Penton Media Announces Premiere Event Focused on Nanotechnology - NanoBusiness Spring 2002

DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 26, 2002--Penton Media (NYSE: PME, http://www.penton.com), today announced details of its premier event focused on the emerging nanotechnology industry - NanoBusiness Spring 2002, to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, from May 19 - 21.

Also covering other small technologies, NanoBusiness Spring is the first major event designed to drive forward the emerging business of microsystems and nanotechnology. Conference delegates will participate in a highly charged atmosphere of compelling presentations, demonstrations, networking and business deals. Produced in association with the NanoBusiness Alliance, NanoBusiness Spring brings together the top innovators and business leaders of this industry. Complete event information and online registration can be found at http://www.nanobusiness-spring.com.

The event's conference sessions are organized in three distinctly focused areas: The Business of Nanotechnology, Emerging Markets and Technological Issues and Advancements. In addition, NanoBusiness Spring will present a "bootcamp for entrepreneurs," featuring a dedicated set of panels, workshops and presentations for entrepreneurs and academics looking for help in finding funding, developing business plans, and otherwise entering the marketplace. Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to present their ideas to venture capitalists and other investors.

Penton Media has assembled a distinguished faculty for NanoBusiness Spring, comprised of the true leaders of what's being cited as the "tiny revolution." Kicking-off with a keynote address by Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Honorary Chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance, the event will also feature presentations by:

    --  Steve Jurvetson, Managing Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
    --  Mike Roco, Director, National Nanotech Initiative
    --  Meyya Meyyapan, Director, NASA Ames Nanotechnology Laboratory
    --  Rick Snyder, CEO, Ardesta
    --  Steve Wilson, Founder, C-Sixty
    --  Rod MacGregor, President and CEO, NanoMuscle
    --  Christine Peterson, Executive Director, Foresight Institute
    --  Jim Hegadorn, Director, Fuji Photo
    --  Brian Moore, President and CTO, BigbangWidth
    --  Ted Annis, CEO, NanoBio
    --  D.J. Freed, Vice President, Nanophase
    --  Tim Harper, CEO, CMP - Cientifica
    --  Vic Kulkarni, COO, Sequence Design
    --  Kevin McGovern, Partner, Angstrom Partners
    --  Ed Moran, Director, Deloitte & Touche
    --  Eric Sun, CEO, Nanocs
    --  Josh Wolfe, Partner, Lux Capital

Topics include Funding the Small Tech Revolution, Sizing The Small Tech Market, Small Tech in Europe, Emerging Markets for Nanoproducts, and The Intersection of Small Tech and Biotech. NanoBusiness Spring will also feature two in-depth case studies in the areas of Telecom and IT.

"The rapidly emerging opportunities in small technology have caused considerable excitement within the business, financial and technology communities," stated Megan Forrester, Senior Vice President, Penton Media, "and we've created NanoBusiness Spring as the premiere event where these groups can converge with leaders from divergent sectors, including government, academia, medicine and more."

Penton Media (NYSE: PME - news) is a leading, global business-to-business media company that produces market-focused magazines, trade shows and conferences, and Web sites. Penton's integrated media portfolio serves the following industries: Internet/broadband; information technology; electronics; natural products; food/retail; manufacturing; design/engineering; supply chain; aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality. For more information, visit www.penton.com.


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