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May 8, 2007: Technology Roadmap For Productive Nanosystems To Be Unveiled October 9-10 in Arlington, VA

Gives pathways to atomically-precise nanotechnology

Palo Alto, Calif. — Foresight Nanotech Institute, in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and with the support of Battelle, announced today that it will team up to unveil the groundbreaking Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems at a new nanotechnology event, the Productive Nanosystems Conference, which will take place October 9-10, 2007 at the DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

In 2005, Foresight Nanotech Institute, a leading nanotechnology think tank and public interest organization, and Battelle, a leading global research and development organization, launched development of the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems through an initial grant from The Waitt Family Foundation. The group assembled a world-class Steering Committee to guide this groundbreaking project, and garnered the support of several important industry organizations as roadmap partners, including SME. The Productive Nanosystems Conference will launch the first version of this new nanotechnology Roadmap.

Productive Nanosystems are functional systems that make atomically precise structures, components, and devices under programmable control. This is driving research and applications in a host of areas, with the goal of providing new atomically-precise nanoscale building blocks, components, and devices.

The aerospace, defense, medical, electronic, building/construction, automotive and many other industries will benefit from productive nanosystems. In the aerospace world, productive nanosystems will be essential for production of new, lighter weight, stronger, temperature resistant materials. In the medical industry, productive nanosystems will be key to many advanced medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In the automotive field, productive nanosystems will become central to the development of high performance materials, electronics and information technology for Tier 1 suppliers.

For additional information and registration, please visit www.sme.org/nanosystems.

About Foresight Nanotech Institute:
Foresight Nanotech Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology. Founded in 1986, its mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology. Focusing on the six Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, Foresight provides balanced, accurate and timely information to help society understand nanotechnology through publications, public policy activities, roadmaps, prizes, and conferences.

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world?s leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2007, has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

About Battelle:
Battelle is the world's largest non-profit independent research and development organization, with 20,000 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide, including five national laboratories Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle conducts $3.8 billion in R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management, and technology commercialization. Battelle provides innovative solutions to some of the world's most important problems including global climate change, sustainable energy technologies, high performance materials, next generation healthcare diagnostics and therapeutics, and advanced security solutions for people, infrastructure, and the nation. Battelle has a long history of developing successful commercial products in collaboration with its clients, ranging from products to fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease to the development of the office copier machine (Xerox). As a non-profit charitable trust with an eye toward the future, Battelle actively supports and promotes science and math education.

Contact:
Alicia Isaac
Foresight Nanotech Institute
alicia@foresight.org
Tel (650) 289 0860 ext 254


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