8th INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIALIZATION OF MICRO AND NANO SYSTEMS CONFERENCE SETS TECHNICAL PROGRAM

Technology roadmaps, market trends, and commercialization strategies will be featured in this year’s technical program of the 8th International Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems Conference (COMS 2003) to be held at The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from September 8-11, 2003. Expected to draw over 250 attendees, the three and one-half day technical program will feature over 100 speakers and panelists who will participate in over 20 formal sessions, panels and roundtable discussions. The event is sponsored by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) and is co-sponsored by a number of publications and organizations throughout Europe, the US and Asia. COMS is considered to be the most important and largest conference dealing with the topic of Micro and Nanosystems commercialization in the world today.

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(PRWEB) August 4, 2003

8th INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIALIZATION OF MICRO AND NANO SYSTEMS CONFERENCE SETS TECHNICAL PROGRAM

Technical Agenda Set for Major International

Commercialization and Networking Event

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PRWEB) August, 2003 – Technology roadmaps, market trends, and commercialization strategies will be featured in this year’s technical program of the 8th International Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems Conference (COMS 2003) to be held at The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from September 8-11, 2003. Expected to draw over 250 attendees, the three and one-half day technical program will feature over 100 speakers and panelists who will participate in over 20 formal sessions, panels and roundtable discussions.

The event is sponsored by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) and is co-sponsored by a number of publications and organizations throughout Europe, the US and Asia. COMS is considered to be the most important and largest conference dealing with the topic of Micro and Nanosystems commercialization in the world today.

"COMS 2003 is expected to be our best conference to date and will realize a 100% growth in attendees from our COMS 2001 in Oxford”, said Roger Grace, conference co-chair and president of Roger Grace Associates (USA) and MANCEF. “MANCEF is dedicated to the education of the micro and nanotechnology community worldwide and the COMS conferences have been our major vehicle to realize this charter. I am truly gratified by the progress to date in attracting attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. It has been through the hard work and dedication of our many MANCEF volunteers, headed by our Vice President of Europe, David Tolfree of Technopreneur Ltd. (UK) and our Dutch co-chairs Kees Eijkel of MESA+, Job Elders of C2V, and Henne van Heeren of Enabling M3, that has created these exceptional results."

The conference has been developed for business and technical professionals involved with the investment in and transfer of micro and nano technology to the marketplace including users, suppliers, service/equipment providers, investors and analysts. A major benefit to the conference attendees will be the many opportunities to interact with fellow participants in the extensive schedule of panel discussions, roundtables, planned breaks, technical exhibits, and social events.

Micro and Nano technologies (MNT) are expected to have high impact on nearly all aspects of life within the next 10 years. From medical technologies and life sciences through mobility, communication, security, gaming and leisure, all these areas will highly rely on MNT developments. The technologies to solve these important societal issues have been available for many years. However, a number of barriers to the commercialization have been encountered by organizations in this field. The conference technical program objective is to address these barriers and to provide options to the attendees to overcome these barriers and to succeed in this fast growing business.

“COMS 2003 will be the major event to discuss MNT business strategies and all other aspects of infrastructure development for this disruptive technology,” states conference co-chair Kees Eijkel of MESA+, The Netherlands. The conference will be opened by Rein Bemer (Director General of Innovation, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) and we are proud that we have received confirmations from high level government agency and industry professionals including Haris Doumanidis, (NSF Director of Nanomanufacturing), Chris Francis (Director of Innovation at the UK Dept of Trade and Industry), Dirk Beernaert (European Commission) and Gaetan Menozzi (Chairman of NEXUS) as keynote speakers.” A highlight of the conference will be the half-day Thursday morning program, which will feature sessions on capital formation, business plan development, and other pertinent topics necessary for the successful startup of a new business.

Set in the lively heart of Amsterdam just opposite the Royal Palace, the conference will provide the over 250 expected attendees a full offering of conference facilities including meeting rooms, banquet facilities, elegantly appointed rooms, and a city that is well-known for its superb cuisine, night-life, and cultural activities.

Attendees to COMS 2003 will be exposed to a broad spectrum of significant commercialization topics given by world-class presenters. Unlike the many excellent technical conferences that take place globally, COMS is unique in that it addresses the significant commercialization aspects of micro and nanosystems – marketing, technology management, production and capital formation. The ‘Gordon Style’ program has been developed to maximize personal interaction amongst attendees and the numerous breaks and social events should enhance that effort.

The MEMS/MST/Micromachines market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world today. A recent Roger Grace Associates/Nexus study has reported that the worldwide market will grow from approximately $14.2 billion (US) in 2000 to a projected $30.4 billion (US) by the year 2004. Nanotechnology has gained growing popularity and media attention during recent years and will have impact on a large variety of industrial applications especially when combined with micro technologies into macro systems. Commitment of federal funding to support Nanotechnology is expected to exceed $2.3 billion (US) in 2003. The economic and societal impact of these technologies will be significant and far-reaching and will only be fully realized through effective commercialization of these technologies. Educating and informing industry participants in the issues and providing viable solutions is the key goal of MANCEF and will be embodied by the COMS 2003 technical program.

Registration fee for the program is € 990 if received before August 1st and € 1100 if received after August 1st. Editors may ask for a press registration. For the conference agenda, registration fees, and other details, please visit http://www.mancef-coms2003.org.

The International Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems Conference (COMS) is in its eighth year having previously been held at Banff, Canada; Kona, Hawaii; San Diego, California; Dortmund, Germany; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Oxford, U.K.; and Ypsilanti, Michigan. Developed and organized by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF), the purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for the education, dissemination, and sharing of information to assist organizations in their successful introduction of their products and services to the micro and nanosystems market. Topics addressed at the COMS conferences include marketing, manufacturing, management of technology, and capital formation.

Co-sponsors of COMS 2003 include Sandia National Laboratories, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, EV Group, IOP Precision Engineering, Region Twente, and MESA+. Media sponsors include Electronic Design Europe, Micro/Nano Newsletter, MST News, R&D Magazine, Semiconductor Manufacturing Magazine, Sensors Magazine, and Wireless Systems Design Magazine.

COMS2003 is organized with the support of: Joe Brown (Suss Microtec), Kees Eijkel (MESA+), Job Elders (C2V), Roger Grace (Roger Grace Associates), Christine Neuy (IVAM), Patric Salomon (4M2C Patric Salomon), David Tolfree (Technopreneur), Henne van Heeren (Enabling M3), and Steve Walsh (University of New Mexico).

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