• Career Seminar: Nanotechnology Thursday, March 27, 2003 - 06:30PM
    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlefield Road
    Palo Alto, CA
    Main Event Series

Career Seminar: Nanotechnology



  • Here is your chance to hear a Bay Area Nanotechnology Sector Business and Job Market Overview. Find out the low-down on this bleeding edge sector from top business professionals in the field.

    Our panel of experts will address the key issues and questions about Nanotechnology including:

    • What are the main industry trends?
    • Who are the key investors, researchers, and players?
    • What companies and products offer the most promising opportunities?
    • What types of jobs will be available in this sector? What kind of talent will they be hiring?

    Bring yourself and any questions you might have about opportunities working in Nanotechnology.



    Bo Varga (bio),Executive Director, the nanoSIG


    Ed Niehaus (bio), Partner, Freedom Technology Ventures
    Bill Rus (bio), President, Venture Analytics, Inc.
    Chris E. Piercy (bio), San Jose Mercury News, Careers reporter


    Speaker Bios


    Bo Varga

    Bo Varga is Executive Director of the nanoSIG. The nanoSIG is a professional organization committed to the commercialization of nanotechnology and to global nano business networking. Current monthly forums are nanoInvesting & Commercialization, nanoBiotechnology, nanoElectronics & Photonics, nanoMaterials & Manufacturing, and nanoSoftware & Tools. In formation are nanoEURO and nanoAPAC.


    Ed Niehaus, Freedom Technology Ventures

    Ed Niehaus is a partner in Freedom Technology Ventures, an angel investment group specializing in early stage nanotechnology companies. Ed was CEO of Niehaus Ryan Wong, Inc., the public relations agency that launched VeriSign, Yahoo, Apple Computer's iMac and other legendary brands. Ed was co-founder of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report, and serves on its advisory board, and on those of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and the Software Development Forum. Ed is a long-time advisor to Foresight Institute, pursuing a 15 year interest in nanotechnology. Prior to NRW, Ed served in a several marketing and sales capacities in the computer and software industries. Ed has a BSME degree from Duke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


    Bill Rus, President of Venture Analytics, Inc.

    Bill Rus is President of Venture Analytics, Inc. providing actionable market research and analysis to help organizations grow and derive the most value from new products and emerging market opportunities. The firm provides a syndicated market research service in nanotechnology, offering one of the world's most comprehensive views of funding, emerging companies, trends and opportunities in the nanotechnology field. Venture Analytics market research projects include new product development, product line strategies, positioning and competitive intelligence for many successful firms.

    The firm serves a wide range of industries and issues including customer acquisition and retention, branding and growth initiatives. Before founding Venture Analytics, Bill was vice president and chief analyst at Gartner, where he conducted core research and advised emerging and established firms on high-growth strategies. Prior to Gartner, he was senior analyst, strategic marketing, at Autodesk, where he performed market research and analysis for new products, including opportunity assessment, market sizing, competitive analysis, product development, pricing, positioning and branding and channel development. Bill earned a degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from San Francisco State University.


    Chris E. Piercy, Partner, www.knowledgemarket.com

    Mr. Piercy is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded and managed a number of biotechnology, nanotechnology, high technology, and consulting companies in the US and abroad. Most recently, he was a founder and served as CEO of Genmetrics Corp. (a protein pathways bioinformatics company). He has founded or was a member of the original team of a number of companies in various industries. For example: Connective Therapeutics, Connetics, (NASDAQ "CNCT" - a biopharmaceutical company); Coleman Consulting (a management consulting group for the global Fortune 1000); Global Connect (a Japan based international telecom) and a number of others, primarily in the biotechnology and nanotechnology industries. Mr. Piercy has been working in the biotechnology sector since 1985, when he joined the pioneering biotechnology company, Cetus Corporation (now Chiron). He studied Molecular Genetics and History at U.C. Berkeley and business at Edinburgh Business School, Harvard Business School, and the Stanford Business School Advanced Management Program. Mr. Piercy serves on the boards of numerous high technology companies and is a member or director of various business and biotechnology organizations. He is the inventor of a number of patented or developing technologies and his scientific work has been published in such leading journals as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, etc. Chris is on the Board of Directors of the nanoSIG, www.nanoSIG.org, Chair of the nanoInvesting & Commercialization Forum, a co-founder of the Northern California Nanotechnology Initiative - an organization focused on building nano jobs in Northern CA.

    Event Hosts

    Patti Wilson, Career Company
    Robin Nakamura

    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlefield Road
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking
    7:00-9:00pm Panel Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum Members
    No registration required