Pennsylvania announces that The Business of Nano: Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2004 will be held May 25-26, 2004 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
RENDELL ADMINISTRATION, HARRISBURG, PA, ANNOUNCES MAY 2004 PA NANOTECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE: On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky today announced that The Business of Nano: Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2004 will be held May 25-26, 2004 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Nanotechnology involves research and technology development at the atomic, molecular or macromolecular levels. Researchers work at these scales to develop new technologies in industries such as biopharmaceuticals, therapeutics, advanced materials, agriculture, chemicals, electronics, energy, defense and transportation.
The conference is designed to assist Pennsylvania's research, business and industrial communities that benefit or wish to benefit from nanotechnology. Conference topics will include nanotechnology funding, research, development, manufacturing, services and investment.
"Our region is already an emerging leader in nanotechnology and has established a strong foundation in the field, with important research, development and industrial projects under way," said Yablonsky. "This conference will deliver concrete information and methods, key contacts and specific opportunities to organizations interested in breaking into the field or expanding their presence."
The conference represents the second major gathering on nanotechnology sponsored by the Commonwealth. Through formal presentations, displays, detailed documentation and informal meetings, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the technology, expand business opportunities, and make new contacts.
To date, nanotechnology has delivered innovative consumer products like super-resilient tennis balls, high-efficiency fuel cells and stain-proof fabrics, as well as other breakthroughs in micro-electronics and biopharmaceuticals. In the coming years, nanotechnology, which creates technology atom by atom, will transform virtually every industrial sector. While spending on the technology in the United States has reached $3 billion a year, nano-products are expected to account for $1 trillion in sales in the U. S. by 2015.
"Nanotechnology is the engine that will drive industrial change in the coming years," Yablonsky said. "Because of the work we've already accomplished and the base we've created, the Commonwealth has the opportunity to use this key technology sector to power significant industrial development and employment opportunities. The Business of Nano conference is an opportunity for our academic, business and industrial leaders to be updated and informed about the potential of nanotechnology."