6th Annual Rice Alliance Nanotechnology Venture Forum

Event Date: 1/25/2007
Event Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: McNair Hall, Jones Graduate School

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See the most promising early-stage nanotechnology-related technology companies. Meet leading venture capitalists. Hear about cutting-edge research.

The Forum is the leading conference at which to learn about emerging nanotechnology companies. Over 500 attendees participated in 2006. Plus, emerging nanotechnology companies from all aspects of the nanotechnology industry will showcase their technologies at the forum.

For More Information: 6th Annual Nanotechnology Venture Forum brochure  


8:00 am - Registration
9:00 am - Nanotechnoloy 101: An Overview of Nanotechnology for the Rest of Us
Dr. Jim Tour, Rice University
Dr. Vicki Colvin, Rice University
11:00 am - Updates from Leading Nanotech Companies
Noon - Lunch & Networking
1:00 pm - Keynote Presentation
Thomas B. Pickens III, Managing Partner, Texas Nanotech Ventures
2:00 pm - Venture Capital/Investor Panel
3:15 pm - Dr. Mauro Ferrari, UTHSC - Houston
4:00 pm - Updates from Leading Nanotech Companies
5:00 pm - Technology Company Showcase & Networking Reception

Cost: $50 advance registration by Noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2007; $60 late registration. No Charge for 2006-2007 Rice Alliance members and full-time Rice faculty, staff, and students.

The Forum is co-hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Rice Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN).

Keynote Speaker:
Thomas B. (“Tom”) Pickens III
Managing Director,
Texas Nanotech Ventures

Tom Pickens, son of oil legend T. Boone Pickens, is the Founder and Managing Director of Texas Nanotech Ventures. Texas Nanotech Ventures will be a $100 million fund, focusing on investing in promising nanotechnology companies.

Pickens is also the Managing Partner and founder of Tactic Advisors, Inc. (“Tactic”) a company that specializes in corporate turnarounds on behalf of creditors and investors aggregating over $20 billion in value. Mr. Pickens has founded and served as Chairman and CEO for dozens of companies during the startup, growth and turnaround phases of a company’s lifecycle specializing in “value creation” that others have failed to identify and execute.

Other Speakers:
Dr. James M. Tour, Rice University

“Nanotechnology: An Overview of the Potential Impact and Opportunities” Dr. Tour is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of nanotechnology. He holds 34 patents and has published over 300 articles. His work has resulted in the formation of several nanotechnology start-up companies. Earlier this fall, Tour was selected as the Innovator of the Year in Small Times magazine's Best of Small Tech Research Award competition. He is the co-founder of NanoComposites.

Dr. Tour is Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor of computer science and director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory in Rice's Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Dr. Mauro Ferrari
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
“Nanomedicine: How Nanotechnology will Revolutionize Medicine”
Dr. Ferrari is a founder and leading authority of the field of biomedical nanotechnology, especially as it pertains to drug delivery, cell transplantation, implantable bioreactors, and other innovative therapeutic modalities. In these fields, he has published more than 100 papers and 2 books. Dr. Ferrari is the inventor of more than 20 issued patents, with about 30 more pending in the United States and internationally. His work has resulted in four biomedical start-up companies.

Currently, Dr. Ferrari serves as: Professor, Brown Institute of Molecular Medicine, Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX., Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston TX., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX. and President, the Texas Alliance for NanoHealth, Houston TX.

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