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The NanoBusiness Alliance is the first industry association founded to advance the emerging business of nanotechnology and Microsystems for corporations, start-ups, researchers, universities, investors and a host of other key stakeholders. The Alliance’s mission is to create a collective voice of the emerging small tech industry and develop a range of initiatives to support and strengthen the nanotechnology business community, through public policy efforts, events, research, and through the creation of partnerships.

VISION
The NanoBusiness Alliance seeks to ensure that the United States—its companies, universities and people—are global leaders in the burgeoning nanotechnology field.  And the Alliance ventures to ensure the safe, secure and beneficial use of nanotechnology and nanoscience for all people.

Support the NanoBusiness Alliance
The NanoBusiness Alliance is an active voice for the nanobusiness community.  Our efforts benefit all nanotechnology businesses.  If you would like to support our efforts and play an active role in the Alliance, please consider joining as a full member.  Contact the Alliance at 312-224-8319 for details or click here to register online.

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MISSION
The NanoBusiness Alliance is the first industry association founded to advance the emerging business of nanotechnology and Microsystems for corporations, start-ups, researchers, universities, investors and a host of other key stakeholders. The Alliance’s mission is to create a collective voice of the emerging small tech industry and develop a range of initiatives to support and strengthen the nanotechnology business community, through public policy efforts, events, research, and through the creation of partnerships.

VISION
The NanoBusiness Alliance seeks to ensure that the United States—its companies, universities and people—are global leaders in the burgeoning nanotechnology field.  And the Alliance ventures to ensure the safe, secure and beneficial use of nanotechnology and nanoscience for all people.

Who We Are
The NanoBusiness Alliance is a 501(c)(6) trade organization dedicated to promoting the commercialization of nanotechnology and helping companies bring affordable, life-improving nanotech products to the market. We actively represent our members on Capitol Hill in order to create a positive policy climate for nanotechnology, and also on Wall Street where we draw the attention of the global financial community to this high-potential sector and to our member companies through our NanoBusiness conference.

On the policy front, the industry finds itself at a critical cross-road today. The “21st Century Research and Development Act” which has resulted in an investment of over a billion dollars annually over the past five years in nanotech research is coming up for re-authorization, providing us an opportunity to amend and enhance it. At the same time, many in the non government organization (NGO) community are pressing for precautionary regulation that assumes that nanomaterials are hazardous until proven otherwise. These parties will be pushing to embed new regulatory statutes into law. In addition, overreaching patent reform legislation threatens to significantly devalue nanotech patents. More than ever, we need to engage with and educate lawmakers and find champions within Congress. The Alliance shapes policy in DC through the annual NanoBusiness Alliance Public Policy Tour, through the continual development of relationships with champions in both branches of Congress and through proactive communication with media channels that influence policy. 

On the commercialization front, the industry faces a significant challenge in the so-called “valley of death” created by the inadequate seed and early-stage capital, insufficient understanding of nanotech in the financial community and limited commercial transfer between Fortune 500 companies with challenges and emerging businesses with solutions. The Alliance has created The NanoBusiness Alliance Conference, the premier and longest running business forum where investors, executives and analysts can meet, see presentations from Alliance member companies and build meaningful relationships.

Shaping Policy
Beginning with its stewardship of the original “21st Century Research and Development Act”, the Alliance has established its brand in DC and is the recognized voice of the nanotech industry. The NanoBusiness Alliance Policy Tour is held on Capitol Hill every year and is designed to raise awareness of issues facing the nanotechnology industry among lawmakers and build support for our legislative interests. In past years, we have brought over 50 C level nanotech executives to DC and held over 40 meetings with senior Administration officials and Members of Congress from key committees and agencies including the Senate Commerce Committee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senate Appropriations Committee, House Science Committee, House Ways and Means, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. In past tours, we have met with over 20% of the Senate offices and 5% of the House of Representatives offices, with a particular focus on committee leadership from states in which our attending member companies are based.

As a result of our policy work, the NanoBusiness Alliance is regularly called to testify before Congressional Committees and sought for input on new legislation pertaining to nanotechnology. The Alliance is also approached for comment on policy topics by influential media sources such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the New York Times. Based on their level of involvement with the Alliance, our members play a critical role in shaping our policy positions and whitepapers, both through guidance on the documents and through personal delivery of the key messages at the Policy Tour. 

CURRENT ISSUES BEING ADDRESSED BY THE ALLIANCE INCLUDE

Re-Authorization of the 21st Century Research and Development Act

The NanoBusiness Alliance has been invited by key lawmakers to participate in the re-authorization process through hearings and testimonies on this critical piece of legislation. As we enter this process, the Alliance will be approaching its members to draft a version of the bill that reflects the needs of industry and will subsequently approach nanotech champions in Congress to support the suggested amendments. With over $1.5 billion annually at stake, we have the opportunity to shape the future commercialization of nanotechnology. We will be also be seeking strengthened SBIR and STTR programs, the creation of programs to foster industry collaboration and tax incentives for early-stage investors.

Patent Reform Act of 2007
This pending legislation contains provisions that will create uncertainty and weaken the enforceability of validly issued patents. Some of the proposed reform provisions, such as an expanded apportionment of damages, an indefinite post-grant opposition process, excessive venue restrictions, burdensome and expensive mandatory search requirements, and unworkable interlocutory appeal provisions, pose serious negative consequences for continued innovation and American technological leadership in a competitive global economy. In effect the bill increases the cost of filing a patent while reducing the cost of infringing on one. The Alliance has attended numerous meetings with lawmakers and joined in a coalition with other industry association to address this threat.

Environmental, Health and Safety Debate

The debate over the potential hazard of nanomaterials has become increasingly fraught with NGOs and media sources continuing to push for nano-specific regulations. The Alliance regularly attends and presents at meetings held by the relevant agencies (EPA, FDA, NIOSH etc.) and has highlighted that:

• Nanomaterials are not new and we have been exposed to them for generations

• Nanomaterials diversity makes a “one size fits all” regulation untenable

• Terminology and characterization standards are prerequisites for effective regulation

• Toxicological studies must have well characterized samples, be designed with proper experimental controls, and should communicate how the dosage and exposure tested compare with realistic exposure scenarios.

We have submitted formal comments of whitepapers by the EPA and NIOSH and been asked to submit testimony on the voluntary programs being developed by the agencies. We also actively monitor media sources and respond to articles regarding nanotech safety.

Connecting Problems, Solutions and Capital
The NanoBusiness Alliance Conference is the oldest and most perennially successful business and finance oriented nanotech conference in the U.S. The Alliance has located this conference in New York City, the financial capital of the world, to emphasize the importance and impact of technological innovation as a key driver for global economic growth and business development. The conference has served as a world-class forum for member companies seeking to showcase their products and technologies. The conference offers:

Unparalleled Networking
The conference attracts hundreds of business leaders, investors, venture capitalists, analysts, scientists and government officials. Our attendees, like our speakers, are typically “C-Level” Officers, Partners, Directors and Division Heads – the key decision-makers and strategists for their organizations. By gathering them under one roof, The NanoBusiness Alliance Conference is the most efficient and effective forum for finding and making business deals and developing meaningful new relationships. Past corporate keynote speakers for our conferences have included the Chief Technology Officers of Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments and DuPont, as well as Executives Vice Presidents from GE, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer, Motorola and FEI. We have also had keynote addresses from high profile investors such as Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and billionaire investor Wilbur L. Ross Jr.

Prime Media Coverage
By choosing to hold the conference in the financial capital of the world and bringing together leaders in innovation, we have consistently attracted the attention of the business media. For two consecutive years our conference has received extensive onsite coverage from CNBC. We have also received coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0 and the New York Times. Last year, select members joined us at the end of the conference to ring the closing bell of the NASDAQ stock exchange as industry representatives.

Commercialization Focused Agenda
The NanoBusiness Conference focuses on showcasing products and applications and discussing the challenges and solutions to commercializing nanotechnology. Rather than highly technical presentations, the conference features executives discussing their businesses, the commercial potential of their technologies, the markets they are addressing and the strategies they have found successful.

Staying Power
The NanoBusiness Alliance Conference remains the premier nanotechnology industry event, while more than 200 others nanotech shows have come and gone. Now in its 7th year, the NanoBusiness Alliance Conference remains committed to innovation, the nanotech community, and to the ongoing goal of forging closer ties between small-tech and Wall Street.

In addition to our national conference, the NanoBusiness Alliance also holds regional conferences around the country. All members are eligible for discounts to Alliance hosted events.

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The NanoBusiness Alliance is a (501)(c)(6) trade organization.