Events: Upcoming Event


Monday, June 10, 2002


Topic: Informal Gathering of Texchange Members and Their Guests


Location: Buffalo Grille, Voss and Woodway
Time: 5:30

Late Registration: June 7, 2002

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Open to Members, their guests, and Non-Members

Pricing: $15.00 per person for Entrepreneur Members, $20.00 per person for Other Members. $30.00 per person for Non-Members.


Sponsor: This event generously sponsored by:


Frost is part of the Cullen/Frost Bank family. It is Texas' largest financial instiution and on the New York Stock Exchange. It has committed itself to supporting emerging technologies through its banking, insurance, investment banking, and trust services.


Dan Watkins, Ph.D, Nanospectra LLC and Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc.

Conrad Masterson, NanoTex

Dan Watkins is the CEO of Nanospectra LLC and Chairman of the Board of Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc. He is also a partner in A3 Associates LP. A3 Associates LP commercializes technology developed in research institutions.

Prior to co-founding Nanospectra in December 2000, Watkins served as a Vice President at Schnitzius & Vaughan, an investment banking firm. He has seven years experience in software development and operations management, most recently for Scientific Software Intercomp. Watkins is also a co-founder and serves on the steering committee of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In addition, Watkins is the Principle Investigator on an NSF grant to develop a “Rapid, Whole-blood Immunoassay” using Nanospectra’s optically-tunable nanoparticle technology.

Watkins received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. in Materials Science from Rice University. While at Carnegie Mellon, he also served as visiting researcher at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Conrrad Masterson: NanoTex's full-time executive, Conrad Masterson, is a "serial entrepreneur" living in Houston. He has been involved in six early-stage companies in Dallas and Houston where he has held executive positions ranging from general manager to CEO. Two of these grew to become publicly-traded and one is a division of a European software company. In addition to his having served as the director of several companies, Masterson is also one of the founders of the Houston Technology Center. He now serves as an advisory board member for the Houston Technology Center and on the board of TNI, the nanotechnology trade association in Texas. Masterson holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in business
administration from the University of Oklahoma.

For more info: .

Recommended Reading:

1, Nanotech Funding Foundation to be Established in Bayou City, Houston Business Journal.

2. Nanotechnology: A Brave New World is Born, Forbes.

3. Nanotechnology Basics: NanoTech Magazine

4. National Nanotechnology Investment
in the FY 2003 Budget Request by the President (MS Word Document)




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