Tomorrow, representatives from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) will visit the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to discuss the role and impact of nanomanufacturing in the U.S. economy.
Joseph DeSimone, Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, will host the visit. DeSimone is also the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC, and the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State University and of Chemistry at UNC. DeSimone is known for developing a nanomanufacturing process in his academic laboratory that enables the mass production of precisely tailored nanoparticles for a wide range of applications, including for use as vaccines and therapeutics. The technology, called Particle Replication In Non-Wetting Templates (PRINT®), is licensed to Liquidia Technologies, which DeSimone co-founded in 2004. Liquidia currently has its first PRINT nanoparticle-based product in clinical trials.
Led by GAO Chief Scientist, Dr. Timothy Persons, the visiting group also includes Philip Farah, Assistant Director of the GAO’s Center for Economics, as well as Karen Howard and Karin Wallestad, both GAO Analysts. A former radiation physicist at UNC-Chapel Hill, Persons is also Co-Director of the GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering. He is an expert advisor and chief consultant to the GAO, Congress, and various federal agencies on cutting-edge science and technology, as well as a range of other areas including engineering policies, original research studies, and the efficient and effective use of science and technology in government programs.
The GAO’s visit comes ahead of a Comptroller General Forum on the topic of nanomanufacturing, in which Dr. DeSimone will participate in July 2013. The Forum will be facilitated by the National Academy of Sciences and will take place at the GAO in Washington, D.C.