After all the hooplah, what has nanotechnology done for you lately? After 10 years of investments, it's time to take inventory of what has been accomplished in nanotechnology to date. What is being done that is being called nanotechnology and what is being done that is truly nanotechnology? What is new and what is really only a re-packaging of old technologies as nanotechnology? How many people know that nanotech successes, such as DIP from TI used in projectors and the acceleration sensor made by Analog Devices for activation of airbags, are actually 20 year old technologies. These technologies were developed by large corporations; not Nano-startups. But let's hear from the experts and determine what breakthrough nanotech products are finally ready and which ones remain fata morgana.
January 15, 2007
5:00PM -9:00PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:00PM-6:00PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:00PM-7:00PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:00PM-7:30PM Poster Session/ Break
7:30PM-8:30PM Panel Discussion
Topic:"Nanotechnology, the promise and its Fruition"
8:30PM-9:00PM Poster Session/ Networking

Moderator: J. Christopher Moran
VP, General Manager
Applied Ventures, LLC


J. Christopher "Chris" Moran is responsible for the development and management of Applied Ventures' investments in early stage, privately held companies. Most recently, Mr. Moran served as vice president and division general manager of the Applied Materials Mask Products Division. Prior to that, Mr. Moran was vice president of Corporate Marketing from 1999-2005. Since joining Applied Materials in 1984, Mr. Moran has held a number of leadership positions in division management, product management and marketing and engineering. He also served as general manager of the Metal Etch Division, Etch Product Business Group. He was instrumental in directing Applied to single-wafer etching, and built the group to a $600 million business level as general manager. Mr. Moran is the holder of 7 US patents in the areas of robotics, automation and process engineering. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Moran served as a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Co., and Atari Computer Corporation. Mr. Moran received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Panelist: Dr. William F. Miller
Founder and Chairman
Nanostellar,Inc. and Lumiette, Inc.


Dr. William F. Miller has spent about half of his professional life in business and about half in academia. He was the last faculty member recruited to Stanford University by the legendary Frederick Terman who was then Vice President and Provost of Stanford. Dr. Miller later took Terman’s position at Stanford where he conducted research and directed many graduate students in Computer Science.
In 1968 Dr. Miller also played a role in the founding of the first Mayfield Fund as a special limited partner and advisor. As President and CEO of SRI International (1979-1990) he established the spin-out and commercialization program at SRI and the David Sarnoff Research Center (now the Sarnoff Corporation) as a for-profit subsidiary of SRI where he became the Chairman and CEO.
He has served on the board of directors of several major companies such as Signetics, Wells Fargo Bank, PG&E, and Varian Associates. He co-founded SmartValley,Inc. and aided the formation of CommerceNet and serves on the board of directors.
  Panelist: Jonathan Trent, PhD
Senior Scientist
NASA Ames Research Center


After receiving his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Trent spent six years in Europe at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the University of Paris at Orsay in France. He returned to the U.S.A. to work at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School for two years before establishing a biotechnology group at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1998 he moved to NASA Ames Research Center to be part of NASA’s Astrobiology program and established the Protein Nanotechnology Group in 1999. In addition to working at NASA, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz and is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Panelist: Stuart Parkin, Ph.D.
Fellow and Manager, Magnetoelectronics Group


Stuart Parkin, Ph.D. is an experimental physicist, IBM Fellow and manager of the Magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California. He is also a consulting professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University and director of the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center, which was formed in 2004. Dr. Parkin's research interests include organic superconductors, high-temperature superconductors, and, most recently, magnetic thin film structures and spintronic materials and devices for advanced sensor, memory, and logic applications. His discoveries have been critical in enabling recent increases in the data density and capacity of computer hard-disk drives. Most recently, Dr. Parkin is working on a novel storage class memory device which could replace both hard disk drives and many forms of conventional solid state memory. Parkin has authored more than 350 papers and has more than 60 issued patents. Over the course of his career, he has received many honors, including the Humboldt Research Award (2004) and the 1999-2000 American Institute of Physics Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He has also received many honorary doctorates and is a fellow of numerous societies. In 2001, he was named R&D Magazine’s first Innovator of the Year and in October 2007 was awarded the Economist Magazine’s “No Boundaries” Award for Innovation.
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