Next week, the Forbes | Wolfe Nanotech Forum in Albuquerque (December 10 and 11 at the Embassy Suites) will have an impressive line-up of speakers from the nanotech research and business worlds, highlighting the opportunities presented by groups such as CINT, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, right here in New Mexico.
Markets & Molecules: Inventing the Future. Investing in Nanotech.
Nanotechnology — controlling matter at the molecular level — is sparking a wave of innovation in everything from everyday clothing to cutting edge materials like "invisibility cloaks."
Battery-powered fabrics that will enable soldiers to plug electronic devices into their uniforms, medical treatments that target cancerous cells with minimal side effects and materials lighter than steel that possess ten times as much strength are no longer just hype; nor are they breakthroughs that will take decades to materialize. As the pace of invention quickens, technological discoveries are accelerating change and creating opportunity for nimble startups and wreaking havoc on incapacitated incumbents.
Breakthroughs that were once science fiction are now science fact. Inventions such as stain-proof clothing, solar cells printed on plastic, and memory chips thousands of times smaller, cheaper and more powerful have electrified the investment world and are set to disrupt old blue-chip companies. Once "stealth" companies such as A123 Systems, Nanosys and Cambrios are readying to step into the spotlight and high-flying venture capitalists are placing their multi-million dollar bets. As global spending on nanotech R&D continues to grow, exceeding an estimated $12 billion in 2006, who is reaping the rewards and how can you — whether an institutional or individual investor, company executive or board member — position yourself accordingly?
At this groundbreaking inaugural forum, you will:
More information at the Forbes | Wolfe Nanotech Forum site.
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Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131