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IEEE SFBA Nanotechnology Council

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 9:40 PM (PDT)

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San Francisco Bay Area IEEE Nanotechnology Council

           2017 & 2014 Nanotechnology Council Outstanding Chapter (world-wide)                 2019, 2016 & 2014 IEEE Outstanding Chapter (USA)

SFBA Nanotechnology Council's 4th Annual Origin Stories event


$5 rebate - first 20 students who register and attend** (scroll to bottom)

Job Seeker Assistance at this event (scroll down)


Technology Companies'

Origin Stories

- Exploring Entrepreneurship 


- Lightning Talks -


What is an Origin Story?

 Teenager is bitten by a mutant spider.           Gains super powers!”

  – Spiderman’s Origin Story


What is an Origin Story for a Technology company?

Come hear Technology company Origin Stories told by the people who lived the stories!


> Have you ever started a business?

    - Have you wondered how you would do it?

> Have you ever worked at a technology start-up?

    - Have you wondered what it would be like?


SFBA Nano‘s “Origin Stories” event basics:


 Begin with light dinner and refreshments, network with other attendees. (5:30 pm start)


 Origin Stories - Lightning Talks  (6:30 pm start)


 Panel Discussion  (~7:45 pm start)


 Post Panel Discussion Networking


 Event Concludes (~ 9:40 pm)


Each "Origin Story - Lightning Talk" will be a 

 10 minute long presentation,                             1/2 technology & 1/2 business.


Up to 4 minutes of Q & A will follow each presentation.


Companies presenting Origin Stories:


Sila Nanotechnologies – Gleb Yushin, CTO and Co-Founder; Materials Engineering Professor at Georgia Tech – silicon-dominant anode materials enabling higher volumetric energy density and lower cost ($/kWh) for mass market electric vehicles. Delivering the next generation of materials for batteries - today!



Space Space Foundry – Ram Prasad, CEO and Founder - a NASA spinoff; developing plasma jet based direct-write printing technology to enable a next generation of printed electronics products and sensors; molecular precision multi-material manufacturing  



Visolis  Deepak Dugar, President and Founder - displacing petroleum derived materials with bio-based alternatives; engineered microbial conversion processes




Nano Hydrophobics  Peter Boyd, CEO - self-assembling non-stick coatings that reduce fouling in industrial equipment and improve energy efficiency





In 2018 - Origin Stories were presented by:

Multibeam – David Lam CEO (Founder of Lam Research, Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame– multicolumn e-beam systems and platforms for four major applications: Complementary E-Beam

C3Nano - Ajay Virkar, Co-Founder and CTO – transparent conductive inks and films for smarter, flexible touch sensor applications

ViaeX Technologies – Vivian Qu, Founder and CEO – technology to transform biowaste into renewable nanomaterials for water purification, industrial separation, skin care, food & beverage filtration, wound healing and more.

Capacitor Sciences Inc – Pavel Lazarev, Founder and CTO – new materials technology for ultra-high energy density devices that can surpass the performance of lithium ion batteries by at least 10x in every metric

Novasentis – Francois Jeanneau, CEO – the world’s thinnest haptic actuator and sensor technology

Ampex Corp. – Richard Elkus (Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame– audio & video magnetic recording; first multi-track audio tape recorder, first practical video tape recorder (VTR)

In 2017 - Origin Stories were presented by:

Fibralign - growth & regeneration of human nerves and soft tissue enabled by nanotechnology scaffolding. In surgical trials now.

Nano Precision Medical - subdermal implants using nanostructured membranes provide long-term therapeutics for the treatment of chronic.diseases.

View Dynamic Glass - smart architectural glass responds to outdoor conditions and people's preferences - controlling heat, light, & glare.

Scuba Probe - imaging of live-cells and soft matter, with high spatial and temporal resolution. Fast, non-invasive imaging of dynamic biological processes at the nanometer scale.

Liquidity Nanotech Corporation - Electro-spun nanofiber 3D mesh filters pathogens - producing drinking quality water

In 2016 - Origin Stories were presented by:

Carbice - heat removal thermal interface using carbon nanotubes

Plasmotica - miniature sensors, microfluidics and mobile diagnostics

Protein Architects – self assembling protein scaffolds with tunable size and biochemistry

Chimera Bioengineering - builds biological transistors to solve cancer

Wisenstech – MEMS sensors                                             -Best Sensor Innovation Award at Sensor Expo 2016

General Nanotechnology – Atomic Force Microscope micromachining & much more


Registration Fees

-- Light Dinner & Break Refreshments Included --

IEEE Members:                           $11 (early)       $16       $30 (pay-at-door)

Non-IEEE Members:                   $17 (early)       $22       $35 (pay-at-door)

In Transition / Unemployed        $11 (early)       $16       $30 (pay-at-door)

Students:                                    $11 (early)       $16       $30 (pay-at-door)

Save $5 with early on-line registration on or before September 12th

Pay-At-Door will be available for only a limited number of attendees.

Pre-registration for Pay-At-Door begins at 7 am on September 15th (Adds to your cost).

Save with early registration and on-line ticket purchase !

Student Rebates: the first 20 students who register will have $5 of their registration fees refunded after the event concludes*.

*Only those who attend Origin Stories will receive rebates. (Funded by a special grant from NTC)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Job Seeker Assistance at this event:

In response to recent new layoffs, and continuing concerns for people seeking employment,

SFBA Nano is offering assistance to job seekers.

1. A table with CVs/resumes available for people to pick up, and

2. An "Announcement Slide" which will be projected during the initial networking session

Job Seekers:

1. Bring copies of your resume for distribution & display on the resume table.

2. Send a one-line description of yourself, to be displayed on the “Announcement Slide” (described above in item 1).

   Example, “Dr. Non Sequitur, over 35 yrs experience in Circular Arguments; seeking Marketing position”

Send your one-line description by September 17 to:


Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your own colleagues who may be seeking jobs.

Organizing committee: Glenn Friedman, Lincoln Bourne, Vasuda Bhatia, KRS Murthy

Have questions about Tech Company Origin Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Exploring Entrepreneurship? Contact IEEE SFBA Nanotechnology Council
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673 South Milpitas Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 9:40 PM (PDT)

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