The MIT · Stanford · UC Berkeley Nano Forum and Swissnex Present

Nanotechnology Applications and Implications
A focus on the health and environmental effects of nanomaterials

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Time: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $20. Free for students with ID.
Location: Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. For directions and map follow this link.

Event Program

Swissnex Environment Dec 7.3.pdf

Distinguished Speakers and Panelists

Annabelle Hett (SwissRe, Switzerland), Christoph Meili (Society of Innovation, Switzerland), Viki Colvin (Professor, Rice University), Heinrich Hofmann (Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Switzerland), Fionna Mowat (Exponent), Anthony Waitz (Quantum Insight), Margarethe Hofmann (Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology), Christine Peterson (Foresight Nanotech Institute), Richard Eckstrom (Buchanan Ingersoll), Robert Haas (Staff Toxicologist, California EPA), Karl Knop (CSEM) and Peter Vettiger (CSEM).


2:00 - 2:05 PM: Welcome by Birgit Woetzel, Swissnex
2:05 - 2:10 PM: Welcome by Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, Conference Chair

Session I: Lessons from the Past and Current Public Perceptions
2:10 - 2:35 pm: Risks and Chances of Emerging Technologies, Annabelle Hett,
SwissRe, Switzerland (20 min talk; 5 min Q&A)
2:35 - 3:00 pm: Nano between hype, hope and hysteria - how to deal with public perception, Christoph Meili, Society of Innovation, Switzerland (20 min talk; 5 min Q&A)

15 min break

Session II: Review Talks on Recent Studies of Nanoparticles and Nanotubes
3:15 - 3:45 pm: Review Talk about conducted and completed nanotube studies, Prof. Viki Colvin, Rice University (20 min talk; 10 min Q&A)
3:45 - 4:15 pm: Nanoparticles for Medical Applications: From Imaging To Gene Therapy, Heinrich Hofmann, Powder Technology Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Switzerland (20 min talk; 10 min Q&A)
4:15 - 4:45 pm: Nanotoxicity: Lessons learnt from other small particles and fibers, Fionna Mowat, Exponent (20 min talk; 10 min Q&A)

15 min coffee and tea break

Session III: 5 - 6 PM: Panel Discussion: Perspectives from Industry and Regulatory Bodies (40 min + 20 min Q&A)
- Anthony Waitz, Managing Partner, Quantum Insight
- Margarethe Hofmann, consultant and President, Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology
- Christine Peterson, Foresight Nanotech Institute
- Richard Ekstrom, Buchanan Ingersoll
- Moderator: Robert Haas, Staff Toxicologist, California EPA

Evening Reception
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Refreshments and Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Presentations followed by networking
Historical and present overview of nano related activities in Switzerland and their actual and future impact in the marketplace, Karl Knop, CSEM.

Evening Keynote Speaker:
Latest developments in the Millipede date storage device and related applications in Life Sciences (Biopede), Peter Vettiger, CSEM and co-founder & former Project leader of the Millipede Project at IBM Rueschlikon

9:00 PM: Session close by Conference Chair


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