Top Nanotechnology Events Join Forces: NanoCommerce and SEMI NanoFourm Unite


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TOP NANOTECHNOLOGY EVENTS JOIN FORCES:
NanoCommerce AND SEMI NanoForum UNITE

Create Dominant Nanotechnology Business and Technical Conference and Expo

SAN JOSE, Calif., Ann Arbor, Mich. and Chicago, Ill. – April 20, 2005 – The premier industry and nanotechnology organizations, SEMI, Small Times Media, and the NanoBusiness Alliance are combining their leading conferences into one showcase event – NanoCommerce/NanoForum 2005. Attendees will benefit from the integration of the best of both events – the commercialization focus of NanoCommerce and the technical business integration emphasis of NanoForum. NanoCommerce/NanoForum will be held November 1-3, 2005 at the McCormick Place and Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago.

As in past years, NanoCommerce/NanoForum 2005 will bring together the leading nanotechnology business and technology leaders from around the world representing the entire supply chain of nanotechnology manufacturing. This includes corporate and start-up executives from nanotechnology manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and service providers.

“The goal of NanoForum was to identify new growth opportunities beyond semiconductors and displays for the materials, metrology and process tools that enable nano-manufacturing and NanoCommerce provided the cross-industry centric perspective we were looking for. Our members wanted a forum to develop new business relationships. This combination provides the exact audience composition to make these relationships possible. It is a perfect fit,” said Stanley Myers, SEMI president and chief executive officer.

“By combining the audiences of both events, we will be able to create an even greater opportunity for our participants to find partners and customers, which has been a critical component of NanoCommerce’s success,” said Patti Glaza, Small Times Media CEO.

“Collectively, the NanoBusiness Alliance, Small Times Media and SEMI are uniquely positioned to bring together all of the key players – from the start-ups and the titans of industry, to the scientists and to the world of finance - to capitalize on nanotech’s potential and bring its applications to the marketplace," said Sean Murdock, executive director of the NanoBusiness Alliance.

The first two days will be devoted to strategic discussions, including deeper dives into specific markets including bio/medical, electronics/telecom, materials, energy, consumer products/transportation and aerospace/defense. The third day will be devoted to technical development and integration topics, including deposition, metrology, photolithography, etch, surface conditioning and implant diffusion/anneal.

For more information about NanoCommerce/NanoForum 2005 call Kelli Felker at Small Times Media at 734.528.6263 (kellifelker@smalltimes.com) or Terry Berke at SEMI at 512.241.4070.

About Small Times Media
Small Times Media is the leading source of business information and analysis on micro and nanotechnology. The company offers market research through its EmTech Research division, plus full industry news coverage through its publications. Small Times Media’s business trade magazine, Small Times, and weekly e-mail newsletter reach more nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems business decision makers than any other publication. Its daily news Web site, www.smalltimes.com, garners more than 220,000 visitors each month from all over the world. Small Times Media is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. For more information, visit www.smalltimesmedia.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, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.nanobusiness.org.

About SEMI
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology, materials and services to make semiconductors, flat panel displays (FPDs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and nano-scale structures. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit SEMI at www.semi.org.

SEMI Contact:
Terry Berke
Director, Central Region
512. 241.4070
tberke@semi.org

Small Times Media Contact
Kelli Felker
Vice President, Events and Marketing

734.528.6263
kellifelker@smalltimes.com

Agency Contact:
Laura Alvarado
Account Coordinator
512.457.9400
alvaradol@loomisgroup.com

NanoBusiness Alliance Contact:
Sean Murdock
Executive Director
312.593.0293
sean@nanobusiness.org