From receptions and breakfasts to tailgating and a Durham Bulls game, the Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference in Durham next week aims to link dealmakers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

The two-day event features plenty of panel discussions and presentations about the latest trends and opportunities in the nanotechnology industry.

But since the theme of the event is commercialization – turning the industry of the small into big businesses – the organizers have packed in plenty of time for talk and deal-making away from the Bay 7 venue at the American Tobacco Historic District.

The conference is April 4-5 but the deal making could begin at a reception set for Tuesday night at the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology’s (COIN) headquarters in Durham.

COIN is co-hosting the conference along with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Here’s the networking breakdown:

  • Tuesday night

Opening Reception
Hors d’oeuvres and Drinks at COIN’s Headquarters
5-8 p.m. 
303 South Roxboro St.
Suite 30

  • Wednesday evening

1. Reception: Sponsored by Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC
National NanoArt Exhibition & Competition, “The Art of the Small”


2. VIP Tailgating Session 1 Sponsored by Foley
(One-to-One Meetings with Key Nanotechnology Executives and Thought Leaders available)

  • Thursday

1. 8 a.m. VIP Breakfast Sponsored by Carlyle and Conlan
Intersouth Partners’ 2nd floor boardroom
American Tobacco Campus

2. 4-5:30 p.m. VIP Tailgating Session 2 and Reception located in Bay 7
(One-to-One Meetings with Key Nanotechnology Executives and Thought Leaders available)


3. Reception Sponsored by: Aerotek, East Carolina University, Passe Intellectual Property LLC , CMG Partners, nanoTox

5:30-7 p.m. Nanotechnology Networking Reception in reserved VIP Section of Durham Bulls AAA Minor League Baseball Opening Night Game, Durham Bulls Athletic Park