Nanotechnologies Conference: Speakers
Mario M. Baibich
Mario Baibich hold both the MSc and PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada; obtained after a BSc in Physics at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS - Porto Alegre, Brazil). He is a specialist in nanomagnetism and nanostructures and has been active in research for more than 35 years, always dealing with nanostructured materials (amorphous metals, metallic multilayers, oxides, spintronic devices) and has been teaching at UFRGS, as well as at different Universities in Europe as visiting professor. He is one of the founding members of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the UFRGS. He is also the first author of a paper that led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2007 (to Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg). He is, since 2008, in charge of micro and manotechnology at the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil.
Michael G Bennett
Michael G Bennett is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Science, Technology & Society Program at Vassar College. His research concerns intellectual property law, science and technology policy, and the societal implications of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on nanotechnology research and development. He holds degrees in physics (Florida A&M), law (Harvard) and STS (R.P.I.).
Faculty profile at Vassar College
Diana Bowman is a senior research fellow in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, Melbourne School of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, a visiting international scholar in the Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research has focused primarily on legal, regulatory and public health issues relating to new technologies, in particular nanotechnologies. She is the co-editor of several books including New Global Frontiers in Regulation: The Age of Nanotechnology (2007, with Hodge and Ludlow), Nanotechnology Risk Management: Perspectives and Progress (2010, with Hull), and is a co-editor (along with Hodge and Maynard) on the forthcoming book International Handbook on Regulating Nanotechnologies (2010). In 2007, she assisted the Australian Government with their Review on the Possible Impacts of Nanotechnology on Australia's Regulatory Framework.
Faculty profile at Melbourne University
Linda Breggin is a senior attorney and director of the Environmental Law Institute's Nanotechnology Initiative. Her work includes research and convening on programmes under several of the major federal environmental laws,including the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Clean Water Act,and Toxic Substances Control Act. Prior to joining ELI in 1997, she served as an associate director in the White House Office on Environmental Policy and as a special assistant to the assistant administrator for enforcement at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She also served as counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce,Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials of the US House of Representatives. In addition, she was in private practice in Washington, DC.
Attorney profile at the Environmental Law Institute
Ahmed A. Busnaina
Ahmed Busnaina, PhD is the William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor and director of National Science Foundation's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for High-rate Nanomanufacturing and the NSF Center for Nano and Microcontamination Control at Northeastern University. Dr. Busnaina is internationally recognized for his work on nano and micro scale defects mitigation and removal in semiconductor fabrication. He specializes in directed assembly of nanoelements (such as nanotubes and nanoparticles) and in the nanomanufacturing of micro and nanoscale devices. He is also active the directed assembly of involved in the fabrication of nanoscale structures for applications in energy, electronics, biomedical and materials. He has served as a consultant on micro contamination and particle adhesion issues to the semiconductor industry. He has authored more than 420 papers in journals, proceedings and conferences. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, serves on many advisory boards and has received many prestigious fellowships and awards.
Director of the NSF Center Nano and Microcontamination Control, Northeastern University
Seth Coe-Sullivan is co-founder and chief technology officer of QD Vision. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 2005, and his thesis work on incorporating quantum dots into hybrid organic/inorganic LED structures is the technology that led to the formation of QD Vision. His work spans quantum dot materials, new fabrication techniques, including thin film deposition equipment design, and device architectures for efficient QD-LED light emission. Mr. Coe-Sullivan has more than 20 papers and patents pending in the fields of organic light emitting devices, quantum dot LEDs and nanotechnology fabrication. He was awarded Technology Review Magazine's TR35 Award in 2006, naming him one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the top young entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and in 2009 he was a finalist for the Mass Technology Leadership Council's CTO of the year.
Gabi Eigenmann is the principle officer for international chemicals and waste policies in the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Berne. Before joining the FOEN she was research assistant at the Institute of Geography, Division for Social and Political Geography and Gender Studies, University of Berne (CH) and project assistant, for the Swiss Development Cooperation. Ms. Eigenmann currently represents Switzerland in international negotiations on sound chemicals and waste management policies among others in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management SAICM and in the three chemicals and waste management Conventions (Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention). She is responsible for the international aspects of nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials including the possible future international governance structure of these emerging issues. Ms. Eigenmann has studied Political Science, International Relations, International Law and Geography at the Universities in Berne and Geneva (CH).
Donald J. Featherstone
Donald Featherstone is a director in the law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox p.l.l.c. and is the practice group leader of the firm's Electronics Group. He also chairs the firm's Nanotechnology Practice. Mr. Featherstone specializes in patent preparation and prosecution where he counsels a wide range of clients from start-ups and emerging growth companies to billion dollar multi-national corporations. He emphasizes the interaction between business practice and intellectual property to help his clients leverage their IP and create shareholder value. In addition to strategic patent portfolio creation and management, Mr. Featherstone prepares opinions (including patentability, state-of-the art, infringement and validity opinions), licenses and other technology agreements. He also performs IP audits, due diligence investigations, re-examinations and interferences. Before joining the firm in 1988, he was a patent examiner of semiconductor devices at the USPTO. Mr. Featherstone received his JD, Intellectual Property Law Specialty Track, from the George Mason University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College.
Attorney profile at Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Rosanna Garcia is the McCarthy Family Fellow Associate Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the diffusion of technological innovations. She has recently looked at the role of boundary spanners between industry and universities, especially with regard to nanotechnologies. Dr. Garcia is published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Marketing Science, and Sloan Management Review, among other journals. She recently presented on "The role of boundary spanners in facilitating the university-industry relationship in the nanosciences."
Faculty profile at Northeastern University College of Business Administration
Mark Hunyadi is professor of social, moral and political philosophy at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. His research focuses on both fundamental moral philosophy and applied ethics. He has written several books (in French) on ethical issues, including Je est un clone (Paris, Seuil, 2004), a book about reasoning on ethical issues in general, and cloning in particular, which included a chapter on Precautionary Principle. He was also member (2004-2006) of the "Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie" (Commission for Ethics of Science and Technology) of Québec, which was devoted to the scientific, legal and ethical implications of nanotechnology. The Commission produced the report: "Ethics And Nanotechnology: A Basis For Action" (Québec, 2006).
Faculty profile at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Jacqueline A. Isaacs
Jacqueline Isaacs is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and an associate director of the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University. She leads the Responsible Manufacturing Research Thrust for the CHN - a collaborative partnership among Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of New Hampshire. Her specific research focuses on economic and environmental assessment of manufacturing processes, most recently focused on nanomanufacturing. At CHN, she works on Life Cycle Assessment of various processes under development and assesses alternatives to uncover more environmentally benign processes or products. This work was initiated with an NSF grant to explore and compare process alternatives for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes. Her 1998 NSF Career Award was one of the first that focused on environmentally benign manufacturing. Dr. Isaacs also guides research on development and assessment of educational computer games. She received a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and SM and ScD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been recognized by Northeastern University, receiving the President's Aspiration Award in 2005 and a university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.
Faculty profile at Northeastern University
Michael Knowles, BPharm PhD CChem FRSC, CSci, FIFST, is vice president, Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company. He was employed in the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's Food Science Division, initially as a senior research fellow, eventually to become head of the Food Science Laboratory. In 1985, he became head of Food Science Division in London and chief scientist (Fisheries and Food) on 1 August 1989 until the end of 1991, when he joined Coca-Cola Greater Europe. From 1992 until 1999, he was SRA director for Greater Europe Group, with ad hoc responsibilities for Middle East Division and Africa Group, then group SRA director for the European Union Group; then he was managing director of the Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness and chief scientific officer for the European Union Group until assuming his current position.
Robert O. Lindefjeld
Robert Lindefjeld is general counsel and chief intellectual property counsel at Nantero. Mr. Lindefjeld was previously a partner at Jones Day, where he was in charge of the Pittsburgh office Intellectual Property Group. He has been lead counsel and second-chair in numerous IP infringement matters in state and federal district court, arbitration and the International Trade Commission in a wide variety of technologies including computer chips. He has also been senior vice president and general counsel at iVentureLab.com. Before that he was a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He holds a JD from Widener University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He holds a BS in biology from Norwich University, Military College of Vermont, where he enrolled in ROTC prior to serving as a lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Chambers USA, America's Best Lawyers for Business" and "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers." He is currently chair of Division I - Patents for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, chair of the Local Patent Rules Committee for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and serves on the Amicus Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
General counsel and chief IP counsel, Nantero, Inc.
Gary Marchant is Lincoln Professor Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is also a Professor of Life Sciences at ASU and executive director of the ASU Center for Law, Science and Innovation. Professor Marchant has a PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, a Master's of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Harvard. Professor Marchant teaches and researches in the subject areas of environmental law, risk assessment and risk management, genetics and the law, biotechnology law, food and drug law, legal aspects of nanotechnology, and law, science and technology.
Faculty profile at Arizona State University
Susan Barbieri Montgomery
As a member of the faculties of the College of Business Administration and the School of Law at Northeastern University, Susan Montgomery teaches a variety of business and intellectual property (IP) courses, including IP Asset Strategies for International Business, IP Transactions Practice and International IP Law. She previously taught Trademark Law and an International IP Law Seminar at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Montgomery is also Of Counsel in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP, where she practiced for 22 years as an associate and partner.
Faculty profile at Northeastern University School of Law
Pat Roy Mooney
Pat Mooney has more than four decades experience working in international civil society, first addressing aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and commodity trade. In 1977 , Mr. Mooney co-founded RAFI (Rural Advancement Fund International, renamed ETC Group in 2001). He received The Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") in the Swedish Parliament in 1985 and the Pearson Peace Prize from Canada's Governor General in 1998. He has also received the American "Giraffe Award" given to people "who stick their necks out."
The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Mr. Mooney is widely regarded as an authority on issues of global governance, corporate concentration and intellectual property monopoly. Although much of ETC's work continues to emphasize plant genetic resources and agricultural biodiversity, the work expanded in the early 1980s to include biotechnology. In the late 1990s, the work expanded more to encompass a succession of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geoengineering, and new developments in genomics and neurosciences.
Jeff Morris is EPA's national program director for nanotechnology, and is responsible for managing EPA's Nanomaterials Research Program. Mr. Morris also leads the US delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, and co-chairs the Working Party's test guidelines steering group. He led the development of EPA's 2007 Nanotechnology White Paper the 2009 EPA Nanomaterials Research Strategy. Mr. Morris has been with EPA for 18 years, and previously served as director of EPA's Office of Science Policy.
National program director for nanotechnology, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency
Dae Young Park
DaeYoung Park is managing partner of Young & Global Partners and secretary general of Korea Environmental Council in Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium. With knowledge of international, Chinese, Japanese and Korean environmental and health and safety laws, Mr. Park has extensive experience in analyzing and advising environmental, health and safety legislation in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the European Union. He has actively been playing a gateway role between European and Asian policymakers and corporate decision-makers. Amongst others, he has been a member of the ASTM Committee E56 on Nanotechnology.
Managing partner profile at Young and Global Partners
Chinh H. Pham
Chinh Pham is a shareholder in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and chair of the firm's Nanotechnology Practice Group. He represents and counsels start-ups as well as multi-national corporations, including those in the areas of nanotechnologies, medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, telecommunications, video gaming, electronic commerce, and life sciences. In connection with his practice, Mr. Pham advises clients on the creation and development of patent portfolios and the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights through licensing and strategic collaborations. He also helps clients with leveraging their IP portfolio for high-value commercial opportunities, as well as identifying funding opportunities. Mr. Pham is the founder of the Nano\Technology and Business Forum, a forum dedicated to the business of nanotechnology. He was recognized as one of the "Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers Influencing Nanotechnology" by Nanotechnology Law & Business in 2008. He was most recently secretary of ASTM International - Nanotechnology Committee, and a member of the NanoBusiness Alliance. He also frequently speaks and writes on the intersection between nanotechnology, intellectual property, and business.
Attorney profile at Greenberg Traurig
Rick Reibstein has managed policy and outreach for the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance since its inception in 1990, developing programs for toxics use reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, and compliance assistance. He has also been an enforcement attorney for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and teaches environmental law and policy at Boston University and Suffolk University.
Attorney profile at Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Ronald Sandler is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a researcher in the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group, the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University. His primary areas of research are environmental ethics and ethics of emerging technologies. He is author of Nanotechnology: The Social and Ethical Issues (Woodrow Wilson Center, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies).
Faculty profile at Northeastern University
Marc Saner is executive director at the Regulatory Governance Initiative. He has more than 15 years of experience carrying out assessments and conducting analytical work in the natural sciences and humanities. Prior to assuming his current position at Carleton, he was the executive vice president and director of assessments at the Council of Canadian Academies. There, he was charged with the creation of an expert panel on nanotechnology. He has carried out consulting work on nanotechnology for Environment Canada, Health Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat and is currently involved in a project on quantum dots for the University of Toronto. A report on "International Approaches to the Regulatory Governance of Nanotechnology" and a "Timeline: Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States" are available at: www.regulatorygovernance.ca. Dr. Saner holds a PhD in applied ecology from the University of Basel, Switzerland (1991) and an MA in philosophy with a specialization in environmental ethics from Carleton University (1999). He is an adjunct research professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Biology at Carleton University.
Paul A. Schulte
Paul Schulte, PhD, is director of the Education and Information Division and manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is an epidemiologist with interests in quantitative risk assessment, health communication, and use of biological markers in epidemiologic research, intervention research, and genetics. Dr. Schulte has conducted extensive research on occupational cancer and the role of genetics in occupational safety and health. He is the editor of the textbook Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices. He has served as guest editor of the Journal of Occupational Medicine and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and was on the initial editorial board of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. He has served as a consultant to various organizations such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Academy of Sciences, the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Department of Energy.
Manager, NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention