Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nano 2013
The 11th annual conference exploring the global opportunities in nanobiotechnology and related science and engineering fields Nano 2011


Monday, April 22, 2013 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 
Main Auditorium, The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Mark your calendar for a one-day international conference titled “Nano 2013.” The 11th annual nanotech/biotech conference will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. There is no charge to attend this conference and no prior registration is required.

This multi-disciplinary conference will explore recent advances in nanosciences and focus on commercialization opportunities of nanotech, medicine, pharma, biotech and related science and engineering fields. The broad ranging presentations at the conference will highlight applications of nanomedicine to human health, the urgent need for vigilance with regard to nanotoxicity, the current view of the US FDA regarding nanoregulation and intellectual property issues based on recent major changes to the US patent system. Representatives from the American Bar Association will highlight student opportunities. The conference will offer networking opportunities to researchers, engineers, physicians, ethicists, environmental scientists, intellectual property practitioners, lawyers, business professionals, technology transfer specialists, policy makers, and venture capitalists. All presentations (15-30 mins.) will be fast-paced and focused, relying upon extensive color graphics and animations to reach the diverse audience. Raffle drawings (books, gift cards, etc.) will be held throughout the day. A light lunch will be served and a networking Sushi reception will follow the conference in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

The "Young Scholar Award" will be presented in the amount of $500 with a certificate to the winner by Dr. Tom Webster of Northeastern U on behalf of Dove Medical Press (New Zealand). The competition is open to any student or young investigator/scholar whose work or research involves nanotech, bionanotech or nanomedicine. The winner will present his/her research/invention/paper via a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation. To be considered for this award, email the following information to bawa@bawabiotech.com by April 10, 2013: full contact information; one-page description; any other relevant materials/papers/slides. Lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY will be provided by Bawa Biotech LLC (Ashburn, VA).

Free parking for the conference will be available in the covered RPI Parking Garage, located off College Avenue. This garage is a very short walk across a campus green from the conference venue. The garage will be open to conference attendees from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. The recommended hotels in Troy, NY are the Hilton Garden Inn at (518) 272-1700 and Franklin Square Inn at (518) 274-8800. All speakers and attendees are encouraged to mail packages and marketing materials for distribution to the 200+ attendees at the following address: Kathy Kinsey, Att: Nano 2013 Conference, Office of Alumni Relations, Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Avenue, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590. The closest airport is in Albany, NY, a 20-30 minute cab ride to the conference site in Troy, NY. If you have any questions regarding this conference or wish to be involved in next year’s conference, please do not hesitate to contact the conference chair, Dr. Raj Bawa at bawa@bawabiotech.com or (703) 582-1745, or Kathy Kinsey in the Office of Alumni Relations at kinsek@rpi.edu or (518) 276-2832.

Permanent Organizing Committee

Kathy Kinsey • Rensselaer (Troy, NY)

Ellen Johnston • Rensselaer (Troy, NY)

Susan Gilbert • Rensselaer (Troy, NY)

Glenn Monastersky • Rensselaer (Troy, NY)
Donald A. Tomalia • Columbia (NYC); U Penn (Philadelphia, PA)

Chid Iyer • Sughrue Mion (Washington, DC)

Stephen B. Maebius • Foley & Lardner (Washington, DC)

Brian E. Reese • Choate (Boston, MA)

Jagat Kanwar • Deakin U (Australia)

Sara BrennerUAlbany (Albany, NY)
Annette I. KahlerHeslin Rothenberg (Albany, NY)
Rutledge Ellis-Behnke U Heidelberg (Germany); MIT (Cambridge, MA); USF (Tampa, FL)
Marianna Foldvari U Waterloo (Canada)
Raj Bawa • Bawa Biotech (Ashburn, VA); Rensselaer (Troy, NY); Teva Pharma (Israel) Conference Chair

Conference Program

Welcome and Introduction – 10:00am

Jeffrey M. Schanz, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations; Executive Director of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, Rensselaer (Troy, NY)

Nanomedicine under the microscope: A global perspective via pictures – 10:10am

Raj Bawa, MS, PhD
Patent Agent, Bawa Biotech LLC (Ashburn, VA); Adjunct Professor/Adjunct Faculty, Rensselaer (Troy, NY); Scientific Advisor, Teva Pharma, Ltd. (Israel); Co-chair, Nanotech Subcommittee, ABA (Chicago, IL)


 Keynote: 10:30am – 11:00am

Multilayered personalized medicine and European nanomedicine towards Horizon 2020

Adriele Prina-Mello, MSc, PhD
CRANN Investigator, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures & Nanodevices; Senior Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Trinity College; Executive Board Member, European Technology Platform on Nanomedicine (Dublin, Ireland)

Session I: 11:00am – 12:15pm

Moderator: Raj Bawa, MS, PhD, Patent Agent, Bawa Biotech LLC (Ashburn, VA); Adjunct Professor/Adjunct Faculty, Rensselaer (Troy, NY);
Scientific Advisor, Teva Pharma, Ltd. (Israel); Co-chair, Nanotech Subcommittee, ABA (Chicago, IL)

Neuroprotective nanoparticles in glaucoma treatment

Marianna Foldvari, PhD, DPharmSci
Canada Research Chair in Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine; Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Nanomaterials for the modulation of the CNS immune system

Rutledge Ellis-Behnke, PhD
Director, Nanomedicine Translational Think Tank, University of Heidelberg (Germany); Research Affiliate, MIT (Cambridge, MA); Affiliate Professor, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

Nanotechnology applications in stem cell research and therapy

Glenn Monastersky, PhD
Director, Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research; Director of Operations and Associate Director, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer (Troy, NY)

Complement activation: A capricious immune barrier to the clinical use of nanomedicines

Janos Szebeni, MD, PhD, DSc
Professor, Department of Nanobiotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, Miskolc University (Budapest, Hungary); Director, Nanomedicine Research and Education Center, Semmelweis University/Bay Zoltan Ltd (Budapest, Hungary)

How does the human body handle nanopharmaceuticals?

Srikumaran Melethil, PhD, JD
Patent Attorney; Professor Emeritus, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO); Of Counsel, Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC (Perrysburg, OH); President and CEO, Law and Science Consulting (Springfield, OH)

Networking Lunch: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

 Young Scholar Award (Ceremony/Talk): 12:45pm – 1:00pm

$500 award sponsored by Dove Medical Press and presented by Dr. Thomas J. Webster, Editor, International Journal of Nanomedicine, Dove Medical Press (New Zealand); Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering , Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Leveraging Investments, Know-How, and Business Practices from the Nanoelectronics Industry to Propel the Biomedical Industry

Michelle Pautler, MPH

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Albany (Albany, NY)

Session II: 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Moderator: Lucy L. Thomson, MS, JD,
Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Science & Technology Law (Chicago, IL); Partner, Livingston PLLC (Washington, D.C.)

Science and technology law – Careers for students and technologists

Eileen S. Ewing, MA, MPhil, JD
Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP (Boston, MA); Co-Chair, Life Sciences Division, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (Chicago, IL)

Practical intellectual property issues for academia and industry
Brian E. Reese, PhD, JD, MBA

Patent Attorney; Associate, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Boston, MA)

Cost effective strategies for obtaining IP protection in today’s global environment

Susanne M. Hopkins, JD
, Partner
Ari Zytcer, JD, Associate
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Washington, DC)

From lab IP to global IP - Getting the most out of what you do in the lab

Bruce Wu, PhD, JD

Patent Attorney; Associate, Foley & Lardner (Washington, DC)

Patents and the US Patent Office – Impact on nanobusiness

Rupam Bhar, JD
Patent Attorney; Associate, Sughrue Mion PLLC (Washington, DC)

Coffee Break and Raffles: 2:15pm – 2:45pm

Session III: 2:45pm – 4:15pm

Moderator: Glenn Monastersky, MS, PhD, Director, Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research; Director of Operations and Associate Center Director, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

What is nanomedicine?

Lajos Balogh, PhD
Editor, Nanomedicine: NBM; Chief Scientific Advisor, AA Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology (Boston, MA); Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

The top five nano pitfalls we need to avoid
Thomas J. Webster, PhD
Editor, International Journal of Nanomedicine; Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

Fibril-mediated protein nanotube oligomerization
Gerald F. Audette, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry, York University (Canada)

Antimicrobial activities of novel nano-formulated molecules through oral administration
Jagat R. Kanwar, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor of Immunology and Cell Biology, Deakin U (Australia)

Cleantech - The good, the bad and the ugly - and nano's role in all this
Jim Hurd
Director, GreenScience Exchange (San Francisco, CA)

Nanotoxicity of carbon nanotubes and metallo-oxide nanoparticles: cellular and signaling mechanisms
Alok Bhushan, MSc, PhD, Professor
James C K Lai, PhD, Assistant Chair and Professor
Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Division of Health Sciences, Idaho State University, (Pocatello, ID); Mountain States Tumor and Medical Research Institute (Boise, ID)

Networking Reception: Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center 4:30pm – 6:30pm
(Light Food + Sushi + Cash Bar)

Speaker Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn: 7pm