2005 Foresight Institute Government Prize Winner

Congressman Mike Honda (D-California) was the inaugural honoree of the Foresight Institute Government Prize. He was one of the key legislators that initiated the Nanotechnology Research and Development Act signed by President Bush in 2003. He is also the driver of the Nanomanufacturing Investment Act (HR1491) which is designed to create a public-private partnership to bridge the funding gap, also known as the “valley of death”, that exists between nanotechnology research which occurs in laboratories and the stage where financial investors are willing to fund new ventures based on that technology.