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NanoBusiness Alliance Commends House Passage of Nanotechnology Bill

Published on February 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

NanoBusiness Alliance 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 alisa@nanobusiness.org.

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