25th NanoFANS Forum

May 24, 2022

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Topic: Micro- / Nanotechnology Commercialization: Opportunities and Challenges

The Spring 2022 NANOFANS (Focusing on Advanced Nanobio Systems) Forum meeting will be held on May 24, 2022 (Tuesday) from 11 AM – 2:30 PM at the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Georgia Tech-Institute for Electronics & Nanotechnology (GT-IEN).

The focus of this event will be “Micro- / Nanotechnology Commercialization.” Technology commercialization is the process of transitioning technologies from the research lab to the marketplace, and it complements the process of publishing research findings. Innovations in micro- / nanotechnology are revolutionizing manufacturing and production and creating new materials and products through novel processes for commercial applications. In many cases, there is also a significant benefit to society.

IEN’s 25th NanoFANS forum will explore the opportunities and challenges of commercializing innovations in micro- / nanotechnology in the bio- space. Speakers will include Professor Todd Sulchek from the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, Professor Farrokh Ayazi from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineer at Georgia Tech, Regents Professor Mark Prausnitz from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Dr. Mason Chilmonczyk, CEO of Andson Biotech. They will discuss their innovations and commercialization experience as founders and co-founders of their start-ups.

Please register for the NanoFANS Forum by May 20, 2022. Lunch will be provided!

After the talks, an optional tour of the state-of-the-art IEN Cleanrooms and labs will be available for interested participants. Please let us know if you are interested in taking a tour.


11:00 AM – Welcome

11:10—11:50 AM
“Commercialization of microfluidic technologies to enable manufacturing of safer, more precise, more cost-effective cell therapies”  
– Dr. Todd Sulchek, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech

11:50—12:30 PM
“Path to commercialization for CMOS-MEMS sensor and actuator microsystems”
– Dr. Farrokh Ayazi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech

12:30 – 1:10 PM – Lunch Break

1:10—1:50 PM
“Microneedles, patches, and STARS: translating technology from the lab into commercialization”
– Dr. Mark Prausnitz, Regents` Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech

1:50—2:30 PM
“Starting a company is hard: lessons learned as a (new) biotech startup founder”
– Dr. Mason Chilmonczyk, CEO, Andson Biotech and an Affiliate at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech

2:30 – 3:00 PM – IEN Cleanroom / MCF Tour (Optional)

Event Time: 11 AM – 3 PM EDT

Event Address: Marcus Nanotechnology Building, 345, Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

Paul Joseph, Ph.D., MBA
Faculty – Principal Research Scientist
Director of External User Programs
Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)
Georgia Tech – Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN)