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August 24, 2012

Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology

The ACTA Group

The California Nanotechnology Industry Network (CalNIN) wishes to inform you of an important upcoming workshop, “Challenges and Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Nanotechnology.”  The workshop, scheduled for September 25, 2012, is organized by B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) and CalNIN, and is hosted by the UCLA Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN).  The workshop will be held at the California NanoSystems Institute Building at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.


To provide important information on the nanotechnology industry and its impact in California, we have selected an impressive lineup of speakers.  Speakers will discuss matters regarding federal programs that support nanotechnology in California, business development, regulatory challenges, perspectives from existing California-based nanotechnology businesses, and opportunities for future collaboration.


Dr. Sally Tinkle (Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office) will provide the Keynote presentation and provide attendees with current information on the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), its programs, research, and funding opportunities.  Panel discussions will provide attendees with key information regarding programs to support nanotechnology business development; regulatory challenges for nanotechnology in California; challenges for nanotechnology businesses; the pros and cons of being a California nanotech business; and opportunities for collaboration to advance nanotechnology in California.  Individual presentations and panel discussions at this one-day workshop will address the following topics:

  • Future benefits and opportunities afforded by nanotechnology;
  • Federal programs to advance nanotechnology;
  • Regulatory challenges for nanotechnology in California;
  • Environmental measurement of nanomaterials;
  • Availability of venture capital;
  • Public perception of nanomaterials;
  • Weighing the pros and cons of being a California nanotech business; and
  • Opportunities for collaboration to advance nanotechnology in California.

Attendance and Registration

We strongly encourage students, educators, government employees, and businesses with an interest in the nanotechnology industry to attend this event.  This workshop will bring stakeholders together to discuss the current state of the nanotechnology industry in California and identify opportunities and pitfalls for the continued expansion of this key technology sector.

Registration is open and space is limited.  You may register online by visiting the workshop homepage and using our secure form at  The general registration fee is $150 and student registration is $75.  If you will be registering under the discounted student rate, please first contact Jake Vandevort at (410) 255-2773 or

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Several options, including exclusive sponsorship opportunities still remain.  Please visit our sponsorship page for details.

Current sponsors and partners include:

B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C.
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
California NanoSystems Institute
California Nanotechnology Industry Network
Center of Innovation for NanoBiotechnology
Lux Research
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
Nanotechnologies Industry Association
UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Additional Information

For additional information please go online or contact Jake Vandevort at 410-255-2773 or