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Nanotechnology Innovation Forums

In this last year, CBEN, through the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, held a Nanotechnology Innovation Forum. The Rice Alliance is a Rice community resource that, through its Innovation Concept Forums, brings together a talent pool of potential collaborators in entrepreneurship ventures.  These include scientists and engineers with the technical innovations at various stages of development, venture capitalists, investment bankers, local entrepreneurs, faculty members, recent MBA graduates, and students. These forums are structured around presentations by inventors, who receive feedback on their innovations and business plans from a panel of experts.

This Nanotechnology Innovation Forum, titled “Nanotechnology: Creating the Next Energy Revolution,” was held on January 16, 2004. Keynote speakers were Dr. Richard Smalley, Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Rice University, and Jim Von Eyr Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Zyvex Corporation. Views on trends and commercialization opportunities in nanotechnology were provided by Rice Faculty, and five early-stage nanotechnology companies were presented for evaluation by a venture capital feedback panel. Five business concepts or early-stage ventures were presented to an audience of 350. The presentations were:

  • Andrew Barron:  NewCyte – Combining nanomaterials with molecular biology
  • Louis Brousseau: Quantum Logic Devices – Nanoelectronic platforms for biomolecular research
  • Chris Gintz: NanoComposites – Nanoscale materials science
  • John Kane: Action Materials – Nanoparticles with or without nanoscale coating/structures
  • Waqar Qureshi: MolecularDiamond Technologies – Higher diamondoids