February 20, 2011

100 NanoHealth Jobs Coming To Region As Industry Grows

By: by Steve Ference, YNN


ALBANY, N.Y. -- "The NanoHealth and Science Center is the first and only type of comprehensive partnership of its kind in the world," said SEMATECH CEO Dan Armbrust.

Nanotechnology leaders announcing a new $10 million initiative looking at more than just the research and creation of high-tech computer chips.

Sara Brenner, CNSE Assistant Vice President for NanoHealth Initiatives, said, "We have the unique ability to tailor processes, materials and even the products themselves to make them as benign as possible."

NanoHealth officials arguing it's not only important to build the massive facilities for chip production, to bring in jobs and to net billions of dollars of investment for the region, but also to look at the industry's impact on the environment and the health of workers.

NanoHealth and Science Center Director Thomas Begley said, "This will include exposure to nanomaterials and nanoparticles in the workplace."

Armbrust said, "We will lead the global effort to reduce our environmental footprint and to protect the industry's professionals and in the communities in which they live and work."

Officials say the program's goal, collaborate on research, that will lead to as many as 100 jobs. More are possible from other companies that could come as a result of proactively trying to find answers to questions that haven't been asked yet because nanotechnology is so new.

Brenner said, "What happens to the lifespan of these products, these workers, over the lifespan of each?"

Bottom line, the experts say, to twist a phrase, a nano-ounce of prevention is worth a multibillion dollar pound of cure.

"If we're able at the research level to identify which materials may not be appropriate for use, the savings, the billions of dollars in savings that could occur would allow us to direct our resources more efficiently," said College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering Senior Vice President & CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros.

That can save and even mean more jobs and more growth, keeping this area as the epicenter of nanotech research.

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