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10/21/2005 7:33:48 PM
Nanotechnology Conference to Focus on Environmental, Commercial and Public Policy Issues

Over 90 panelists and speakers will gather to discuss nanotechnology research, commercial applications, environmental issues and policy concerns at the 13th Foresight Conference Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge, to be held October 22-27, 2005 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. Newcomers and veteran nanotechnology trackers will hear how nanotechnology can help solve some of the most critical challenges facing humankind. The conference is open to the general public.

"We have organized a conference that covers crucial topics in nanotechnology including how it can be use for the betterment of all humanity, how research will migrate from laboratory to commercial use, and how our society's institutions and laws need to prepare," said Scott Mize, President of Foresight Nanotech Institute. "We have assembled world-class speakers who will offer suggestions and ideas on what to expect from this powerful technology."

"Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge" is organized into three stand-alone, complementary sessions -- Vision, Applications & Policy, and Research -- featuring renowned speakers discussing key advances, funding and applications, and debating the controversial issues surrounding this new Industrial Revolution.

The Vision Weekend provides a rare opportunity to hear speakers including: Peter Diamandis, X Prize Foundation; Congressman Mike Honda; Aubrey de Grey of University, Cambridge; Eric Drexler, Nanorex; Ron Bailey, Reason Magazine; and Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, discuss the future of nanotechnology candidly and off-the-record. Scheduled for October 22-23, 2005, these sessions also feature a debate, "NanoBio in Humans: Are we ready to cross the Carbon Barrier?" between Ron Bailey, Science Correspondent, Reason Magazine, and Alan Goldstein, Biomedical Materials Engineering, Alfred University.

The Applications & Policy sessions focus on the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, and will examine the commercial breakthroughs and public policy actions that are driving nanotechnology solutions to these challenges facing humanity. Speakers include George Atkinson, U.S. Department of State; Scott Hubbard, NASA Ames Research Center; Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network; Peter Singer, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics; David Bishop, Lucent; Jim Von Ehr, Zyvex; and Adam Werbach, Conservationist and former President, Sierra Club. Scheduled for October 24-25, 2005, this segment also features presentations and panels on nanotechnology applications for clean energy, clean water, human health, agriculture, information technology, and space development.

The Research sessions are a forum for researchers from all disciplines to present and discuss important recent work and results. The research days include technical talks from: Steve Mayo, Caltech and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Z.L.Wang, Georgia Tech; Roy Bar-Ziv, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel); William Goddard, Caltech; Alex Zettl, UC Berkeley; and Hiroshi Yokayama, AIST (Japan). Scheduled for October 26 and October 27, 2005, these sessions also include a presentation on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a joint initiative between Foresight Nanotech Institute, Battelle and The Waitt Family Foundation.

Attendees can customize this "a la carte" conference experience by choosing the days and sessions that provide the nanotechnology information and contacts they are seeking. Participants choosing to attend all six days receive a comprehensive overview from Vision, through current Applications & Policy, to Research.

Sponsors of the Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology Conference are:

Battelle, The Waitt Family Foundation, Biophan Technologies, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Zyvex, Buchanan Ingersoll, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sun Microsystems, Nanoscience Technologies, NaturalNano, Nanorex, Inc., Foley & Lardner LLP, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, White & Case, Greenberg Traurig, nanoTITAN Incorporated and Atomistix.

For registration and additional details about Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology please visit: http://www.foresight.org/conference2005.

Follow this link to hear a podcast interview with Scott Mize, President of Foresight Nanotech Institute about the Conference and Foresight Nanotech Institute on Podtech: http://www.podtech.net/?p=187.

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