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The National Nanotechnology Initiative from a Policy Perspective: Where are we and where are we going?

Celia Merzbacher

Agency Representative, National Science and Technology Council, Naval Research Laboratory, US

Dr. Celia Merzbacher has been on loan to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) since May 2003; she serves as an Agency Representative to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).   In this capacity Dr. Merzbacher handles matters relating to nanotechnology, intellectual property, technology transfer, and assistive technology.   She is also the OSTP liaison with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) during its review of the federal nanotechnology program.  Prior to taking her current position, Dr. Merzbacher was a Technology Transfer Officer at NRL, where she was responsible for intellectual property management and the negotiation of licenses and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).  Dr. Merzbacher began her career at NRL in 1989 developing advanced optical materials, for which she holds a number of patents.  Dr. Merzbacher came to NRL from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she did post-doctoral research after completing her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University.

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