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National Security Applications Micro/Nano Technologies to be Assessed at NSTI Nanotech 2006, May 7-11 in Boston

Worldwide Experts gather in Boston for a Landmark Meeting on Nanotech for National Security.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 20, 2006--Nanotech for National Security at the Nanotech 2006 will bring together for the first time the world's leading nanotechnology experts in biology/chemical defense, radiological defense and sensors to explore how nanotechnology discoveries could help create the next-generation of devices to protect the public from a variety of threats. The symposium will be held May 8-11 in Boston, Mass.

The Nano/Micro Technology for National Security program will bring together scientists, engineers, physicians, professors, and government and business professionals to examine nanotechnology's role in a variety of high-risk public safety applications. The National Security symposium will be held in conjunction with Nanotech 2006, the world's leading multi-disciplinary nanotechnology conference.

"At this symposium, we're interested in learning how national security problems might be better addressed through the use of integrated systems that may rely on nanotechnology components," said Dr. Anantha Krishnan, Director of Lawrence Livermore's R&D for Micro- and Nano-Technology unit, and one of the main drivers of the Nanotech 2006 program in Nanotech for National Security. "The key for us, therefore, is not to simply review the individual pieces, but to examine how difference pieces of nanotechnologies could be integrated together into next-generation solutions."

Here are just a few of the technology areas where Nanotech for National Security speakers will focus:

-- Improve ease-of-use of nano-sensors

-- Design smaller, smarter and more integrated -- to improve efficiency and meet the public's expectation of non-invasive techniques.

-- Increase "smart identification" capabilities of chemical/biological agents -- for quicker and easily updateable screening and data analysis.

-- Speed results -- to support near real-time results

-- Super-sensitive sensors -- to work with micro-samples

-- Extend mobility -- to extend suitable locations via extended battery life and filters.

Nanotech for National Security 2006 -- Speakers and Program in conjunction with Nanotech 2006

Speakers with research and applications impacting national security considerations will feature:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Case Western Reserve University

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada

Harvard Medical School

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, United Kingdom

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Navy Naval Research Lab

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tel Aviv University

University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Irvine

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

More About Program, Attendance Nanotech for National Security 2006

The Nanotech for National Security 2006 conference details can be seen at ( Also, online registration is available at (

Press Passes/Invitations

A limited number of press passes will be available for NanoSecurity 2006. If you are interested in a press pass or if you would like to interview a speaker, please contact Sarah Wenning at or 925-901-4959.

About NanoSecurity 2006 and Nanotech2006

CancerNano 2006 and Nanotech2006 are among the largest gatherings of industrial, academic, business and governmental nanotech-related professionals in the world, and are presented by The Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI), Boston, Mass. NSTI ( is chartered with the advancement and integration of nanotechnology's use for a variety of research and business sectors through education, collaboration and research services. NSTI offers continuing education programs, conventions, scientific and business publishing and custom research services. NSTI was founded in 1997 as a result of the merger between various scientific societies, and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with additional offices in California and Switzerland.

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