NanoBusiness Alliance Completes Public Policy Tour of Washington, DC; Three-Day Tour Included Participation in Senate Committee Hearing and Meetings with Numerous Senators, Members of Congress
"In meeting after meeting over three days in Washington, DC, it became apparent that the federal government clearly grasps the almost limitless potential of nanotechnology to transform business and society, improving quality of life while creating new educational and employment opportunities," said Sean Murdock, Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance. "That America currently leads the world in nanotech development is testimony to the tremendous bi-partisan support we have received in DC. We applaud our government leaders for their vision and action, and although there is considerable work ahead to maintain our global leadership, the reception we received on this Policy Tour is proof positive that we have a true partner in the US government."
“There is a great deal of excitement on Capitol Hill regarding the promise of nanotechnology, but there is equal concern about regulation, education and environmental, health and safety issues”
"I greatly enjoyed speaking with the NanoBusiness Alliance last week about the importance of America's leadership and competitiveness on technology issues," said Senator George Allen (R-VA). "The potential for nanotechnology and the exciting work taking place in the field of nanoscience are by all accounts revolutionary and, as the technology matures, it will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on our daily lives. In the Senate, I will continue to be a strong advocate and supporter of the development of nanotechnology for the advancement of business, education, medicine and jobs in America."
"There is a strategic opportunity for American workers and businesses that we cannot afford to miss," said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). "That's why I worked with Senator Allen to pass the 21st Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, and that law is accelerating our country's nanotechnology research efforts. But there remains much work to be done to ensure that the United States will continue to be a leader in nanotechnology. These challenges can only be met with a strong business-government partnership, and I look forward to continuing our work with the NanoBusiness Alliance to boost nanotechnology efforts in Oregon and nationwide."
"Nanotechnology has enormous potential, and we have an opportunity now to make the investment in research not only on its applications but also its environmental, health and safety implications," noted House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY). "I look forward to working with associations, such as the NanoBusiness Alliance, the Administration, and other members of Congress as we move forward in this area."
House Science Committee Ranking Member Bart Gordon (D-TN) noted, "Nanotechnology has near limitless potential to enrich lives, advance innovation and keep America competitive in the global marketplace. I congratulate the NanoBusiness Alliance for their efforts to spread the word about the potential benefits of nanotechnology and also for their support and encouragement of research on the environmental, health and safety aspects of the technology, which is necessary for achieving its full potential."
Senators George Allen (R-VA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Bart Gordon (D-TN) are among nanotechnology's most prominent and vocal supporters on Capitol Hill and, as such, were recipients of the first-ever "NanoBusiness Alliance Nanotechnology Pioneer Awards," which were presented during meetings by Sean Murdock.
In addition, Dr. John Marburger, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, highlighted the Administration's commitment to leadership, which echoed the position expressed by National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office (NNCO) Director Dr. Clayton Teague, as well as representatives from nearly all National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) member agencies, who asserted their eagerness to work with the business community to ensure that the Federal government's investment in nanoscience translates into the commercialization of products and creation of jobs.
"There is a great deal of excitement on Capitol Hill regarding the promise of nanotechnology, but there is equal concern about regulation, education and environmental, health and safety issues," Mr. Murdock continued. "Our meetings last week continued our long-standing working relationship with our government leaders. We look forward to working together further to address these issues, and to ensure that the United States remains the dominant force in nanotechnology on the global landscape."
The NanoBusiness Alliance will continue its important dialog on issues related to public policy, commercialization, education, and environmental, health and safety issues at its fifth annual NanoBusiness 2006 Conference, being held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City May 17-19. For conference information, please visit http://www.nanobusiness2006.com.
About The NanoBusiness Alliance
The NanoBusiness Alliance is the industry association for the emerging nanotechnology industry. Through its extensive network of leading startups, Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and public-private partnerships, the Alliance shapes nanotechnology policy and helps accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology innovations. The NanoBusiness Alliance has offices in New York, Chicago, Connecticut and Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.nanobusiness.org.