Dr. Scott Rickert, President and CEO of Nanofilm, was recently the featured
interview on the science and nanotechnology blog Evolving Innovations.
Blog editor Vincent Caprio, who is also the vice President of the national
NanoBusiness Alliance and the founder and Executive Director of the New York
NanoBusiness Alliance, interviewed Dr. Rickert about his views of nanotechnology
in the coming decade. Dr. Rickert, who describes the next ten years as The Nano
Decade," characterizes the nanotechnology industry as "the software
of the 21st century," a tech industry that "you can't see,
smell, or really touch." Nanotechnology is similar to software which was
"something used in small quantities that had a big impact on the improvement
of existing products and the development of new products."
In Dr. Rickert's view, nanotechnology will follow a similar path of
growth and eventual consolidation that shaped the software industry in the 1980s,
with the few resulting merged entities focused on serving all major markets.
In the interview, Dr. Rickert also discusses the role in nanotechnology for
established global players, start-ups, academia and research. He puts particular
focus on the role of investors in the Nano Decade, saying, "I also predict
that investors will finally appreciate nanotech materials and inventions as
components of this new 'software' industry that drives so many other
industries, and they'll apply the appropriate growth and ROI metrics."
The complete interview can be read at Evolving Innovations.
Dr. Scott Rickert is co-founder, president and CEO of Nanofilm. He was responsible
for the original concepts that launched the company, and he continues to set
the R&D vision. He currently holds positions in a number of key industry
groups, including the Global Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Alliance. Dr.
Rickert frequently lectures and writes on topics in the field and, since 2005,
he has written a column for IndustryWeek.