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Volume 6, No. 7, April 13, 2012

Nano 2012 Conference To Be Held April 23

Members of the Rensselaer community are invited to take part in a one-day conference titled Nano 2012, being held at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and Bawa Biotech LLC (Ashburn, Va.). This year marks the 10th anniversary of this event.

Nano 2012 is an international multidisciplinary conference that explores commercialization opportunities of nanotechnology, medicine, pharma, biotechnology, and related science and engineering fields. Ethical, business, FDA and patent law issues also will be examined to ensure a fruitful future for the science of manipulating and building at the molecular level.

The conference will offer networking opportunities to researchers, engineers, physicians, ethicists, environmental scientists, intellectual property practitioners, lawyers, business professionals, technology transfer specialists, policy makers, and venture capitalists.  Keynote presentations will be made by Robert Linhardt, the Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering, and by Rensselaer Board of Trustees member Tom Baruch ’60, J.D., founder and managing director, Baruch Future Ventures LLC. A light lunch will be served, and a networking reception will follow the conference.

The “International Journal of Nanomedicine Student Achievement Award” will be presented to two students at the conference by Dr. Tom Webster of Brown University on behalf of Dove Medical Press. There will be two awards, each in the amount of $500. The competition is open to graduate students, medical fellows, and postdoctoral fellows globally. The winners will present their research in a short presentation. To be considered for this award, send an email to conference chair Raj Bawa ’90 at, and include the following: a brief biography/CV; full contact information; letter of support from your adviser/department chair; one-page research description; and copies of publications that pertain to this research.

The conference will be held on Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to Rensselaer alumni, faculty, staff, and students; others are $20 per person. The conference is limited to the first 200 registrants. If you have questions, contact Kathy Kinsey in the Office of Alumni Relations at or (518) 276-2832, or the conference chair, Raj Bawa ’90, at or (703) 582-1745.

For a copy of the full conference program, and to register, visit

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