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''Nanotechnology is Not Little in Washington'': Floyd Kvamme Keynote; 13th Foresight Conference Focuses on Nanotech Vision, Applications, Policy and Research

Floyd Kvamme, Co-Chair of PCAST, and Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, will present his view on Washington policies and nanotechnology at the 13th Foresight Conference
MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2005--Floyd Kvamme, Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, will present his view on Washington policies and nanotechnology at the 13th Foresight Conference: Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge, to be held October 22-27, 2005 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott.

Kvamme's keynote, "Nanotechnology is Not Little in Washington" will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 9 a.m. As part of the Applications and Policy program, Kvamme will cover Washington's perspectives on nanotechnology and discuss why top policy-makers think nanotechnology is strategically important to U.S. technical leadership, competitiveness and job creation. The session is open to the public and individuals may register online at

"We are pleased to have Mr. Kvamme as a keynote speaker at our conference. Nanotechnology research received a big push when the National Nanotechnology Initiative was formed in 2000," said Scott Mize, President of Foresight Nanotech Institute. "Mr. Kvamme's keynote will help conference attendees benchmark the results that have been achieved over the first five years of the initiative, and what is happening today with an eye towards future commercial uses and public policy issues."

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge is organized into three stand-alone, complementary sessions -- Vision, Applications & Policy, and Research -- featuring world-class speakers discussing key advances, funding and applications and debating the controversial issues surrounding this new Industrial Revolution.

The Vision Weekend provides a rare opportunity to hear speakers including Peter Diamandis of X Prize Foundation, Aubrey de Grey of University of Cambridge, Eric Drexler of Nanorex, and Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, discuss the future of nanotechnology candidly and off-the-record. Scheduled for October 22-23, 2005, these sessions also feature a debate, "Nanotechnology: Revolutionary or Questionable?" between Jerry Mander, Director, International Forum an Globalization, and Ralph Merkle, Dept. of Computer Science, Georgia Tech.

The Applications & Policy sessions focus on the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, and will examine the commercial breakthroughs and public policy actions that are leading nanotechnology solutions to these challenges facing humanity. Speakers include: George Atkinson, U.S.Dept of State; Scott Hubbard, NASA Ames Research Center; Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network; Peter Singer, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics; David Bishop, Lucent; and Jim Von Ehr, Zyvex. Scheduled for October 24-25, 2005, this segment also features presentations and panels on nanotechnology applications for energy, clean water, human health, agriculture, information technology, and space development.

The Research sessions are a forum for researchers from all disciplines to present and discuss their recent nanoscale work and results. The research days include technical talks from: Steve Mayo, Caltech and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Z.L.Wang, Georgia Tech; Roy Bar-Ziv, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel); Alex Zettl, UC Berkeley; and Hiroshi Yokayama, AIST (Japan). Scheduled for October 26 and half-day October 27, 2005, these sessions also include a presentation on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems a joint initiative between Foresight Nanotech Institute and Battelle.

Attendees can customize this "a la carte" conference experience by choosing the days and sessions that provide the kind of nanotechnology information and contacts they are seeking. Participants choosing to attend all six days receive a comprehensive overview from Vision, through current Applications & Policy, to Research.

Current sponsors of the Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology Conference are:

Battelle, The Waitt Family Foundation, Biophan Technologies, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Zyvex, Buchanan Ingersoll, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sun Microsystems, Nanoscience Technologies, NaturalNano, Nanorex, Inc., Foley & Lardner LLP, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, White & Case, Greenberg Traurig and nanoTITAN Incorporated.

For registration and additional details about Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: please visit

About Foresight Nanotech Institute

Foresight Nanotech Institute is the leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology. Founded in 1986, our mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology. Focusing on the six Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, Foresight provides balanced, accurate and timely information to help society understand nanotechnology through publications, guidelines, public policy activities, roadmaps, prizes, tutorials, conferences, discussion forums and networking events.

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