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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: June 22, 2005

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Foresight Nanotech Institute News

The major news this week at Foresight Nanotech Institute is that we launched a nanotechnology roadmap initiative.

The Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems is significant because one of the unanswered questions in nanotechnology circles has been, "How do we get from where we are today to the more robust forms of nanotechnology, those that hold the potential for truly disruptive change?" Nanotechnology trackers often look at current applications versus the envisioned capabilities of the future and ask how one will lead to the other. This project is designed to chart the course and provide some proposed answers.

The Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems will be a powerful tool that will be used by governments, corporations, research institutions, investors, economic development organizations, public policy professionals, educators and the media to understand the critical pathways for important nanotechnology developments. We anticipate that the Roadmap will be used as a rational basis for formulating research and commercialization agendas in nanotechnology. We have included an excerpt and a link the news release that details the resources, partners and steering committee members we have assembled to support this effort so far. This is an extraordinary beginning point for a long awaited project.

Foresight Nanotech Institute would like to thank The Waitt Family Foundation in particular for their generous grant donation of $250,000 towards the support of this project.



Ted Waitt, Gateway Founder, to Join Steering Committee and Fund Effort with Initial $250,000 Grant

Battelle to Collaborate

Menlo Park, CA - June 21, 2005 - Foresight Nanotech Institute, the leading nanotechnology think tank and public interest organization, and Battelle, a leading global research and development organization, have launched a Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems through an initial grant of $250,000 from The Waitt Family Foundation. The group is assembling a world-class steering committee to guide this groundbreaking project, and has garnered the support of several important industry organizations as roadmap partners.

For the entire press release:

About The Waitt Family Foundation:

About Battelle:

Roadmap Steering Committee

The steering committee will guide the development of the Roadmap. The steering committee, currently being assembled includes:


Roadmap Partners

The project is endorsed by a select group of industry and technical organizations that will also participate in the development of the Roadmap. These include the:


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

October 22-27, 2005
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel

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Updated Program

We have added new speakers since our last email. Follow this link to our conference website to view our program, speakers list and to download our brochure:

Other Important Deadlines

Abstract Deadline – June 30, 2005
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Prize Deadlines – July 15, 2005
Foresight has added a Government Prize this year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Lectures - Foresight Nanotech Institute

National Youth Leadership Forum On Nanotechnology
Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum
June 30, 2005
San Jose, California

Scott Mize will speak about The Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges and Christine Peterson will lead a two-hour workshop on nanotechnology at this prestigious high school forum, which brings outstanding youths together to envision and explore the future of technology.

Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges

Foresight has articulated six critical challenges that humanity faces which can be addressed by nanotechnology. In the Weekly News Digest we 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

Two somewhat unusual solar energy companies announced major funding deals as search for alternative energy sources heats up
News source: CNET by Michael Kanellos

HelioVolt which says it can produce relatively inexpensive solar cells that can be incorporated into skylights, roofing and building exteriors, has received $8 million in Series A venture funds from, among others, New Enterprise Associates and Jimmy Treybig, the founder of Tandem Computers.

"We believe this could be used as a material for zero energy homes," said Billy Stanbery, CEO of HelioVolt.

Meanwhile, Energy Innovations, which brings solar power to buildings through a combination of mirrors and solar cells, has raised $16.5 million. Investors include Mohr Davidow Ventures and Idealab, the incubator where Energy Innovations was born.

CNET Story
HelioVolt http://www.heliovolt.com/
Energy Innovations http://www.energyinnovations.com/

2. Providing abundant clean water globally

Sharp touts wastewater treatment for fabs
News source: EE Times Online

Sharp Corporation said it has developed a method for treating semiconductor plant wastewater that combines its own microorganism treatment technique with nanotechnology.

Sharp claims the hybrid approach can reduce nitrogen content in chip plant wastewater by 90 percent and produces no sludge. EE Times Online
Sharp Corporation

3. Increasing the health and longevity of human life

Nanotech delivers cancer treatment
News source: CNN.com

Scientists using nanotechnology have devised a way of delivering cancer drugs that could make them up to 10 times more effective in combating the killer disease.

By attaching a chemotherapeutic drug to manmade nanoparticles, the team of researchers at the University of Michigan were able to smuggle it inside cancerous cells, delaying the growth of tumors in mice by up to 30 days — the equivalent of three years in a human.

Professor of Biologic Nanotechnology James Baker, who led the research, said that the treatment might eventually turn cancer into a chronic but treatable condition.
CNN.com story
Center for Biologic Nanotechnology, University of Michigan

4. Maximizing the productivity of agriculture

Nanofoods may change the way we eat
News source: The Royal Gazette – Tech Tattle by Ahmed ElAmin

They are two separate and controversial uses of new technologies that are coming your way pretty fast, even to a lovely isle in the middle of the ocean - nanofoods and radio frequency identification tracking (RFID).

I will leave RFID to next week’s column, only because this week it is timelier to look at nanofoods. Yesterday about 80 nanotechnology researchers and food industry representatives wrapped up a two-day meeting at the Nano4food (www.nanofood.info) conference in the Netherlands.

Nanotechnology refers to developments on the nanometer scale, usually 0.1 to 100 nanometres. One nanometer equals one thousandth of a micrometer or one millionth of a millimeter. With nanofoods, enter the era of the modern food technologist. Nanotechnology can help food processors in two ways, as nanomachines on the processing line ensuring safety and quality, and secondly as a means of creating novel types of foods.

The second application is controversial as technologists are discovering ways to make everyday foods carry medicines and supplements by creating tiny edible capsules, or nanoparticles, that release their contents on demand at targeted spots in the body.
Royal Gazette article

5. Making powerful information technology available everywhere

Nanotech memory company poised to profit in billion dollar markets
News source: Information Society Technologies (IST) research initiative

Cavendish Kinetics develops nanotechnology-based non-volatile memory. To support this activity, Cavendish Kinetics has developed its own patent-protected range of Nanomech™ embedded non-volatile memory products.

"Nanomech is a new non-volatile memory technology which is completely different to the existing one," explains Dr Mike Beunder, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. "The existing technology involves storing charge whereas ours operates mechanically like a switch."
IST article
Cavendish Kinetics http://www.cavendish-kinetics.com/

6. Enabling the development of space

Major Award for Carbon Nanotube Partners
News source: nanotechwire.com

CSIRO and the NanoTech Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas have won the 2005 Avantex Innovation Prize for their breakthrough discovery of how pure carbon nanotubes can be spun into strong, flexible, electrically conductive yarns.

NanoTech Institute Director, Dr Ray Baughman, says further refinement of the spinning process could lead to the production of nanotube yarns suitable for manufacturing high-value commercial products.

"These might eventually range from artificial muscles, electronic textiles, antiballistic clothing, satellite tethers, filaments for high intensity x-ray and light sources, and yarns for energy storage and generation that are weavable into textiles," Dr Braughman says.

CSIRO is Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation http://www.csiro.au/
University of Texas at Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/

Spotlight On Foresight Members

Foresight Nanotech Institute has updated its membership levels and added benefits. One of the new levels is the corporate membership. This week’s spotlight is on Foresight corporate member, Foley & Lardner LLP.

Corporate Member – Foley & Lardner LLP

Foley provides integrated legal services for innovative enterprises. Our dedicated Nanotechnology Industry Team provides sophisticated solutions to the challenges faced by our nanotech clients. Accordingly, we have been selected to work with four of Nanotechnology Law & Business magazine's "Top 10 Hottest Labs in Nanotech." Participating in leading-edge nanotechnology events, such as the Foresight Annual Conference, allows us to contribute to the growth and success of new nanotechnology frontiers. For more information about nanotechnology at Foley, please visit http://www.foley.com/nanotechnology

Foresight Nanotech Institute offers membership levels appropriate to meet the needs and interests of individuals and companies. To find out more about membership follow this link:

Foresight 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.

July 28, 2005 - 2005 Nano Summit Research Conference
Sponsored by the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas
Houston, Texas

One day conference on nanotechnology research applicable to life science, energy and electronics. Jim Heath of Caltech and UCLA will be speaking at the Nano Summit on nanosystems biology. After lunch, Dr Ferid Murad, Nobel Laureate with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, will speak on cell signaling - Nitric Oxide in Drug Development: How Can Nanotechnology Be Involved?

Follow this link to conference: http://www.nanotechfoundation.org/WWO.html
Early registration date is July 1, 2005

August 13-16, 2005 – Seeing at the Nanoscale III
Sponsored by California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Veeco Instruments
Santa Barbara, California

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Veeco Instruments are sponsoring a scientific conference focusing on nanostructural imaging, characterization, and modification using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and related techniques.

The overall purpose of the conference is to provide an optimum forum for "scientists to speak to scientists" on a wide variety of cutting-edge nanotechnology topics.
Follow this link to the conference:

Nanotech 2003, 2004 & 2005 CDROM set available from the NSTI (Nano Science and Technology Institute). These proceedings are from the past conferences.
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Nanotech Events & News

Nano World: Quantum dot battle inevitable
News Source: United Press International by Charles Q. Choi

As the nanotech devices known as quantum dots grow ever more popular with the electronics and life-sciences industries, analysts fear the complicated patents underlying the field will trigger an expensive set of legal battles that benefit no one.

"The likelihood there will be a legal battle over quantum dots to me approaches certainty over a three-year timeframe," Matthew Nordan, vice president of Lux Research in New York City, told UPI's Nano World.

Still, other experts said, there may be a way to avoid these battles.

"It should be possible for the companies to work things out with cross-licensing to avoid the distraction of litigation, with millions of dollars going to research instead of years of lawsuits," said Stephen Maebius, chair of the nanotechnology industry team at Foley & Lardner in Washington.

July 6-7, 2005 – Nanomed Conference 2005
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Hosted by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with partners Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (CELS) and the Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology, Micro and Photonic Systems (CENAMPS)

July 12-13, 2005 – 3rd Nano Training Bootcamp
Washington, DC
Sponsored by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

July 13-15, 2005 – Nano2005
Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India
Sponsored by Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi Nanomaterials Science & Technology Research Centre (NSTRC)