Executive Chairman Sean Murdock today commended House Science and Technology
Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Ranking Member Ralph Hall (R-TX), their
cosponsors, and the full House of Representatives for passing the National Nanotechnology
Initiative Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 554). The bill reauthorizes and updates
the successful federal interagency nanotechnology research and development program.
"We are pleased that Congressional leaders recognize the importance of
nanotechnology for our nation’s future," said Murdock. "It is
imperative that the United States maintain its lead in the global nanotechnology
race to rebuild our economy and to continue to ensure our nation’s safety
and future economic prosperity, and this bill will help make that happen."
"This is an excellent, bipartisan bill," said Murdock. The bill updates
the National Nanotechnology Initiative, first authorized in 2003, and adds new
provisions in several key areas: addressing environmental, health, and safety
issues associated with nanotechnology; improving nanotechnology education; ensuring
that new technology moves from the laboratory to the marketplace; focusing research
efforts in areas of national importance such as electronics, energy, health
care, and water; and research into nanomanufacturing.
"The National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act is the next bold
step toward bringing the promise of nanotechnology to all Americans," said
Murdock. "Nanotechnology will help drive our innovation economy while improving
the environment, health, and a wide range of products."
The Senate is expected to put forward its own nanotechnology bill soon. "We
look forward to continuing to work with the Senate as it takes up this important
issue," said Murdock. The NanoBusiness Alliance will be holding its annual
Public Policy Tour and CEO fly in from March 17-19th to continue to build momentum
and support for the Reauthorization and our nation’s investment in nanotechnology.
Those interested in participating should call Alisa Kronshage at 312.224.8319
or email her at [email protected]