in the state of California.”

The chart of California shows us the affected areas and how severe this drought has become.

CA drought map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did California and America get into this situation?  The $600 billion-$1 trillion worldwide Water Industry is a fragmented, decentralized Industry.  In America, it is a regional, parochial Industry.  Water authorities in the East and Midwest do not have the mission, mandate or money to help California.  In America we have a national electric grid but we do not have a national water grid.  We do not have a national water strategy.  Eventually, most Americans will have an access to water problem. During this present water crisis, the national news media has not covered this story. They treat it as if it is a regional story.  I find it very interesting that wealthy celebrities fund international water NGO’s, but are ignoring access to water in their own Los Angeles backyard.

Here is the future of water in America coming to your neighborhood.

July-8-2014-US-Drought-Monitor-Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take the time to discuss the California water drought with your friends and elected officials.  Water access is a national issue not a regional issue.

WIAF Water News – Summer Edition

Posted on July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

The summer is here and Frank Sinatra’s Summer Wind relates to our Water Industry:

The summer wind, came blowin’ in from across the sea
It lingered there, to touch your hair and walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand
Two sweethearts, and the summer wind

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WATER NEWS

Why the California Drought is a National Issue
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

How the Power of Water Can Change the World
Martin Byars
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

A New Look at Urban Water Systems
Ralph Exton
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

EPA Grants $2.1m for Water Quality Projects in Urban Communities
Processing Magazine

Local Governments Disagree on Extended Clean Water Act Regulation
Processing Magazine

What Would Happen If You Drank Water From The Gowanus Canal?
Popular Science

80% of California is Now in Extreme Drought, New Data Show
Los Angeles Times

California’s Drought is the ‘Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen’ and the Effects Will Be Severe
Business Insider

Western U.S. States Using Up Groundwater at an Alarming Rate
Science – AAAS

Drought Report: California to Lose $2.2 Billion, 17,100 Jobs
Breitbart

Nation’s Seventh-Largest Water Utility Adopts InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Innovyze News

Scientists Capture Snapshots of Water Splitting during Photosynthesis
Tech Times

States Partner to Spur Innovation in New Industries
CNBC

Introducing the GE QuickPanel+
The Operator Interface for the Industrial Internet

GE’s Water Business to Acquire UK-Based Monsal; Expands Wastewater Offering and Provides Capabilities to Generate Renewable Energy from Biosolids and Biowaste
The Wall Street Journal

Nearly Half of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill
CBS Detroit

25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources
Zero Hedge

Do You Check Expiration Dates?
GE Intelligent Platforms Blog

Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 and Beyond
Sensors and Devices Draw Ecosystems Together
Forbes

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Water Innovations Alliance Foundation Upcoming Event

REGISTER TODAY – $250

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Watts Water Technologies Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call – Live Webcast
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9:AM ET

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program is announcing two listening session webinars as part of an effort to redesign the current DfE Label. The listening sessions are geared toward stakeholders and the opening of an online forum to provide input on possible label design concepts. The listening sessions are part of a multi-step process to gather partner, stakeholder and public input on the designs. This feedback will help guide the selection of a new DfE label that better communicates that products meeting EPA’s Standard for Safer Products are safer for human health and the environment.

Learn more about the DfE Safer Product Label Redesign effort at: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/label/index.htm

Register for webinars no later than 11:59 p.m., EDT, on Friday, August 1, 2014.

The webinars will be held on:

Monday, August 4, 2014
1:00-2:00pm ET
Register https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/669340361

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
1:00-2:00pm ET
Register https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/290169128

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Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

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GE 2014 User Summit
October 27-30th, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

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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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Enjoy your summer reading.  See you in the fall.

Regards,

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

NanoBCA News – Mid-Summer Edition

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Our nanotechnology community continues to be a driver in America’s economy and produce commercialization breakthroughs.  I hope you have a chance to read through the majority of these articles.

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NANO COMMERCIALIZATION NEWS

OCSiAl Unprecedented Deal for Sale of 100kg of SWCNT with ACN of Korea

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company D-Wave Systems Closes $28.4 Million Financing

IBM: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

Harris & Harris Group Invests in UberSeq, Inc.

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Xanofi Launches “Reshaping” 3D Cell Scaffold – XanoMatrix ™

Flextronics Expands Open Innovation Platform with HzO Technology for Liquid and Corrosion Protection

NY Invests $135M in Nanotechnology Initiative with GE, Other Companies
Daily News

FY 2014: Ben Franklin Approved $6.6 Million in 37 Companies

10 Surprising Ways Nanotechnology is Climbing into Your Life

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NANO GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The National Nanotechnology Initiative Releases Progress Review on Environmental, Health & Safety Research

Federal Register Vol. 79 No. 99 Thursday, May 22, 2014Part IV Office of Management and Budget

FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NanoViricides, Inc. Grand Opening Ceremony
Monday, July 21, 2014
Noon-3:PM
1 Controls Drive, Shelton, CT 06484
NanoViricides, Inc. has built Connecticut’s first and only nanomedicines product manufacturing facility in Shelton, CT.  To join them at the opening ceremony please RSVP at the following link http://www.nanoviricides.com/invitation.php

I will be speaking at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum on Sunday, August 17th:
Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum
Workshop – Scalable Nanomanufacturing: Benchmarks, Standards and Metrics for Fabrication and Integration of 3D Nanostructures
An ASME Event
August 17-20, 2014
Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization Workshop
Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology:
Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment
September 11-12, 2014
Room 375, Stafford I, National Science Foundation

Graphene World Summit
September 15-16, 2014
The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Berkeley, CA

Manufacturing Day
Friday, October 3, 2014

GE 2014 User Summit
Making the Industrial Internet Real
October 27-30, 2014
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

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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 31st at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Enjoy the summer!  I am looking forward to seeing you this fall.

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