Executive Chairman Sean Murdock today commended House Science and Technology
Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Ranking Member Ralph Hall (R-TX), and
their cosponsors for introducing the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments
Act of 2009 (H.R. 554). The bill, identical to a bill passed overwhelmingly
by the House last year, 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 this bill will help make that happen."
"This is an excellent, bipartisan bill," Murdock continued. “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," Murdock concluded.