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NYS + Israel = Nano Partnership


New York State has a new agreement with the nation of Israel aimed at increasing collaboration on nanotechnology research.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that his administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will expand technological and economic relations in nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter on an atomic scale.

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy said, “This partnership is yet another example of how Governor Cuomo has strengthened New York State’s global reputation as an attractive place to do business and create jobs. I thank the State of Israel for partnering with New York State to ensure the continued growth of the global nanotechnology industry. New York State is at the forefront of this industry, and I commend Dr. Alain Kaloyeros for his leadership and hard work on this agreement. Through this partnership, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering can continue to drive this emerging and rapidly growing field.”

Nili Shalev, Israel’s Economic Minister to North America, said, “This agreement is the first significant step to stimulate scientific and industrial collaboration in areas where both states excel. The partnership will enable Israeli companies to access to CNSE’s renowned facilities and collaborate with leading American and multinational companies on campus. It introduces many other opportunities, including industrial R&D and commercialization joint ventures, natural synergy between the two G450 Consortia of both states, and the enhancement of academic research in Nano scaling. I would like to congratulate Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Duffy and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of CNSE, for supporting this initiative.”

Duffy expects the agreement will serve to provide leveraging for a host of new international research and development and commercialization projects envisioned by Governor Cuomo.

Through the agreement, the Israeli government has allocated up to $300 million a year to fund access for Israeli companies and universities to CNSE’s state-of-the-art nanoscale technology infrastructure, facilities, and expertise, which Governor Cuomo’s office says are unparalleled worldwide.

CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros says the agreement will provide exciting career and economic opportunities for individuals and companies across the state.

Kaloyeros and Lt. Governor Duffy also addressed questions about an Associated Press report published last week that reported SUNY was considering splitting the Nano College off from UAlbany, dismissing the story.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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