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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Interview – Mihail Roco, Senior Advisor to the NSF and NNI
    towards more complex nanosystems and new areas of relevance such as bio nanomanufacturing food systems and cognitive technologies and fundamentally new products This phase is expected to be dominated by an R D ecosystem driven by socio economic considerations Nanotechnology development will be rapid and uneven with global implications for the economy balance of forces environment sustainability and public participation Reversing the pyramid in education by earlier learning of general nanotechnology concepts in freshman and softmore years will become reality in undergraduate education SW In Nano 2020 you talk about nanotechnology becoming a general purpose technology in the years ahead Please explain what you mean by this and tell us why it is important MR Nanotechnology will continue its widespread penetration of specific methods tools and materials into the economy as a general purpose technology which as with prior technologies such as electricity or computing is likely to have widespread and far reaching applications across many sectors For example nanoelectronics including nanomagnetics has a pathway to devices including logic transistors and memory devices with feature sizes below 10 nm and is opening doors to a whole host of innovations including replacing electron charge as the sole information carrier Many other vital industries will experience evolutionary incremental nanotechnology based improvements in combination with revolutionary breakthrough solutions that drive new product innovations By 2020 there is potential to incorporate nanotechnology enabled products and services into almost all industrial sectors and medical fields Resulting benefits will include increased productivity and more sustainable development New applications expected to emerge in the next decade range from low cost photovoltaic devices after about 2015 to affordable high performance batteries enabling electric cars to novel computing systems cognitive technologies and radical new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer As nanotechnology grows in a broader context it will enable creation or advancements in new areas of research such as synthetic biology cost effective carbon capture quantum information systems neuromorphic engineering geoengineering using nanoparticles and other emerging and converging technologies Nanotechnology developments in the next decade will allow systematic design and manufacturing of nanotechnology products from basic principles through a move towards simulation based design strategies that use an increasing amount of fundamental science in applications driven R D as defined in the Pasteur quadrant Stokes 1997 Pasteur s Quadrant Basic Science and Technological Innovation Brookings Institution Press SW You are projecting a 10 fold increase in the value of nano enabled final product markets over the next ten years What industries are likely to be among the most heavily impacted by nanotech during this time frame MR The industries with largest applications will continue to be nanostructured chemicals and especially catalysts communication and information equipment advanced structural nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals Other nano enabled emerging areas of application with large rates of increase include biomedical equipment energy and water resources environmental improvement and safety food and agricultural systems forestry hierarchical molecular manufacturing and cognitive technologies Current developments presage a burgeoning economic impact trends suggest that the number of nanotechnology products and workers worldwide will double every three years achieving a 1 trillion market and 2 million workers by 2015 and 3 trillion market and 6 million workers by 2020 This would correspond to a continuation of the annual growth rate of 25 percent and a 100 fold increase in 20 years from 2000 to 2020 We have used here the NNI definition requiring a new property or function at the nanoscale Nanotechnology R D has become a socio economic target in all developed countries and in many developing countries an area of intense international collaboration and competition SW Major semiconductor and electronics manufacturers would be having great difficulty innovating if it weren t for nanotech capabilities Yet many people don t consider companies like Intel IBM Apple and Micron nanotech companies Do you see this perception changing in the future MR Currently all major companies producing semiconductors or memory components are in a race to introduce nanotechnology to remain competitive Because nanotechnology components initially entered the semiconductor industry for improving CMOS and those companies have other product lines the perception has been divided Once significantly improved performance of CMOS due to nanocomponents is proved and new paradigms for logic memory and transmission of information are introduced using nanosystems leading to products not available before the perception will change definitively SW Nanomanufacturing is coming of age Do you think the U S can regain prominence in manufacturing through nanomanufacturing MR Nanomanufacturing is an opportunity to add high added value and high paying jobs to the economy There are two main drivers that will be reinforced as we advance into nano s second decade creating products and services that were not possible before and more efficiently using materials energy environment and labor The opportunities in the U S are particularly for the more sophisticated new generations of nanotechnology products The investment should focus on areas where there is capacity for assimilation in the U S economy such as highly automated systems distributed energy conversion and storage nanobiotechnology nanomedicine integration with other emerging fields and using specific infrastructure A condition for the U S achieving prominence in nanomanufacturing is focused R D and support for continuing processes from discovery to innovation and commercialization at the national level NSF has supported a funding program in nanomanufacturing since 2002 and the National Nanomanufacturing Network since 2006 Significantly larger efforts by industry states and federal government are needed Another essential condition is the preparation of the workforce Since 2001 NSF has supported a series of nanotechnology education activities including individual and group awards the Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education NUE program and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology NCN the Nanotechnology Center for Learning and Teaching NCLT for multidisciplinary horizontal and K Graduate vertical integration of formal education Nanoscale Informal Science Education NISE the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network NNIN with education components and Technological Community College Nanotechnology education in NACK among other awards A main challenge now is to disseminate the results partly via Department

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness – Nano News January Edition
    wealthy investors is daring to put their money where others won t untested start ups that have little chance of landing venture capital http www boston com business technology articles 2011 01 23 investing where others wont Livingston Securities www livingstonsecurities com IPO Update Neophotonics Prospectus for Neophotonics http www sec gov Archives edgar data 1227025 000119312511008672 ds1a htm Endocyte Prospectus for Endocyte http www sec gov Archives edgar data 1235007 000095012311002356 f56327a3sv1za htm The SEC urges you to read the prospectus before making an investment decision Investment decisions should be based exclusively on the prospectus The Nano Community is very active in the IPO Market and M A activity is heating up too 2011 is shaping up to be a very good year for the Science of Nanotechnology Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusinenss Alliance 203 733 1949 vincentcaprio nynanobusiness org www nynanobusiness org www vincentcaprio org Leave a Reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Pages Vincent s Bio Vincent s Friends Become a WIAF Individual Member Become a NanoBCA Individual Member Contact Me Vincent Caprio on You Tube Discussing Water Infrastructure Water 2 0 Conference February 26 2013 30 Rockefeller Center New York NYC 5th Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 9 10 2013 Wake Forest Biotech Place Winston Salem NC NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 11th Annual NanoBusiness Conference September 5 7 2012 Boston MA Water Innovations Alliance Home Key Posts Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 9 10 2013 Wake Forest Biotech Place Winston Salem NC Useful Links National Nanotechnology Initiative InterNano Resources for Nanomanufacturing Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog CalNIN California Nano Industry Network Bergeson Campbell PC National Nanotechnology Coordination Office Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 December 2015 November

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Recommends Green Manufacturer Magazine for the Nanotechnology Community
    the marketplace a full set of information tools that include the bi monthly magazine bi monthly eNewsletter as well as delivers the latest business critical content through its web site www greenmanufacturer net Please visit http www fma communications com green green Subscription cfm to sign up for a free subscription NANO NEWS Arrowhead Sells Unidym for 5 Million http www labusinessjournal com news 2011 jan 18 arrowhead sells unidym 5 million Not Just Bunnies Nanotechnology Oregon Lottery Touts Its Science Do Goodism http www mediapost com publications fa Articles showArticle art aid 143079 Building 3D Batteries from the Bottom Up with Coated Nanowires http spectrum ieee org nanoclast semiconductors nanotechnology building 3d batteries from the bottom up with coated nanowires Russia invests 700m in UK plastic electronics firm http www themanufacturer com uk content 11499 From Russia with love I continue to be very excited to see nano applications being utilized in the energy market Regards Vincent Caprio Executive Director NanoBusiness Alliance 203 733 1949 vincentcaprio nynanobusiness org www nynanobusiness org www vincentcaprio org Leave a Reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Pages Vincent s Bio Vincent s Friends Become a WIAF Individual Member Become a NanoBCA Individual Member Contact Me Vincent Caprio on You Tube Discussing Water Infrastructure Water 2 0 Conference February 26 2013 30 Rockefeller Center New York NYC 5th Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 9 10 2013 Wake Forest Biotech Place Winston Salem NC NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 11th Annual NanoBusiness Conference September 5 7 2012 Boston MA Water Innovations Alliance Home Key Posts Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 9 10 2013 Wake Forest Biotech Place Winston Salem NC Useful Links National Nanotechnology Initiative InterNano Resources for Nanomanufacturing Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog CalNIN California Nano

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Selects Most Influential Nanotechnology Leaders of 2010
    Partner Lux Capital http www vincentcaprio org nanobusinessnyc april 20th nba interview peter hebert co foundermanaging partner lux capital James M Hussey Chief Executive Officer NanoInk Inc http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness alliance interview james m hussey chief executive officer nanoink inc Doug Jamison CEO Harris Harris Group Inc http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness alliance interview doug jamison ceo harris harris group inc Scott Livingston Chairman CEO Livingston Securities LLC http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness alliance interview scott livingston chairman ceo livingston securities llc Ajay P Malshe Co founder CTO NanoMech LLC http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness interview ajay p malshe co founder cto nanomech llc Scott Rickert CEO Nanofilm http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness dc event nba interview scott rickert ceo nanofilm Dr Mihail C Roco Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology National Science Foundation http www nsf gov eng staff mroco jsp Dr Roco s interview is scheduled for February Clayton Teague Director NNCO http www vincentcaprio org nanobusiness alliance interview clayton teague director nnco Josh Wolfe Founding Managing General Partner Lux Capital Management http www luxcapital com team wolfe php Josh Wolfe s interview is scheduled for January Let s have another round of applause for the contributions of these Nanotechnology leaders over the past decade Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Alliance 203 733 1949 vincentcaprio nynanobusiness org www nanobusiness2010 com www vincentcaprio org Leave a Reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Pages Vincent s Bio Vincent s Friends Become a WIAF Individual Member Become a NanoBCA Individual Member Contact Me Vincent Caprio on You Tube Discussing Water Infrastructure Water 2 0 Conference February 26 2013 30 Rockefeller Center New York NYC 5th Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 9 10 2013 Wake Forest Biotech Place Winston

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Alliance Interview – David J. Arthur, President & CEO, SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc.
    discharging the conductive carbon black particles used in today s Li ion battery cathodes start to separate which diminishes the ability of the carbon particle network to conduct electricity and heat efficiently resulting in significant degradation of battery capacity over time Due to the ultra long tubular shape of SMW CNTs they can form three dimensional conductive networks at much lower loading than carbon black particles capacity advantage These networks are expected to be much more robust to better withstand swelling de swelling and thermal mechanical stresses cyclability advantage SMW CNTs offer performance advantages over traditional multi wall CNTs because of their significantly higher purity 99 9 and superior tube structure smaller diameter fewer walls fewer defects SW You are collaborating with researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology What kind of work is going on between SWeNT and RIT today DA Rochester Institute of Technology RIT is a leader in applying CNT technology to Lithium ion Li ion batteries with more than 30 published articles related to CNTs and successful relationships with industry and government experts Professor Brian Landi at RIT is well positioned with all the equipment and expertise to assist SWeNT with developing next generation cathode materials comprising CNTs for Li ion batteries SWeNT s activities include tailoring CNTs and forming pastes using solvents and binders specified by Professor Landi RIT s activities include battery electrode fabrication and electrochemical testing The combined expertise of SWeNT and RIT is expected to create synergy and quickly produce convincing results SW You ve noted that the barrier to the market for single wall carbon nanotubes isn t cost but rather quality ease of use and safety Can you please elaborate on this for us DA Today commercial single wall CNTs sell anywhere from 50 to 2 500 per gram with hundreds of per gram being typical This price is too high for composites applications that are being served by traditional multi wall CNTs which sell for 0 10 per gram and less in volume However single wall CNTs are mainly being used for coatings applications where they impart certain optical and or electronic properties to a surface The value of the CNT coating is typically at least 10 per square meter The amount of CNTs deposited on the surface is typically only 0 01 to 0 1 gram per square meter This means that most of these applications are willing to pay 100 to 1 000 per gram of CNT as long as the desired function is applied to the surface Thus cost is not the biggest issue performance is typically the 1 concern followed by the ability to apply the CNTs to a surface in an easy and safe manner That is where printable CNT inks come into play SW SWeNT has been proactive in minimizing environmental health and safety EHS risks associated with manufacturing carbon nanotube materials What kinds of activities is SWeNT engaged in to accomplish this DA The production of CNTs involves handling corrosive materials acids

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Alliance Interview – Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
    venues and fora such as the public meeting it held on September 23 2010 to obtain information and opinions on characterization manufacturing and biocompatibility of nanomaterials FDA is using such information and the results of testing it conducts in Arkansas and that the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute NCI conducts in Maryland in large part to answer the basic regulatory question it must first address When is a nanomaterial the same as its macro particle counterpart The answer to that question will have a big impact on the classification of products and will determine the standards a manufacturer must meet to obtain approval or clearance as well as the data to support submissions for that purpose for types of products including generic drugs indirect food additives food contact substances dietary new ingredients and substantially equivalent medical devices Where the issue is not a claim that the material is the same as in a predicate product FDA will have to decide the proof needed to meet the applicable regulatory standard for that class of product and it is doing so to date on an ad hoc basis rather than by regulation or guidance SW What are the major nanotech EHS initiatives we are seeing currently in the EU LB In the EU the European Chemicals Agency s ECHA ongoing work under the Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals REACH in particular the REACH Implementation Projects RIP on nanomaterials is important in the regulation of nanoscale materials as is developing guidance under the Classification Labeling and Packaging regulation EC No 1272 2008 Finally the EU implementation of the food and cosmetics labeling regulation is important and will have precedent setting implications SW Are we seeing greater collaboration among the various regulatory authorities inside and outside the U S with respect to nanotech EHS LB Yes Domestically federal agencies coordinate through the National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI under the management framework of the National Science and Technology Council NSTC The Nanoscale Science Engineering and Technology NSET Subcommittee of the NSTC coordinates planning budgeting and program implementation In addition the White House Policy Coordination Group is a policy committee that was formed to address emergent technologies including nanotechnology This group also coordinates across federal agencies Finally there are agency specific groups embedded in specific federal agencies including EPA and FDA focused on ensuring consistency within federal agencies Internationally the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD has been devoted to fostering harmony on multiple issues pertinent to nanotechnology The Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and Working Party on Nanotechnology were created several years ago and are devoted to developing a shared view on technical and policy issues and leveraging internal resources in a way that maximizes OECD member countries and others investments in nanotechnology SW What are the typical kinds of mistakes companies make with regard to nanotech EHS LB Nano companies are in many respects no different than other more traditional businesses Prudent business planning and effective product stewardship goes a long way A commitment to be responsible and compliant with all applicable laws and regulations is also a must Importantly however nano businesses must grow and flourish in a fluid regulatory context where standards and courses of business conduct are evolving This definitional and regulatory fluidity invites uncertainty that is typically unnerving to management investors insurers and business owners As a business owner I can relate and sympathize It is all the more reason companies need to plan smart get really good legal counsel and monitor evolving domestic and international regulations and business standards carefully One of the benefits of NanoBusiness Alliance membership is being kept aware of these evolving standards and practices and being offered an opportunity to discuss the cutting edge business issues that are of concern and interest to the nano industry and the business strategies most likely to be successful in a challenging economy SW What companies are at the forefront of nanotech EHS today LB That is a hard question to answer as there are many companies contributing greatly to nano EHS excellence today Certainly DuPont is to be commended for its collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund in creating the Nano Risk Framework http www nanoriskframework com which is the premier framework for ensuring the responsible development of nanotechnology I reference DuPont by name as its development of this useful business tool has helped immeasurably in promoting nano EHS There are many many other companies large and small as well as entities public and private that have contributed greatly too numerous to note by name Government entities are also to be commended In particular EPA s New Chemicals Division staff and leadership Jim Willis Jim Alwood and Kristan Markey to name a few NNI leadership Clayton Teague and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Chuck Gerasi have all made valuable contributions to promoting the responsible development of nanotechnology SW What can the nanotech community learn from other industries experience with EHS LB Perhaps the most important lesson is to innovate with a view toward considering the life cycle consequences of product design and to communicate regularly and often with all stakeholders Nanotechnology offers tremendous promise as a pollution prevention tool Its benefits must be advocated relentlessly All too often the areas of uncertainty regarding potential risk posed by unbound nanoscale materials eclipses other aspects of nano innovations Nano stakeholders and business people need to be able to make the case that nano innovations are designed and engineered to be better more efficient and more benign than their macro counterparts and to be able to demonstrate these features at all stages of the product s life cycle Nano stakeholders must also commit to a higher level of transparency in their business dealings and more robust outreach and education to ensure the public is aware of the promise of nanotechnology and embraces it and understands the benefits and manageable risks of nanotechnology as any other emerging technology To the extent the genetically modified

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness Alliance Interview – Larry Bock, Executive Director, USA Science & Engineering Festival
    demonstrations and other interaction would do a great service in changing many people s typical perception of scientists as boring nerdy unapproachable and made up almost exclusively of White males SW The idea of having festivals that celebrate science and engineering is cool What are some of the novel and creative things you and your team have developed to stimulate interest in science and engineering across the country LB The Festival has implemented several key creative approaches which are proving quite effective Here are two examples The first is our Nifty Fifty Program in which we select leading scientists engineers and high tech and life sciences entrepreneurs to go out to K 12 schools to talk about their work the challenges and stumbling blocks they faced in their careers how advances and principles in science and engineering can be applied to everyday life and what students should be doing now if they are interested in entering such fields Nifty Fifty presenters which currently total more than 100 are selected based on their past success in speaking to and motivating young students and for the creative and meaningful hands on interaction and visuals they can include in their talks Second our Lunch With a Laureate sessions bring Nobel scientists to public venues to speak informally over brownbag lunches about their work including the honor of having received a Nobel Prize in their field Twenty five Nobel Laureates are participating Both the Nifty Fifty and Lunch With a Laureate approaches serve to demystify and humanize scientists and their work for students and the public showing that many of these noted innovators came from the same childhood background as the average child and faced the same challenges fears and concerns that all of us face as we grow up and enter our chosen fields In addition we ve instituted some effective approaches to how we are promoting the Festival s Expo the massive celebration that will culminate the Festival on October 23 24 on the National Mall in Washington DC For instance we ve come up with creative timely themes for the wide array of interactive hands on Expo exhibits stage shows and other presentations that will be taking place These themes convey how science and technology play an integral part of everyday life from music and art to sports and health and show how cool these fields really are Consequently we think kids and others will be quite interested to check out such presentations as The Physics of Skateboarding Science Rappers The Science of First Responders in addition to exhibits demonstrating how hip hop music and computer games are being used to teach math and the integral role science played in uncovering great works of art SW You had your first Festival in San Diego CA last year Tell us how that went and what you learned from the event LB The Inaugural San Diego Science Festival in 2009 was a huge success attracting 350 participating organizations 500 programs and 250 000 participants We learned much from this event including better strategies for recruiting and organizing presenters and sponsors in addition ways to enhance the development of event content all of which is providing us with important building blocks for this year s inaugural National Festival More specifically one important area we have spent a lot of time improving is the way we go about recruiting and selecting our Nifty Fifty science and engineering speakers for schools Last year for the San Diego Festival we recruited such speakers primarily based upon their credentials and reputation as leading researchers But we later realized that some of them were not effective or comfortable speaking before or interacting with a roomful of K 12 students preferring instead to deliver their routine version Powerpoint talks which fell flat with the kids Since the power and effectiveness of Nifty Fifty lies it its ability to connect on a very personal basis with young learners we now select speakers based not only on their reputation as innovators but also on their experience as outreach speakers As such we evaluate them on their experience giving inspirational presentations to students and the lay public about their work and profession including how their research impacts everyday life how passionate they are about their topic their ability to incorporate multi media audio visuals in their talks skill in generating audience participation through hands on demonstrations and other interaction and their willingness to leave ample time for questions and answers following the presentation A perfect example of one of our Nifty Fifty speakers this year who possesses these qualities is James Kakalios a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and who also serves as science consultant for Watchmen His presentation The Physics of Superheroes explains how he uses such superheroes as Spiderman Superman and the Flash to teach others about the principles of physics and how he has even influenced Hollywood in the depiction of these characters on the Big Screen SW The next Festival will be held in Washington DC October 10 24 2010 What was the rationale that went into choosing Washington DC LB Ray O Johnson the CTO of Lockheed Martin one of our major sponsors for last year s Festival as well as for this year s event convinced me to take the Festival to the national level and to consider Washington DC as the event s staging point The more I thought about it the more I became convinced that DC and its surrounding metropolitan area was a natural choice Not only is the Washington area the seat of government it is also a vibrant center of science being the home to numerous leading science agencies organizations and societies Here is a brief rundown of the science and engineering entities from Washington and across the country that will be participating in the Festival They include more than 150 Professional Science Engineering Societies including the National Academy of Engineering National Academy of Sciences AAAS American Physical Society American

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » Blog Archive » NanoBusiness/NYC April 20th-NbA Interview: Peter Hébert, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Lux Capital
    teams and telling a story that resonates with Wall Street A123 was able to tap the public markets because they were generating close to 100 million in annual revenues and the buy side loved the electric vehicle and grid storage story SW There was a time when Nanosys was seen as the premier nanotech company and there was a great deal of excitement about a Nanosys IPO Lux Capital is an investor in Nanosys How is the company doing these days PH Nanosys has made tremendous progress over the last few years but it has done so without using a megaphone While Nanosys now boasts more than 700 patents its biggest breakthrough was developing products that global customers are clamoring to buy Its core business is now in two areas LED lighting and batteries Their LED backlighting innovation was covered extensively in recent articles by The Economist and Barron s Stay tuned for even more exciting news in the next several months SW How does Lux Capital view the role of nanotech in the commercialization of clean technology It seems to me there is tremendous opportunity for innovation with clean technology and nanotech Have you seen anything in the nanomaterials space recently in solar for example or elsewhere that has knocked your socks off PH There will be many great applications of nanotechnology in the area of alternative energy Nanotech is poised to dramatically reduce cost for flexible thin film solar photovoltaics That said at Lux Capital we believe solar PV is a challenging area for venture investment The technologies are incredibly complex and finding a way to reliably manufacture the materials in high volumes has been a difficult not to mention costly odyssey If all those challenges can be solved you find yourself in a brutally competitive commodity market dictated almost entirely by price We put our money where our mouth was for two exciting energy applications we identified both investments are today operating in stealth The first company has pioneered a novel innovation in natural gas technology while the second demonstrated world record energy efficiency in power conversion We believe both technologies will leave industry insiders with their jaws on the floor when announced SW Semiconductors and microprocessors are going deeper into the nano realm What types of innovations are you seeing in this space that will create more powerful chips in the future PH Electronics has been probably the most aggressive industry to commercialize nanotechnology and in truth has been in the nano realm for a decade We re investors in Everspin which leverages spin of an individual electron to form basis for electronic memory We helped lead the company s spinout from Freescale Semiconductor in 2008 and the business has had considerable revenue growth with global customers including Siemens and Emerson SW We are seeing nanotechnology converging with biology What kinds of innovations do you see emerging from the convergence and who are the researchers that are doing the most innovative work in this area PH

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