Getting in on the Ground Floor of Nanotechnology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/April 17, 2003
Contact: WPI Venture Forum, +1-508-831-5075

Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 6-9 p.m.
WPI, Campus Center Odeum

WORCESTER, MA (April 17, 2003) - The field of nanotechnology demands the expertise and concerted efforts of a multidisciplinary team, including research scientists, biologists, chemists, physicists, and mechanical and electrical engineers. While nanotechnology broadly refers to a range of activities at the atomic and molecular levels, the field is advancing from pure science to applied technology. On Tuesday, May 13, the WPI Venture Forum will feature some of the best talent in the area of nanotechnology. W. Grant McGimpsey, PhD, Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering at the WPI Bioengineering Institute, will take a look at this exploding field.

After Professor McGimpsey's presentation, a panel of experts will discuss nanotechnology and its application in industry, from research lab to end product. Four areas will be discussed: nano-medicine, nano-optics, molecular electronics, and alternative fuels. Panelists will address such questions as, “As an entrepreneur, how can I tap into nanotechnology opportunities,” “Where do I go to stay attuned to nanotechnology developments,” and “As an investor, where do I find nanotech companies in which to invest?”

The WPI Venture Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at the Odeum Campus Center on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration cost is $10 individual, annual, and lifetime members; and $20 nonmembers.

About the Speakers

W. Grant McGimpsey, PhD, is Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering at the WPI Bioengineering Institute, a member of the steering committee of the Massachusetts Nanotechnology Initiative, and founder of Cyclic Biosystems. He is currently on leave from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is studying centrosomal proteins and their role in cell division and cancer. Professor McGimpsey received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Queen's University and spent several years as a research scientist at the National Research Council in Canada. In 1989, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on nanotechnology, molecular scale devices, micro- and nano-fluidics, and biosensors. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Petroleum Research Fund, and Bayer Diagnostics currently fund his research program.

David Arthur, COO of Eikos, Inc., will serve on the panel. He has more than 20 years experience in R&D, marketing, and general management while serving at Rogers Corp., A.T. Cross Company, Helix Technology Corp., and Eikos, Inc. He has a strong track record commercializing new technology and has created several new businesses and helped them diversity and grow. Mr. Arthur holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts, an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Northeastern.

George Kachen, PhD, Vice President of Business Development for Triton Systems, Inc., will also serve on the panel. Triton is a leading materials product and process development firm dedicated to creating innovative products in emerging materials markets. Using a cross-functional team of researchers, engineers, and technicians, Triton explores the performance potential of new materials concepts, such as hybrid composites and micro- and nano-scale engineering of materials properties, i.e. nanocomposites.


About the WPI Venture Forum

The WPI Venture Forum was created in 1990 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and to serve those who engage in technology- based entrepreneurial enterprises by providing advice, support and education tailored to meet their needs. The forum fosters entrepreneurship through such activities as monthly programs, a business plan contest, a weekly radio show on News Radio WTAG (Saturdays, 5-7 pm, 580am), and a monthly newsletter.

The Venture Forum, as part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Department of Management at WPI, serves individuals who are seeking to begin their own technology-based businesses; founders, presidents, and senior managers of start-up or early-stage companies; senior managers of companies that are restarting or making a transition for one mode of operation to another; and employees leaving large companies due to a reduction in force or to start businesses.