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EVENT: Zell Lurie Institute Hosts Emerging Industry Symposium - March 31 and April 1

3/21/2005 --

Event will examine Michigan-based companies commercializing products in micro and nano technology.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will host the 5th annual emerging industry symposium March 31 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel.

The two-day symposium, "The Business Reality of Micro and Nano Technologies," will include several speakers and panelists, as well as a tour of the University's Solid State Electronic Lab. Attendees also will have the opportunity to network with national industry experts and Michigan-based small tech companies and researchers, in addition to learning about the issues involved with commercializing micro and nano technologies.

Two keynote addresses will be delivered Friday, April 1. Marlene Bourne, senior analyst with MEMS Markets & Technologies, will discuss trends and forces influencing the marketplace at 8:25 a.m., and Donn Tice, CEO of Nano-Tex, will speak on nano technology innovation and the textile industry at 10:30 a.m.

Panel discussions include:

  • Michigan-based Small Tech Companies: Real Products in the Marketplace
  • Small Tech Business Models and Strategies
  • Small Tech Funding and Investing
  • Partnerships: The Key to Innovation

The symposium is a collaboration of the Zell Lurie Institute, the U-M Office of Technology Transfer and the Michigan Small Tech Association.

The Zell Lurie Institute was formed in 1999 with a mission to focus the capabilities and resources of the Ross School of Business to provide education, experience and opportunities in entrepreneurship; serve as a catalyst for new venture development; and contribute important research in the field of entrepreneurship.

To register for free or for more information, please visit

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421