Tuesday, March 12, 2013
3:30 - 5:30pm
Location:University of Pittsburgh, Joseph Katz School of Business,
Mervis Hall Classrooms 104 and 115
335 Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The PA NanoCenter has convened the following leaders to represent the Advanced Materials industry sector and steer the discussion on 3 specific areas:

  • Matt Bootman, CEO of Crystalplex
  • Mike Gallagher, Director, Public Sector Business, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
  • Leoné Hermans-Blackburn, Executive Director, PA NanoMaterials Commercialization Center
  • Bob Kumpf, Chief Operating Officer, Plextronics, Inc.
  • Carlo Pantano, Director of Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Matthew Sanfillipo, Executive Director of ICES Carnegie Mellon University

The session will be moderated by Brian Kennedy, VP of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the Pittsburgh Technology Council

1. Explore with details a key idea (within the sector ecosystem) that will propel the sector and what role the federal government should play.

2. Explain in detail any barriers regulatory, policy or otherwise that exist today that if removed by the federal government could change the dynamics of the sector – that barrier can exist in any area of the ecosystem.

3. Explore some working best practices that are good examples of programs or activities that should be nationalized to enable the Advanced Materials sector to grow successfully.

The session aims to:

  • Engage the DC contingency, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government officials, angel investors, funding innovators and academics in a public – private forum.
  • Generate bold ideas to advance the innovative entrepreneurial community.
  • Identify how to foster sustainable growth in Advanced Materials industry sector. ( Other sessions include Life Sciences, Health Care, Manufacturing, Energy, Young Entrepreneurship, High Tech Innovation, Information Tech and Urban Entrepreneurship, Advanced Tech and Mfg., Chemical, Women and Minority Entrepreneurship.)
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss tools that optimize small business innovators and government relationships through the impact of accelerators, and emerging capital strategies.

Venture Out 2012: FORE Systems Reunion
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
3:45pm - 6:00pm
Location: Pittsburgh, PA - Left Field Event Space

This session of Venture Out will feature former FORE Systems founders and execs. This team helped build the company from a CMU spin out to a $4.5 billion exit, marking it as one of Pittsburgh most prominent success stories. Learn how they navigated their growth in Pittsburgh (including raising capital and building their team), what they learned along the way, and the effects they have had on Pittsburgh’s current entrepreneurial community.The session will be moderated by Craig Heryford, Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Greener Nano 2012: Nanoinformatics Tools and Resources Workshop
Monday, July 30, 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon

The quantity of information on nanomaterial properties and behavior continues to grow exponentially. Without a concerted effort to organize and mine disparate information coming out of current research efforts, the value and effective use of this information will be limited at best. At worst, erroneous conclusions will be drawn and data will not be translated to knowledge. Nanoinformatics inherently supports a community-based approach to filter the noise and enhance the value of global information in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

SEMI Strategic Materials Conference
October 23-24, 2012
Location: San Jose, CA

SMC 2012 offers presentations— from leading market analysts, academic researchers, industry consortiums, leading manufacturers, and top suppliers—with an innovative interactive and track-based format. The conference also serves as a valuable forecasting tool and an accelerator for advanced materials usage in the electronics industry.

SSTI's 16th Annual Conference
October 29-30, 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA

SSTI is a national, nonprofit organization that leads supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation. As the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development, SSTI offers the information and services that are needed to help build innovation economies.

For more information, click here!

Executive Briefing Series:

None are scheduled at this time. Please check back at a later date.

Past Executive Briefing Series:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
"Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Buildings" - at PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center

Friday, June 3, 2011
"Regulation of Nanotechnology
" - at RJ Lee Group, Inc.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
"Future Capabilities for the Nation's Military Through Nanotechnology" - at Alcoa Technical Center

Nano Center Impact