PRESS RELEASE: JULY
CRN to Host Molecular Manufacturing
The Center for Responsible
Nanotechnology (CRN) and World Care announced today they will hold the first
interdisciplinary conference on the development of molecular manufacturing and
its relationship to emerging biotechnologies. Challenges
& Opportunities: The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies, to be held September
9-13, 2007 at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in Tucson, will feature a
distinguished roster of speakers from leading biotechnology and nanotechnology
organizations and universities.
Presenters will discuss both technical details and the larger meaning of their
work, and attendees will have multiple opportunities for open dialog with the
Day one of the conference will focus on biotechnology, including both the
underlying science and key applications. Day two will focus on nanotechnology,
with an emphasis on the path to molecular manufacturing. Day three will look at
the societal and environmental implications of nano/bio manufacturing. On the
fourth day there will be assisted tours of Tucson area biotech and nanotech
The program will feature speakers covering a number of topics including:
Tuberculosis and Bird Flu - New Epidemics in 2007; How to Build a Nanofactory;
Military, Security, and Surveillance Issues; and more.
"With this conference, we aim to provide education and interaction regarding the
relationship between early generation nanotechnology and biotechnology and how
each discipline might lead toward a future of exponential general-purpose
molecularly-precise manufacturing," said Mike Treder, Executive Director, Center
for Responsible Nanotechnology. "The world is not yet fully aware of all the
societal and environmental consequences that may await us."
CRN will also make available for review and debate a series of future scenarios
created by the organization's Global Task Force on Implications and Policy. More
than 50 people from six continents, with a range of backgrounds and points of
view, worked together to develop professional-quality models of a world in which
molecular manufacturing becomes a reality. This will be the first public
opportunity for assessing and responding to those scenarios.
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (www.CRNano.org), an affiliate of
World Care, an international, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, focuses
exclusively on the creation and dissemination of information related to
molecular manufacturing technology and policy, including the development and
implementation of comprehensive plans for responsible global management of a
technology with such transformative potential. CRN has been raising awareness
about the severe societal and environmental implications of advanced
nanotechnology and the urgent need for new policy since 2002.
Patti D. Hill