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April 11, 2011 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: 5057 Woodward #6202 | Map
5057 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff


Wayne State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research, the Nanotechnology Multidisciplinary Incubator and the Technology Commercialization Office cordially invite the university community to attend a 1-1/2 hour seminar on legal and regulatory issues associated with nanotechnology. Consider attending if you are: a nanoscientist; a manufacturer of items using nanomaterials; associated with nanotechnology commercialization; or interested in nanoscience and its products.

Description of Seminar

Effective risk management is essential to the responsible and successful development and commercialization of nanotechnology. Because the science of nanotechnology is dynamic and largely unexplored, risk management models based on past experiences with new technologies may be imperfect guides. Instead, a flexible and comprehensive approach is needed that takes into account the promise of nanotechnology, the uncertainties surrounding it, and the wide range of stakeholders who are vital to its success.

Among the relevant questions are: What risks are we trying to manage? Who are the relevant stakeholders? What are their concerns? Do we have the information to answer these questions? What should we do in the absence of necessary information? In considering these and other questions, a central lesson learned from the roll-out of other new technologies is that these are rarely purely scientific issues that can be objectively resolved. Rather, the path forward will likely include an often messy combination of science, policy, law and communications.

Through a discussion format, the speakers and the audience will explore the primary legal and business risks and suggest strategies to address those risks. By thinking about risk management now, researchers and developers can reduce the likelihood of barriers and be prepared when risks materialize.


Speakers are all members of the Sidley Austin LLP’s Nanotechnology Practice Team.


Christopher Bell, http://www.sidley.com/bell_christopher/

Michael Lisak, http://www.sidley.com/lisak_michael/

James Mizgala, http://www.sidley.com/mizgala_james/

The seminar is free; however, registration is required.



For more information about this event, please contact Jo Ann Yucha at 313-577-5600 or joann.yucha@wayne.edu.