ASSESSMENT OF R&D FOR RAPID VACCINE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION IN ASIA

Under sponsorship by NSF and other Federal agencies the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC), the nation’s leading organization for conducting international technology assessments, has commissioned a panel of U.S. experts to complete a study started in 2007 on the worldwide advances in Vaccine Development and Production. Previously the United States and Europe were analyzed; now Asia is the focus in this phase. Results will be presented in a FREE workshop to be held on May 5, 2010, 8:30am – 4:00pm, at the National Science Foundation (NSF), 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Stafford II, Room 555, Arlington, VA, 22230. Although the workshop is free, registration is required. For further information and registration visit: http://www.wtec.org/vaccine2/

The panel includes:
• Dr. Joseph Bielitzki, LENSAR, (Chair)
• Dr. Stephen W. Drew, Drew Solutions
• Dr. Cyril Gerard Gay, USDA
• Dr. Terrance Leighton, CHORI
• Dr. Sheldon Howard Jacobson, UIUC
• Dr. Mary Ritchey, Ritchey Associates

The panel will report on their visits to some 30 key academic and industrial institutions in 5 different countries in Asia. The panel will also compare findings in vaccine production with the latest research in the United States and Europe.

The full text of recently completed WTEC international reports on rapid vaccine manufacturing, brain-computer interfaces, carbon nanotube manufacturing, spin electronics, micromanufacturing, robotics, and many others are available free at http://wtec.org.

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