Tapping into the nanotech market

This week in business

Microscopic technology and its novel applications focus of discussion

Hopkins neuroscientist to speak at GBC

April 19, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Nanotechnology will be a $1 trillion market by 2015, the National Science Foundation estimates.

But what is nanotechnology? And is this burgeoning market the next big thing or just hype?

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council will seek to take the mystery out of nanotechnology with "Nanotechnology: From Science Fiction to Reality" from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys in Baltimore. The panel discussion will look at the impact of nanotechnology on Maryland businesses, industry and academia.

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular levels for industrial or medical use. It can be used to create stickier adhesives, spill-resistant clothing -- particularly pants -- and balls that bounce higher.

"The applications are everything from the space age to tennis balls," Penny Lewandowski, the council's executive director.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Chris Foster, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development. Panelists include Pat O'Shea, director of the Institute for Electronics and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park; Steve Riojas, a senior vice president at the M&W Zander Inc. engineering firm; and Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

"Maryland is very well-positioned, with the [National Security Agency] in our backyard," Lewandowski said.

For more information, visit www.gbtechcouncil.org or call GBTC at 410-327-9148.

Other events this week include:

Monday: Democratic U.S. Rep. Benjamin Cardin will discuss "The Future of U.S. Influence in Europe" at 6 p.m at the Baltimore World Trade Center. The session is sponsored by the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. Call 410-727-2150 or visit http://www.bcfausa.org/dsp/cardin.html for more information.

Tuesday: Market your business or learn about other area businesses at the 2004 Multi-Chamber Trade Show at Laurel Park race track from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A networking breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Participating organizations include the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, West Anne Arundel County Chamber and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.chambershow.biz for more information.

Dr. Shiraz I. Mishra, associate professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, will lead an interactive seminar on community-based participatory research. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, the event will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m at Hampton House, 624 N. Broadway. For more information, call 410-955-6888 or send an e-mail to hjoseph@jhsph.edu.

Wednesday: The Hunt Valley Business Forum is holding its monthly roundtable meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Loyola Graduate Center in Timonium. Visit www.hvbf.org/events.htm for more information.

The Greater Baltimore Committee is presenting a workshop on "Gaining Access to Surety Bonding" for small and minority-owned businesses from 4 to 7 p.m. at the GBC, 111 S. Calvert St. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or visit http://www.gbc.org/Events/042104-btgworkshop.html.

Thursday: The Tech Council of Maryland is sponsoring a seminar -- "Mergers & Acquisitions: Growing, Segmenting or Reorganizing Your Business" -- from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins University in Rockville. Speakers include Neil Campbell of EntreMed Inc., John Coker of BioReliance Corp. and Jeff Church of Genvec Inc. Visit http://www.mdhitech.org/Calendar/html/34 2.html for more information.

Dr. Solomon Snyder, head of the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will speak from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Greater Baltimore Committee, 111 S. Calvert St. The session is part of the GBC's 2004 Bioscience Series. Snyder's discoveries have led to the development of such drugs as Prozac and Viagra. Call 410-727-2820 or visit http://www.gbc.org/Events/042204-biotechseries2.html for more information.

The University of Baltimore is sponsoring a dialogue on "Revitalizing Baltimore through Public-Private Partnerships" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UMB's Thumel Business Center. For more information, call 410-837-6131 or visit http://www.ubalt.edu/yalegordon/rosenberg_schools.html.

Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide will hold a Mobile A/C Update 2004 Clinic from 6 to 9:30 p.m at the Caton Auto Clinic, 6009 Baltimore National Pike. Visit www.macsw.org for more information.

Friday: Small-business and home business owners are invited to the "BTG Seminar on Software Selections" sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the chamber's offices in Laurel. For more information, call 301-725-4000 or visit www.baltwashchamber.org.

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