Nanobiotech’s Impact on Area Manufacturing Considered

JHU enterprise chief, INBT director to speak at RMI event

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Aris Melissaratos

Two Johns Hopkins University experts will discuss the potential impact of nanobiotechnology on the direction of regional manufacturing at an Aug. 23 gathering hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Aris Melissaratos, senior advisor to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins and former secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and Peter Searson, professor in the Whiting School of Engineering and director of the university’s Institute for NanoBioTechnology, will speak at “From Research to Practice: An Evening with Aris Melissaratos.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md. 21230.

Melissaratos says entrepreneurial initiatives at Johns Hopkins, particularly those in the interdisciplinary realm of nanobiotechnology, will play a major role in driving the direction of manufacturing in the region.

Nanobiotechnology employs tools from both physical and life sciences to devise extremely small-scale approaches — devices and materials on the order of billionths of a meter in size — to health and environmental problems.

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Peter Searson

“Dr. Searson is an exciting visionary in nanobiotechnology,” Melissaratos says. “The breakthroughs that will come in this area will direct the future of industry.”

RMI, a non-profit association, was created for manufacturers in the Baltimore metropolitan area and involves representatives of business, government, education, labor and the community.

“Our hope is that this evening will be an opportunity to bring together experts like Dr. Searson with those people involved in translating technology into a manufactured product,” says Michael Galiazzo, executive director of RMI. “The work conducted by the faculty affiliated with the INBT represents the future of manufacturing in Maryland.”

For more information on “From Research to Practice: An Evening with Aris Melissaratos” and to register online, visit

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