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2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference Announces Panelists for "The Changing Face of Technology Transfer and Early Stage Venture Funding"

September 21-23, Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon

SEATTLE - August 11, 2009 - The 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, co-hosted by the Washington Technology Center and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and presented by Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, announces the panelists for its closing plenary panel and reception.

MNBC 2009 will be addressing head-on the challenging environment for early stage funding with an outstanding panel of tech transfer and early stage investment experts, addressing such topics as:

If recessions are when great opportunities are born, how exactly does one take advantage of that?
Is the VC model as we know it dead?
If so, what will replace it?
What first steps must the technology entrepreneur get right?

The panelists are:
Dr. Fiona Wills, Director of Technology Licensing, UW TechTransfer, University of Washington
Cheryl Cejka, Director of Technology Commercialization, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jim Torina, President and CEO of The University Funds, LLC.
Rick LeFaivre, Ph.D, Partner, OVP Venture Partners
Michael Hochberg, Ph.D, EE professor (and entrepreneur), University of Washington
Lewis Lee, co-founder of Lee & Hayes PLLC
Chris Hurley, co-founder and Principal at Beacon Law Advisors

Panel Moderator: Pat Murphy, COO, The University Funds, LLC

And for the first time, MNBC will accept conference participants' questions for the panelists in advance. Questions may be submitted (attributed or anonymous) at:

More about MNBC 2009

The MNBC, now in its 6th year, is widely regarded as the best regional "small tech" event in the nation, and expects to attract over 300 professionals from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

The peer-reviewed conference presentation program, posted at features:

* Technical Sessions
* Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Storage
* Sensor Systems
* Microtechnology for Energy Applications
* Nanotechnologies for Proteomics
* Electron and Ion Beam Nanofabrication
* Bioconjugation at the Nanoscale
* Microfabrication and MEMS Devices
* Nanotechnology for Disease Detection and Drug Delivery
* Photonics
* High Performance, Greener Nanomaterials and Applications

...a full-day symposium on Solar Energy Materials Industry growth, materials overview and focus on thin film materials science breakthroughs

...three half-day short courses
Nanotechnology 101: What Technology and Business Professionals Should Know
Nanotechnology Commercialization: Intellectual Property and Patent Reform
Pacific Northwest Micro and Nanoscale Engineering Workshop

...a combined research poster session and company exhibition

...and an outstanding slate of keynote speakers addressing nanotechnology for renewable energy, environmental and medical applications

The advance registration rate of $195 and deeply discounted hotel block rate of $116 are available until August 31, 2009. See

For further information, please visit or contact the conference manager:

Skip Rung
President and Executive Director

About Washington Technology Center
Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. As an organization, Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center's work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, visit or call 206-685-1920.

ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) is Oregon's first Signature Research Center, with $37M in state investment since 2003. ONAMI's dual mission is to rapidly grow collaborative research and commercialization of NanoScience and MicroTechnologies to foster the creation of new products, companies and jobs in the Pacific Northwest. It unites the University of Oregon (Eugene), Oregon State University (Corvallis), Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.), the state of Oregon, private investors and leading companies in the world-leading "Silicon Forest" small-tech industry cluster. Principal activities include development a network of shared user facilities and management of a proof-of-concept stage gap grant fund that has so far enabled 14 new companies.

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