NaturalNano Inc., a company whose
primary business is discovering, refining, and marketing naturally occurring
nanomaterials, announced today that President Michael Riedlinger will moderate
a panel discussion at the NanoCommerce & SEMI NanoForum -- "Making Small
Technology Big Business" being held on November 1-3, 2005 at the McCormick
Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Riedlinger will moderate the "Environmental & Societal Implications" panel
on Wednesday, November 2nd at 2:15 p.m. Panelists include: Kathy Jo Wetter,
Program Manager, ETC Group Research; Julia A. Moore; Deputy Director, Project
Emerging Nanotechnologies Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at
the Smithsonian Institution; and M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of the
Institute of Psychology, Deputy Director of the Institute for Science Law and
Technology, and Fellow of the Institute for Biotechnology and the Human Future
at Illinois Institute of Technology.
The panel discussion will explore topics related to public concerns and
benefits of nanotechnology adoption, emerging environmental guidelines and
regulations for manufacturers, and global access to nano-enabled products and
Topic content will be devoted to new areas of nanotechnology innovation
with a focus on the anticipation and comprehension of the societal
implications presented by this emerging and important technological evolution.
NaturalNano has rights to multiple issued and pending patents that cover
processes, compositions, and derivatives for the nanotubes found in halloysite
clay. More than 200 commercial applications have been identified to date.
The Company is also developing proprietary, patent-pending extraction,
separation, and classification technologies to enable the production of more
uniform nanotubes to meet the higher standards required for advanced
applications of the naturally occurring nanotubes. These applications include
precise, controlled, and extended release of application-specific additives
for use with cosmetics, polymers and plastics and other areas.
Extracted from clay mined at Utah's Dragon Mine operated by Atlas Mining
Company, the tubule-rich halloysite clay can be
supplied in very large quantities. NaturalNano has rights from Atlas and will
be establishing processing capabilities to produce nanotubes to customer
requirements for specific applications.
The NanoCommerce & Semi NanoForum is a venue where academic research,
state and national initiatives, institutional capital, entrepreneurial talent
and seasoned corporate executives meet to create next generational emerging
companies in the nanotech sector. This conference and trade show is focused
on commercialization, strategic business issues, nanomanufacturing solutions
and technical strategy. NanoCommerce & Semi NanoForum is presented by Small
Times Media, SEMI, and the NanoBusiness Alliance. http://www.nanocommerceforum.com