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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: June 1, 2005

The Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest features the following news items:

Foresight Nanotech Institute News—Conference Details

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology:
Focusing on the Cutting Edge
13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology

October 22-27, 2005
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel


Abstract Deadline – June 30, 2005
To submit an abstract, please follow this link:

Super Early Registration – June 30, 2005
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Prize Deadlines – July 15, 2005
Foresight has added a Government Prize this year.


William Goddard III, California Institute of Technology
Charles Lieber, Harvard University

Charles Harris, Harris & Harris Group
James Von Ehr, Zyvex Corporation

Richard Smith, Nanotechnology Policy Foundation
Christine Peterson, Foresight Nanotech Institute

Sponsorship Opportunities

Give your firm prominence within the nanotechnology community by sponsoring this conference:

Lectures - Foresight Institute

The Next Industrial Revolution Nanotechnology And Manufacturing
SME Annual Meeting
June 1-2, 2005
Baltimore, Maryland
All day Event

Scott Mize, President of Foresight Institute, is chairman of the Nanotechnology and Manufacturing day at SME's Annual Meeting. For more information

Nanotechnologies and Environment Policy Conference
Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Clean Production Action, and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
June 16, 2005
Santa Clara, California

Christine Peterson will speak at the Nanotechnologies and Environmental Policy Conference at Santa Clara University. For more Information, or call 408.287.6707.

Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges

Foresight has articulated six critical challenges that humanity faces which can be addressed by nanotechnology. In the Weekly News Digest we will identify news items, research breakthroughs and events citing current research and applications providing the stepping stones to solutions to these challenges.

1. Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions

ACTA’S breakthrough fuel cell technology wins Summit Medi-Chem contract
News Source: Fuel Cell

Acta proprietary nanotechnology has enabled it to develop a new, unique family of catalysts called HYPERMEC catalysts which breakdown the barriers to the commercialisation of the fuel cells for mass market applications. HYPERMEC catalysts use low cost materials, work at low temperatures, enable use of cheap, safe and environmentally friendly fuels and solve other technical issues, thereby creating the possibility of producing fuel cells for consumer products.

2. Providing abundant clean water globally

Turning to tech for Clean Water
News Source: San Jose Mercury News – by Matt Marshall

"Ever heard of a Silicon Valley 'water' start-up? Didn't think so. After all, water isn't exactly high tech." Source

3. Increasing the health and longevity of human life

Revolutionary nanotechnology Illuminates brain cells at work
News Source: PhysOrg.com – the latest physics and technology news

Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology and Stanford University are the first to overcome this obstacle by successfully applying genetic nanotechnology using molecular sensors to view changes in brain chemical levels. A newly published study from the scientists reveals how the nanosensors were introduced into nerve cells to measure the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate, the major brain chemical that increases nerve-cell activity in mammalian brains.

4. Maximizing the productivity of agriculture

Nanotechnology sales increase to €687.5m in 2004
News Source: Food Production.com – study written by Helmut Kaiser

The major market trends in the food and beverage sector include improving the performance of packaging materials, prolonging shelf life, antimicrobial packaging and interactive packaging. Simple traditional packing is being replaced with multi-functional intelligent packaging methods to improve food quality thanks to the application of nanotechnology in this field, the consultancy said. Source

5. Making powerful information technology available everywhere

Nano World: New cell phones from nanotech
News Source: United Press International – by Charles C. Choi

New York – Nanotechnology soon could enhance cell phones with carbon-nanotube vacuum tubes, microscopic microphones, liquid lenses, compasses linked with global position systems satellites and even electronic noses. Source

6. Enabling the development of space

NASA Goes Nano for Air Purification
News Source: Newsfactor Technology News – by Stacey Klein

A new NASA project could help clear the air for astronauts in space as well as homes on Earth. Source

Spotlight On Foresight Members—Corporate Members

Foresight Nanotech Institute has updated its membership levels and added benefits. One of the new levels is the corporate membership. If you are interested and want to get further involved with Foresight and the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, please consider becoming a member.

Foresight thanks our current corporate members listed below:

The Analytiq Group
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Foley & Lardner LLP
Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady-Falk & Rabkin
NanoHoldings LLC
Nanorex, Inc.
Sun Microsystems

Media Partners

If you attend or use any of our media partners’ events or services, please tell them you heard about it from Foresight Nanotech Institute.

Nanotechnology for Defense
Sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA)
July 26-27, 2005
Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, D.C.

Learn about defense applications for nanotechnology such as combat ration packaging, solar panels, coatings, batteries, electronics, sensors, and artificial muscles. Interact with top scientists from military research laboratories, academia and the private sector. Learn how nanotechnology could drive Army transformation and will discover how public-private partnerships can accelerate nanotechnology development.

NanoVIP – is a leading web directory of nanotechnology companies. Their database is organized into a number of industry-specific categories, and each company is also listed by country of origin, for easy international localization.

Nanotech Events

June 12, 2005 - NanoChallenge is an international business plan competition organized by the nanotechnology cluster, Veneto Nanotech. The goal of the competition is to provide the individuals that chance to start their own nanotechnology company. The deadline has been extended to June 12, 2005.

June 7-8, 2005 - Nano2005 Conference at The Westin, Santa Clara. - Agenda includes: Strategic Industry Roadmaps covering Electronics/Computing, Biotechnology, Aerospace, and Defense/Security. Winning business models by Founders of Leading Companies. Investing in Nanotech - VC Perspective, Commercial Markets - What’s Hot, What’s Next, Bonus Workshop: Managing Innovation, IP & Licensing - Plus, exhibits spotlighting real nanotech products and services.