NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum™ to Host First Emerging NanoBusiness Showcase


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NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum™ to Host First Emerging NanoBusiness Showcase

Showcase to Highlight Innovative Developments in Nanotechnology

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 19, 2005 – SEMI, the NanoBusiness Alliance and Small Times Media today announced the first Emerging NanoBusiness Showcase (ENBS), which will be held in conjunction with the NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum in Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 1–3. The ENBS is a novel conference platform that combines technical content and company presentations by 20 jury-selected participants. The objective of ENBS is to introduce revolutionary technologies, innovative applications and compelling commercialization strategies while providing presenters with increased exposure to potential funding sources, new customers and business partners.

Companies chosen to participate in the ENBS were qualified by a distinguished panel of experts and business leaders, including venture capitalists and corporate business development executives, from companies such as the Oregon Nanoscience and Microelectronics Institute, DFJ Portage and Deloitte Services, among others.

“Over the past five years, there has been an overwhelming surge in nanotech research and development, and now companies are beginning to introduce revolutionary and viable nanotechnologies to market,” said Robert D. “Skip” Rung, president and executive director at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microelectronics Institute. “I am excited to be part of an event that is responsible for uniting the foremost global nanotechnology business and technology leaders in the spirit of collaboration and innovation.”

ENBS participants are each given a 15 minute session on the ENBS stage to discuss their technologies and strategies. Participants in the 2005 ENBS include:

AcryMed, Inc.
Aetos technologies, Inc.
Applied thin Films, Inc.
Arryx, Inc.
Ascend Instruments, LLC
BioForce Nanosciences, Inc.
Cima NanoTech, Inc.
Clear Edge Power
Exitech, Inc.
MolecularDiamond Technologies

MysticMD Inc.
Nanodisc Inc.
Nanometrix, Inc.
Nanophase Technologies Corp.
NanoSense Technologies
Nanotope, Inc.
PicoCal Inc.
PowerMetal Technologies
Qucor Pty Ltd
QuesTek Innovations LLC

“We chose these companies to take part in the ENBS because they are leading innovators with technologies that represent the potential of what nanotechnology can achieve,” said Lubab Sheet, senior director of nanotechnology at SEMI. “The ENBS provides these companies with a dedicated forum to present and discuss new nano technologies, applications and strategies that will help shape this developing industry.”

The Emerging NanoBusiness Showcase will be held during the NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum between November 1–3 at the Hyatt McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. For more information about the Emerging NanoBusiness Showcase, please contact Sara Wagner, swagner@semi.org. All Hyatt McCormick Place rooms are sold out, so for alternative hotel reservations and information, please contact the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 312.565.1234.

About NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum 2005
Sponsored by SEMI, the NanoBusiness Alliance and Small Times Media, NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum 2005 represents a partnership of two premier nanotechnology events. It is the only nanotech event in the world that is focused on the commercialization of nanotech applications across industry sectors. NanoCommerce/SEMI NanoForum 2005 unites nanotechnology business and technology leaders by breaking across traditional industry boundaries to explore new growth opportunities and to create the next generation of companies that will dominate Wall Street and change the way we live.

About SEMI
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

About 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 Small Times Media
Small Times Media was purchased in September 2005 by PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company. Small Times Magazine remains the leading source of business news and analysis about the small tech industry, which includes nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems. Its circulation is now free to qualified subscribers around the world in both print and digital form. In addition to its news services (Small Times magazine, SmallTimes.com, Small Times Direct, Small Tech Advantage), SmallTimes/PennWell also offers custom research services on demand for government agencies, companies and financial services. The research is based on Small Tech Census™ data, which built the most extensive and accurate database in the industry. The directory is provided online as an industry service at SmallTechDirectory.com. Small Times also organizes the leading nanotechnology business conference and trade show in North America, NanoCommerce.

SEMI Contact:
Scott Smith
PR Manager
408.943.7957
ssmith@semi.org

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

Small Times Media Contact:
Kelli Felker
Vice President, Events and Marketing
734.528.6263
kellifelker@smalltimes.com

Agency Contact:
Steven Wright-Mark
Executive Vice President, Schwartz PR
212-677-8700, ext. 29
steven@schwartzpr.com