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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » October
    in a changing world John Leeuwenburg Global Product Manager Realworld Systems 10 30 11 00 Getting your water utilities ready for the Water 2 0 Biju George Director Greater Cincinnati Water Works 11 00 11 30 John Barelli President WaterSurplus 11 30 Noon Update on Water Technology Innovation Clusters and Key EPA Issues Sally C Gutierrez Director U S EPA s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development Support Program Noon 1 00 Lunch 1 00 2 00 Keynote Environmental Protection History Chemical Treatment Innovation Scott Dyer PhD Principal Scientist The Procter Gamble Company 2 00 2 30 Innovation in Digital Communication Education Community Building Cat Shrier Ph D P G CEO Publisher WaterCitizen Com 2 30 3 00 Maximizing Your Investment in Energy Efficiency Maryanne McGowan CPA CEM Manager Business Strategy Implementation Duke Energy 3 00 3 30 Ken Russell Ph D Executive Director Applied Technology Acceleration Institute Wichita State University 3 30 4 00 Jill Burdette Water Vertical Sales Leader GE Intelligent Platforms 4 00 4 30 Activated Ceramics Dan Page CEO Max Flow Media 4 30 4 45 The State of America s Water Infrastructure 2014 Vincent Caprio Water 2 0 Conference Chair 4 45 Closing Remarks 4 45 6 00 Tour of GE Aviation Centre Post Conference Networking I am looking forward to seeing you at the GE Aviation Centre in Cincinnati Regards Vincent Caprio Founder Executive Director Water Innovations Alliance Foundation vince waterinnovationsfoundation org 203 733 1949 www waterinnovations org You are currently browsing the Vincent Caprio s Blog Evolving Innovations weblog archives for October 2014 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

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » September
    step then they measure the risks identified as best they can to determine the cost of risk transfer through insurance Any business should use a similar process to decide whether to transfer the risk to a qualified insurer or alternatively to retain the risk NanoBCA So it sounds like you are saying that many companies do not do this Mr Gelwick Well we can start by acknowledging that less than 100 nanomaterials have been characterized yet there are in active development Universities where a majority of the research is conducted have proven to be very reluctant to allow independent safety assessments of their nanomaterial laboratory activities Small companies tend to not have the funds necessary to properly assess nanosafety or at least they perceive the cost as too expensive And larger companies like Johnson Johnson tend to be self insured and may or may not have an understanding of the risks including risks to supply chains upon which they rely NanoBCA As you mentioned previously though insurance policies do to some extent currently cover risks associated with nanotechnologies Mr Gelwick Generally the structure of the policies relevant here are classified as occurrence policies which means that if you have a policy for year 2014 then any claim in future years say in 2018 that points to an event in 2014 will be covered by the terms of the policy as it existed in 2014 Note every state has different laws in this regard which creates a level of complexity So for illustration sake if an occurrence policy does not exclude nano then in many states plaintiffs attorneys would be able to sue for every single year under a separate policy for each year that a suspect material was produced This creates a scenario where multiple claims are possible That is why the occurrence coverage trigger vs the claims made coverage trigger presents such significantly different financial consequences NanoBCA So is this scenario bad for the insured or the insurer or both Mr Gelwick Any ambiguity usually works to the benefit of the insured Thus it is commonly believed that this is ultimately a problem for the insurer However the reality is that this scenario will likely hurt the insured more because the company may end up in a situation post claim that it can not find an insurer that will provide coverage at an acceptable cost moving forward from any claims which as mentioned above could also impact exit strategies for investors As claims increase insurers will predictably evolve to either limiting coverage or creating exclusions NanoBCA You make a good point But what claims are out there currently Mr Gelwick Of current significance is the recent hip replacement claims against Johnson Johnson and its subsidiaries These claims account for over 4 billion in offered settlements by Johnson Johnson You can bet that plaintiff attorneys are considering this as a template for future litigation on other products NanoBCA Aren t the insurers incentivized to figure out a way to create a market to sell nano specific policies and to control risks associated therewith Mr Gelwick Yes and they are working on it For starters the reinsurance sector will likely begin inserting and requiring answers to nanomaterial specific questions to assist with the underwriting process This will force the applicant to answer difficult risk questions associated with nanomaterials Since nanomaterials are rarely disclosed yet are commonly incorporated into products it is currently almost impossible for insureds to answer these questions completely Failure to do so however will likely create coverage gaps particularly as it relates to supply chain risk This process will in some instances evolve to create insurance exclusions However where enough understanding and data is available buy back policies or endorsements will likely become available NanoBCA Is there a precedent for this seemingly awkward point in time that we are in with regard to nanotech and insurance Mr Gelwick Most would cite asbestos and the evolution of pollution exclusions but this in my view this is too narrow a focus and assumes the worst when it is more likely that only a limited percentage of nanotechnology will equate to this level of risk In fact nanotechnology will likely help reduce risks in the future as evidenced by nano enabled products that can clean up pollution However I agree with some observers who believe that we are in unchartered territory as the number of new and innovative chemicals not to even mention nanomaterials that have recently been introduced into commerce is growing at a steep exponential rate Risks are not yet known as to most of these Michael Depledge the former Chief Scientific Advisor of the UK Government s Environment Agency gave a presentation on point this June in London at the Royal Institute for EMTECH an emerging fund being created to invest in emerging technologies He offered two slides that from an insurance standpoint help us consider emerging risk from a historical standpoint Those slides illustrated that the lag time from the introduction of any new technology to the adequate recognition and understanding of associated risks is generally about 10 years The number of new chemicals and materials has experienced truly off the charts exponential growth in the 21st Century What the future holds in terms of risk is literally growing faster than we can possibly fathom NanoBCA So how do you manage this increase of unknown risks Mr Gelwick Insurance companies will simply have to increase the size of their reserve funds to offset incurred and unknown risks on these new materials because they may likely have to pay claims on them down the line NanoBCA Any other observations to share regarding the future of nanotechnology risk insurance Mr Gelwick People often ask me if insurers will simply exclude nanotechnology Nanotechnologies have been in the stream of commerce now for over ten years and to date only one insurance company that we know of has put an exclusion on nanotechnology But things are changing rapidly Most insurance companies

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » August
    GE Aviation World Headquarters UPCOMING EVENTS Manufacturing Day Friday October 3 2014 GE 2014 User Summit October 27 30 th 2014 Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Orlando Florida WATER NEWS Previously in my last column for Our Water Counts Water Wise I stated that American water infrastructure repair is a national problem not a regional issue Unfortunately 500 000 residents of Toledo Ohio had to suffer through their own water infrastructure problem The Threats to Our Drinking Water The New York Times Ohio Regulators Aim to Help Water Problem with Fertilizer Licenses The Wall Street Journal Tainted Ohio Water Coming Under Increased Scrutiny Fox News Behind Toledo s Water Crisis a Long Troubled Lake Erie The New York Times Ohio Drinking Water Emergency Not Over Yet USA Today Vancouver Engineers Aim to Serve Safe Water to a Thirsty World The Vancouver Sun Solenis is the New Name for Ashland Water Technologies PR Newswire GE is Building a Fuel Cell Pilot Development and Manufacturing Plant in Saratoga County Albany Business Review Sunset Boulevard Submerged as Burst Water Pipe Sends 30ft Geyser Flying into the Air London Evening Standard GE Intelligent Platforms Blog Pure Water Technology Breaks Guiness World Record Water Technology Magazine We encourage you to become a member of the Sustainable Manufacturer Network Receive the Free Sustainable Manufacturer Network e Magazine Sign Up Now Enjoy the rest of the summer and your water related activities Never take for granted America s water supply We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati Regards Vincent Caprio Executive Director Water Innovations Alliance Foundation 203 733 1949 vince waterinnovationsfoundation org www waterinnovations org www vincentcaprio org NanoBCA Member Phillips of NanoMech Testifies at U S House Subcommittee Hearing Posted on August 21st 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments NanoBusiness Commercialization Association NanoBCA Member Jim Phillips Chairman CEO of NanoMech Inc testified at the U S House Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade on July 29 th 2014 The Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade chaired by Rep Lee Terry R NE held a hearing on Nanotechnology Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation Nanotechnology is science engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale which is approximately 1 to 100 nanometers one nanometer is a billionth of a meter This technology brings great opportunities to advance a broad range of industries bolster our U S economy and create new manufacturing jobs Committee Members heard from several nanotech industry leaders about the current state of nanotechnology and the direction in which it is headed Mr Phillips serves as Chairman and CEO of NanoMech a leading nano engineering and manufacturing company based in northwest Arkansas has a portfolio of international award winning inventions and commercial products including innovations in machining and advanced manufacturing lubrication and energy biomedical implant coatings and strategic military applications Phillips added It s time for America to lead We must capitalize immediately on our great University system our National Labs and tremendous agencies like the National Science Foundation to be sure this unique and best

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » July
    Business to Acquire UK Based Monsal Expands Wastewater Offering and Provides Capabilities to Generate Renewable Energy from Biosolids and Biowaste The Wall Street Journal Nearly Half of Detroit Water Customers Can t Pay Their Bill CBS Detroit 25 Shocking Facts About The Earth s Dwindling Water Resources Zero Hedge Do You Check Expiration Dates GE Intelligent Platforms Blog Forrester Top Technology Trends for 2014 and Beyond Sensors and Devices Draw Ecosystems Together Forbes UPCOMING EVENTS Water Innovations Alliance Foundation Upcoming Event REGISTER TODAY 250 Watts Water Technologies Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call Live Webcast Wednesday July 30 2014 9 AM ET U S Environmental Protection Agency s Design for the Environment DfE Program is announcing two listening session webinars as part of an effort to redesign the current DfE Label The listening sessions are geared toward stakeholders and the opening of an online forum to provide input on possible label design concepts The listening sessions are part of a multi step process to gather partner stakeholder and public input on the designs This feedback will help guide the selection of a new DfE label that better communicates that products meeting EPA s Standard for Safer Products are safer for human health and the environment Learn more about the DfE Safer Product Label Redesign effort at http www epa gov dfe label index htm Register for webinars no later than 11 59 p m EDT on Friday August 1 2014 The webinars will be held on Monday August 4 2014 1 00 2 00pm ET Register https www1 gotomeeting com register 669340361 Tuesday August 5 2014 1 00 2 00pm ET Register https www1 gotomeeting com register 290169128 Manufacturing Day Friday October 3 2014 GE 2014 User Summit October 27 30 th 2014 Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Orlando Florida We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member The annual Individual Membership fee is 100 Enjoy your summer reading See you in the fall Regards Vincent Caprio Executive Director Water Innovations Alliance Foundation 203 733 1949 vince waterinnovationsfoundation org www waterinnovations org www vincentcaprio org NanoBCA News Mid Summer Edition Posted on July 22nd 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments I hope you are enjoying your summer Our nanotechnology community continues to be a driver in America s economy and produce commercialization breakthroughs I hope you have a chance to read through the majority of these articles NANO COMMERCIALIZATION NEWS OCSiAl Unprecedented Deal for Sale of 100kg of SWCNT with ACN of Korea Harris Harris Group Portfolio Company D Wave Systems Closes 28 4 Million Financing IBM Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon Harris Harris Group Invests in UberSeq Inc Why Germany Dominates the U S in Innovation Xanofi Launches Reshaping 3D Cell Scaffold XanoMatrix Flextronics Expands Open Innovation Platform with HzO Technology for Liquid and Corrosion Protection NY Invests 135M in Nanotechnology Initiative with GE Other Companies

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » June
    Act was signed into law by President Bush in December of 2003 Since then the U S Government has spent approximately 20 billion on nanotechnology R D This investment was spread over 9 major U S agencies What do you believe are some of the major accomplishments as they relate to nanobio Dr Gillis There have been so many notable achievements Too many to cover here but let me mention a few that stand out in my mind There was a 2 9 million grant from NIH to fund research at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine for neuro vascular regeneration which has generated great results in that field Another grant was provided in the amount of 6 7 million from BPSRC for research at University College London and Swansea for research in interactive medical devices The Center of Nano Health was established in Wales with a 1 9 million grant from BPSRC And there were another eight or so grants in the range of 30 million for funding other areas of research You mention the signing of the 21 st Century Nanotechnology R D Act in 2003 Neal Lane who is at Rice with me and was the former Provost at Rice and former head of the NSF was very instrumental in getting that legislation passed That legislation set in motion four generations of evolution in nano first the immediate effect of moving from prior 2000 buckeyballs and nanotubes to 2 nd generation 2000 2005 of more active nanoparticles and 3 rd and now 4 th The National Nanotechnology Initiative was absolutely instrumental According a recent article in the journal Nature Nanotechnology there are now some 507 nanotech firms worldwide Two thirds of those are small firms which is where a lot of truly great innovation occurs NanoBCA Often we hear a variety of different opinions about the definition of nanotechnology What s your opinion Dr Gillis From my perspective the definition of nanotechnology is broad and includes many biological innovations because most anything that goes on in a human cell is nature s nanotechnology NanoBCA One of the participating agencies of the NNI is the NIH What are some breakthroughs we can expect from NIH in the next 5 10 years Dr Gillis There have been some very significant advances in therapy and diagnostics which will continue to deliver tremendous results in the years ahead For instance novel techniques developed at Rice and other places that allow for the use of gold nanoshells to kill cancer cells Also advances that allow targeted delivery of cancer drugs to a single cell Breakthroughs in early cancer cell detection will have a profound impact Unfortunately due to woes in the federal budget prospects for increased funding for NIH are not bright and will limit the possibility of breakthroughs However we will certainly continue to see breakthroughs in cancer treatment biomarkers and tissue engineering Lab on a chip is also coming close to a reality Human tissues married with nanowires create a

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » May
    line up of speakers include Making Water Supply Count More by GE s Alan Hinchman Accelerating Change by Christopher Peacock of the Water Innovation Project Brilliant or Balderdash Hunting for Value in Cutting Edge Industrial Water Technologies by Brent Giles of Lux Research Financial Trends in the Water Industry presented by Jim Hurd of GreenScience Exchange Global Growth Strategies for a Water Products Company by Kevin McGovern of The Water Initiative Advanced Materials Innovations in LID Water Treatment Field Data and Economics of LID Performance 2011 2104 by Stephen Spoonamore of ABSMaterials Using On Line Sensors and Event Detection Software for Protection of Source Water by Dan Kroll of the Hach Advanced Technology Group Water Technology Trends Patents Reveal Growth and Opportunity by Scott Anderson of Foley Lardner Water Projects Hot Topics in Finance Innovation with Clifton McCann Gregory Chafee of Thompson Hine Alan Hinchman of GE Intelligent Platforms and Ebie Holst of Clean WaterNet Ltd Other prominent speakers include David Frede from GE Intelligent Platforms Jon Reinke from WaterSurplus Erik Hromadka from Global Water Technologies and Sally Gutierrez from the U S EPA WATER NEWS Water Management Sustainability with Vincent Caprio Life Tips WebmasterRadio FM This is a recent radio interview I had in regard to America s water infrastructure problem CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Hey OEMs How s Your Marriage By Melanie Brittingham Looking forward to seeing you in Naperville IL on May 21 st Regards Vincent Caprio Executive Director Water Innovations Alliance Foundation 203 733 1949 vince waterinnovationsfoundation org www waterinnovations org www vincentcaprio org SPONSORED BY Nanotronics Imaging Becomes Part of NanoBCA for 2014 dc Roundtable Regarding NNI Posted on May 3rd 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments Published on May 2 2014 at 8 02 AM Nanotronics Imaging the leading microscopy and software company joins NanoBusiness Commercialization Association NanoBCA for the 2014 DC Roundtable regarding National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI This will be NanoBCA s 12th visit dating back to 2002 meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the NNI The activities for the day and a half event will be located in downtown Washington DC and Dirksen Senate Office Building The Roundtable commences on Tuesday May 6th at 8 30am and concludes on Wednesday May 7th at 4 00pm To learn more about NNI please visit www nano gov The industrialization of nanotechnology has the broadest ranging ability to transform the way we live For such a large effort the government must understand the applications and work together with the private sector to build the future says Matthew Putman CEO of Nanotronics Imaging This is our 12th visit meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the NNI says Vincent Caprio Executive Director NanoBCA Joining us will be the leading companies in nanotechnology We are delighted that Nanotronics Imaging will join us in our 2014 DC roundtable to urge Congress to pass legislation to continue funding nanotechnology The organization will meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch In addition the

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » April
    to book your reservation http cwp marriott com wasnw nanodcroundtable 304 per night Room block code NANO DC Roundtable Cut off date Monday April 21 2014 We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member The annual Individual Membership fee is 100 We hope you will be able to participate in Harris Harris Group s Meet the Portfolio Day on Wednesday April 30 th and look forward to seeing you in DC on May 6th Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org Network with over 30 Water Industry Companies at Water 2 0 Conference May 20 22 IL Posted on April 8th 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments I would like to introduce you to the FMA s newest Conference Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2 0 Conference May 20 22 2014 Northern Illinois University Naperville Chicago IL This Event serving America s water industry and industrial water users is a partnership of the Sustainable Manufacturer Network and the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation Water 2 0 We would like to welcome John Barelli and his team from WaterSurplus as a new speaker and sponsor of our event As a participant you will be able to network with companies such as GE Hach WaterSurplus The Water Initiative Harbec Inc Crown Equipment Corp Myers Container LLC Total Door Systems Sustainable Research Group LLC Rockwell Collins BlueBeam Software Western Michigan University Covanta National Office Furniture Hawkeye Energy Solutions Digital Lumens Hastings Air Energy Control Inc UL JL Clark Kerry Ingredients Flavours Metcam Inc Steelcase Inc Trimac Industrial Systems GDF Suez Energy Resources Inman Solar Plug Power Lincoln Electric Foley Lardner LLP Thompson Hine Lux Research Inc Water Innovation Project ABSMaterials Inc Global Water Technologies U S EPA REGISTER NOW for the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference Review the Sustainable Manufacturer Water 2 0 Conference AGENDA REGISTER NOW for the Water 2 0 portion of the Conference Looking forward to seeing you in May Regards Vincent Caprio Executive Director Water Innovations Alliance Foundation 203 733 1949 vince waterinnovationsfoundation org www waterinnovations org www vincentcaprio org NanoBCA Announces Agenda for 2014 DC Roundtable May 6 7 Washington DC Posted on April 8th 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments We are very excited to announce our AGENDA for the 12 th Annual NanoBCA 2014 DC Roundtable located in our nation s capitol May 6 7th We will have over 20 speakers from the nanotechnology community We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO OSTP NSF NIST and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI REGISTER TODAY NanoBCA Members No Charge Non NanoBCA Members 250 The theme of this year s Roundtable is The Successes of the National Nanotechnology

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2014 » March
    On March 4th the National Science Foundation unexpectedly announced that they would not fund the Next Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network which would have allowed the NNIN to continue operating its network of shared nanofabrication and characterization facilities Harris Harris Group Announced as Top Ranked High Tech Investor by SBIR Source and as an Investor in Innovation by Forbes com GlobeNewswire The FY 2015 Science Technology R D Budget The President s fiscal year 2015 budget proposes 135 4 billion for Federal research and development R D an increase of 1 7 billion or 1 2 percent over FY 2014 enacted levels Ben Franklin is the 2 nd Most Active Investor in Greater Philadelphia Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania BFTP SEP reported its investment activity ranked in as the 2nd most active investor in Greater Philadelphia in 2013 and 5th most active investor in the nation during Q4 2013 as measured by PwC MoneyTree Are These The VC Firms That Actually Fund Innovation By JJ Colao Forbes We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member The annual Individual Membership fee is 100 We look forward to your participation in the UK and DC Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org Keynote Update Sustainable Manufacturer Water 2 0 Conference May 20 22 Naperville IL Posted on March 27th 2014 in Uncategorized No Comments We are proud to announce the addition of 2 new Keynote Speakers to our dynamic line up for the Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2 0 Conference May 20 22 2014 located at Northern Illinois University in Naperville Chicago IL NEW KEYNOTES Sally C Gutierrez Director U S EPA s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development Support Program Christopher Peacock Founder Water Innovation Project This three day conference and tabletop exhibit organized by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation WIAF and the Fabricators Manufacturers Association International FMA is dedicated to answering the question How do I make my manufacturing operation more sustainable Featuring an array of high quality educational and networking opportunities to sharpen leadership management and technical know how it will bring all the elements a manufacturer needs to know in order to adopt or enhance sustainable practices and efficient water manufacturing technologies together in one location at one time I am very excited about the quality of our Keynote Speakers and Panelists who are participating at our conference Sally Gutierrez and Christopher Peacock will add tremendous value to the discussion on water infrastructure repair See my thoughts on U S water infrastructure repair A slate of expert panelists will present on the topics of waste management diversion lean and green energy efficiency reimagining repurposing energy renewables and more Many sessions will include presentations by end users giving attendees the opportunity to interact with

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