Bridging industry needs, EPA technologies focus of 2007 Clean Water Partnership Summit

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Invitations will be extended to members of the business, environmental, research, venture capital and technology transfer sectors for the 2007 Clean Water Partnership Summit: Bridging Industry Needs and EPA Technologies, slated for September 5-6 in Cincinnati.

The summit is presented by the Intellectual Property Management Group’s Environmental Technologies (ET) Program, under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ET Program, located in Wheeling, W.Va., is a cooperative partnership between the West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation and the EPA.

Joseph Allen, WVHTC Foundation vice president and general manager, said, “Our goals for this event are to foster partnerships between the EPA and private sector organizations, further innovation in water research and development (R&D) as it relates to the environment and human health, and increase awareness of the synergistic research areas and technologies in the water sector that exist among the EPA, industry and universities.”

Summit sessions will be held at the EPA’s Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center and the nearby Marriott Kingsgate Conference Hotel.

Allen said those encouraged to attend the 2007 Clean Water Partnership Summit include R&D senior management, venture capital leaders, senior engineers and researchers, technology acquisition managers, business development professionals and university scientists.

By attending, participants will identify:
• Partnership networking opportunities with participating organizations, including the EPA, international associations, universities and industry, enabling them to leverage their research dollars,
• Emerging technologies and research capabilities,
• Solutions to address technological needs, and
• Networks of industry and government leaders in various environmental disciplines.

The main focus areas of the conference are drinking water, homeland security, sustainability and ecosystems.

The drinking water track will address state-of-the-science analytical methodology, instrumentation, monitoring and assessment technologies/tools to ensure safe and adequate drinking water protection, acquisition, treatment and distribution.

In the homeland security track, various aspects will be examined, including prevention and mitigation of terrorist attacks on drinking water by facilitating rapid hazard identification, establishing methods and technologies for evaluating attacks on water supplies, and developing containment, treatment, decontamination and disposal methods.

The sustainability track will cover research focused on constructing a sustainable environmental management system by developing methods and computer-based tools to minimize mankind’s impact on the earth. Green chemistry and green engineering develop cleaner and more efficient industrial processes and practices that reduce the bottom line and environmental impact.

The research in the ecosystems track contains broad highlights, including developing effective green technologies for pollution management and prevention, developing indicators such as gene probes and risk assessment tools, and creating and evaluating technologies/tools and monitoring techniques to assess and ensure the health of ecosystems. This area also encompasses research involving wastewater, groundwater and remediation. The preregistration deadline for the 2007 Clean Water Partnership Summit is August 27. For more information, call 866-483-4764 or e-mail the Environmental Technologies Program at etprogram@wvhtf.org. The WVHTC Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization based in Fairmont, W.Va., functioning as an engine of economic change for growing a statewide and regional high-tech business sector. The Foundation has established a multi-faceted approach to maximize economic development, including infrastructure development, research and development, commercialization and affiliate services.

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