Testimony of Andrew D. Maynard, Ph.D. Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology

Source Organization: Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Speaker: Andrew D. Maynard, Ph.D.

Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Venue: United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology


04/16/2008 - Nanotechnology has vast potential to address some of the greatest challenges facing society, including global climate change, poverty and disease.  And with this potential comes the possibility of stimulating sustainable economic growth and job creation.  The success of nanotechnology, however, is not a foregone conclusion.  Alongside the challenges of developing the underlying science are the broader issues that will influence its success or failure:

  • How can we learn to use such powerful technology wisely?
  • Who will decide how it is used, and who will pay the cost?
  • How can innovative science be translated into successful products?
  • And in an increasingly crowded and connected world, how will the supposed beneficiaries of nanotechnology be engaged in its development and use?
These questions will not be answered without clear strategy.  And without vision and strong leadership, the future of safe and successful nanotechnologies will be put in jeopardy.

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