Segway inventor Kamen heads NanoBusiness conference lineup

September 2, 2009 – Nearly 150 speakers will address new technologies for materials, pharma/biotech, energy/environment, and other nanotech-related topics at next week’s NanoBusiness 2009 conference (Sept. 8-10, McCormick Place, Chicago).

On tap for the NanoBusiness sessions include talks on innovation with nanotech from execs within Fortune 500 companies, next-gen tech startups, and longtime nanotech-focused venture capitalists. Keynote speaker is Segway inventor Dean Kamen, who also spearheads efforts to get kids interested/learning about science and technology via his “FIRST” (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization. Sessions also will focus on nanotech commercialization’s impact on the environment, as well as policy issues on patent reform, chemicals, and safe workplace practices.

A quick scan of application-focused panels includes:

  • Emerging markets/segments for nanotech and nanomaterials
  • Carbon nanotube “breakthroughs”
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology and cancer: diagnostic, therapeutic solutions
  • Pharmaceutical compounds and “soft nanotechnology”
  • Battery technologies
  • Printed and flexible electronics
  • Solar energy and water energy
  • Energy research and “nanoscale discoveries”
  • Water and wastewater treatment


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