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December 9, 2005: Foresight Nanotech Institute Appoints Marc Lurie President

Nanotech Think Tank Poised for Growth

Palo Alto, CA -- December 9, 2005 -- Foresight Nanotech Institute announced today the appointment of Marc Lurie as President. Lurie brings to Foresight more than a decade of experience building and managing technology-oriented organizations through high-growth periods. Prior to joining Foresight, Lurie founded and as CEO helmed @hand, a software and services company delivering mission-critical mobile solutions to large enterprises. As CEO, Lurie pioneered customer relationships within the Fortune 500 and long-term partnerships with large system integrators. Marc also guided the company through three rounds of financing totaling over $21 million, while building a high-performance organization with a strong customer-service ethos.

Prior to @hand, Lurie rose through the ranks in several successful technology start-ups, including Acuity (acquired by what is now Avaya), where he served as the senior marketing executive for nearly three years, and Vignette (VIGN), where he served as Director of Channel Marketing. Lurie also developed a background in domestic and international intellectual property rights and protection during his tenure as an associate with the IP group of the law firm of Reid & Priest (now Thelen Priest) in Washington, D.C. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. He is also a private investor, whose interests include several innovative vertical wind tunnels where people fly indoors.

Lurie succeeds Scott Mize who was recruited to reshape the Foresight Nanotech Institute in response to rapid changes and growth in the nanotechnology field. Specifically, Foresight broadened its vision from encouraging awareness and development of nanotechnology to ensuring the ethical and beneficial implementation of nanotechnology in the global economy. Under Mize, Foresight also launched the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems and built relationships with top industry and research institutions around the world. At this time, Mize has chosen to return to his for-profit career, leaving Foresight in the capable hands of Marc Lurie.

“Foresight is grateful for Scott’s many contributions. Under his leadership, Foresight invested over a year of intellectual capital to develop new products and services to simplify and accelerate interdisciplinary collaboration in nanotechnology research and development,” said Christine Peterson, Founder and Vice President of Policy and Research at Foresight. “Based on the number of thought leaders already participating in these projects, we anticipate significant growth in the coming year. Marc’s background in intellectual property, international law, and business development are critical to nanotechnology and should help to advance Foresight’s mission globally.”

About Foresight Nanotech Institute

Foresight Nanotech Institute is the leading think tank and public interest organization in nanotechnology. Founded in 1986, our mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology. Focusing on the six Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, Foresight provides balanced, accurate and timely information to help society understand nanotechnology through publications, guidelines, public policy activities, roadmaps, prizes, tutorials, conferences, discussion forums and networking events.

For more information about Foresight Nanotech Institute:
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