Senate to hold nano hearing

May 3, 2006 – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development has announced that it will hold a hearing Thursday on the topic of promoting economic development opportunities through nano commercialization.

The hearing is scheduled to examine economic development efforts that have a strong nanotech focus. It will investigate how commercialization of nanotechnology could expedite the application of nanotechnology to more products and how it could generate better jobs and products. It will also examine potential economic impacts that nanoscience commercialization will have on business promotion in communities.

Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) will preside. The scheduled witnesses are Sean Murdock, executive director of the NanoBusiness Alliance; Skip Rung, president and executive director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute; Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer at North Dakota State University; David Rejeski, director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Jerry Gwaltney, city manager for the city of Danville, Va.

The hearing is scheduled to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.


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