[July 07, 2004]

Investment and Commercialization the Focus of Upcoming nanoSIG Forum; Nanotechnology Business and Networking Forum Scheduled for 7/14 at SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif.

MENLO PARK, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- July 7, 2004 -- Nanotechnology investment and commercialization will be the topic of the July 14 event sponsored by nanoSIG, an international nonprofit industry organization enabling the commercialization of nanotechnology. The upcoming forum, "Nano Value Chain: IP to IPO" will be held from noon - 6 p.m. at the SRI Auditorium, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, Calif.

Brian Sefton, forum chair, said, "Success for new nanotechnology ventures depends on efficiently translating laboratory research into market facing products and successful market execution. At this event we will hear about the challenges of each link in the nanotechnology value chain from experts in research, licensing, commercialization and funding. This event is a must for any entrepreneur, investor, startup or established technology company."

Bo Varga, executive director of nanoSIG, said, "Our Nano Forums have proven value for nanotechnology commercialization as a meeting ground for deals, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers."

Attendees will be investors, C-level business representatives, senior technical professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs, press, policy makers, economic development leaders, technology transfer experts, and more. Speakers for the nanoInvesting Forum series include executives from companies leading the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Confirmed Conference Program:

Keynote Speaker: David Aslin, managing director, 3i Ventures

Other Speakers:

Dr. Nobi Kambe: founder, Nanogram & Nanogram

Brian Sefton: chair, NanoInvestment & Commercialization Forum & managing director, The Strategic Synergy Group

Richard Trecartin: co-chair and sponsor, Partner Dorsey Whitney LLP

Dr. Yigal Blum: director, Technology Commercialization, SRI International

Michael Pak, CEO, Nanostellar Inc.

Plus representatives from the Research & Commercialization arms of UC Berkeley & Stanford University.

About SRI International

SRI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute that conducts client-supported research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses and nonprofit foundations.


About nanoSIG

nanoSIG, is the leading business membership organization focused on the commercial development of nanotechnology. nanoSIG promotes nano business networking by bringing together investors with inventors and creating a forum where all constituencies can exchange contacts and information and enable deals.


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