Navigating the Uncertainty of Nanotechnology: Insight from Characterization to Safety


Gary S. Casuccio, RJ Lee Group Vice President and Senior Scientist, will participate in the continuing Nano & Bio Roundtable™ Series presented by the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) in collaboration with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and East Carolina University. Mr. Casuccio will be one of three participants discussing the topic “An Ounce of Prevention: Developing Safe Nanomaterials for Commercial Use,” as it applies to effectively harnessing the emerging power of nano in the commercial marketplace by balancing the development of safe nanomaterials with human health and the environment. Presenting with Mr. Casuccio will be Dr. Nigel Walker, Deputy Program Director for Science for the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Dr. Jared Brown, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine.

Mr. Casuccio has more than 30 years of experience in the characterization of particulate matter using electron microscopy techniques for environmental, industrial hygiene, powder metals, pharmaceutical, and metallurgical applications. He serves as an advisor and consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding individual particle analysis. He has also been active in the development of analytical methodologies based on microscopy techniques and served as the group leader in the development of ASTM standards related to the sampling and analysis protocols of single-crystal ceramic whiskers. With respect to nanoparticles, Mr. Casuccio is working with industry, several national laboratories, and government agencies (DOE, EPA, NIST, and NIOSH) in the evaluation of nanoparticles from an industrial hygiene and environmental perspective.

Roundtable events are hosted approximately every other month and feature presentations by CEOs and thought leaders on topics relevant to the business needs and opportunities for nanobio companies. This program will appeal to business executives and managers, technology scouts, researchers, product developers and those interested in nanobiotechnology. It is an opportunity to interact with nanobio business professionals, scientists, potential partners, and customers. To register please contact Clare Valcore at clare@bionanotech.org or phone at (919) 680-2070.

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