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Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum 2004

28 April 2004

ATTENTION: Business writers, editors

Contact: Marcel Roche
(415) 939-4758 (cell) roche@haas.berkeley.edu

Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum 2004, a day-long conference designed to bring together University of California, Berkeley, students, alumni and Bay Area professionals interested in nanotechnology.

The forum will feature realistic near-term applications in nanotechnology, as well as career implications for scientists, engineers and business students, and focus on UC Berkeley's past and future leadership in nano-entrepreneurship - the process of turning nanoscience into nanobusiness.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1

Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Keynote speakers at the forum will include Bay Area leaders in nanotechnology research:

* Hans Coufal, manager, Science & Technology, IBM Almaden Research Center.
* Meyya Meyyapan, director, Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center.
* Paul Alivisatos, professor of chemistry, UC Berkeley. Director, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Member, scientific advisory board, Nanosys Inc. and Quantum Dot Corp.

The panel sessions "Can Silicon Valley Become Nano Valley" and "Nanotechnology Startups" will feature executives from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Nanomix, NeoPhotonics, MolecularDiamond Technologies and Quantum Dot Corp. Other participants will be from Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis LLP and Quantum Insight.

Nanotechnology is often presented as the "next big thing" for Silicon Valley, but how realistic is this? The forum will present the views of local entrepreneurs and businesspeople on practical near-term applications and unique career opportunities offered in the burgeoning nanotechnology area.

"This event also is an opportunity to demonstrate the leadership of UC Berkeley in nanotechnology," said UC Berkeley MBA student Marcel Roche, co-president with mechanical engineering graduate student Ryan Layton of the Berkeley Nanotechnology Club (COE).

The forum is being co-organized by students in the College of Chemistry, College of Engineering, College of Letters and Science, Haas School of Business and School of Law (Boalt Hall).

NOTE: For a detailed agenda, see http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~nano/forum2004.htm.


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