Participants and vendors have only a few weeks left to get tiny pricing for Nano Manufacturing 2017, a conference devoted to the production of extremely small things, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Greensboro.

Vendors have until Aug. 31 to secure early-bird pricing of $250 – a 50 percent discount – for exhibition space at the conference. Other participants have until Sept. 15 to get advance price breaks – $199 instead of $250 for professionals and $60 instead of $75 for students.

The fifth annual conference is expected to draw about 150 people from industry, academia, government and nonprofit organizations. The program will include a keynote speaker, four sessions, a poster session, awards and prizes, and an evening networking reception.

“This conference continues to be informative and relevant to individuals and organizations looking to create new markets, accelerate R&D and understand more about advanced manufacturing techniques, particularly those involving particles at the nano scale,” said Nancy Johnston, executive director of the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, a conference sponsor.

More than a dozen speakers will address issues, opportunities and challenges around innovation, startup companies, nanomanufacturing facilities and nanomanufacturing processes. Speakers will include Elizabeth Cates, vice president of R&D and materials scientist at Innegra Technologies; Steve Wilcenski, president of BN Nano; Courtney Warren, life science practice chair at Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Mid-Atlantic Region; and Sandeep Davé, chief business officer at AM Technical Solutions.

“This Conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the U.S.,” said Joe Magno, executive director of the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN).

The conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, an academic collaboration between North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The Joint School is located on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro.

“The conference provides an opportunity for the Joint School to demonstrate its unique capabilities as a statewide asset at Gateway University Research Park right here in the Piedmont Triad,” said Johnston. “People and place are important when facilitating industrial/academic networking and transforming communities.”

The conference is organized by the Joint School, Gateway and COIN.

For more information or to register, visit the conference’s registration page or contact Elie Azzi,, 336-285-2802.