Thank you for holding this meeting and for the opportunity to make public remarks today. My name is Vincent Caprio, and I am Founder and Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association.
The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a collaborative environment that nurtures research and innovation in nanotechnology, promotes technology transfer of nanotechnologies from academia to industry, encourages private capital investments in nanotechnology companies, and helps its company members bring nanotechnology products to the market. Since its establishment, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association has been advocating for increased investment of government funds to nanotechnology, such as basic research and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, throughout all the major government agencies.
I wanted to take a moment today to underscore my Association’s support, and my personal support, for President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 request of $11.881 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is a long-overdue increase. I am not sure the increase is enough honestly, but it is more than a $2 billion increase from last year’s budget, and a good start for fully funding our national’s top priority: protecting and restoring our environment.
Further, I wanted to highlight specifically my support for the budget request for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA’s office for the management of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This budget request is $124 million, an increase of over $60 million from last year, almost doubling the funding for the program. The budget request also includes critical staff increases of dozens of new subject matter experts and scientists for the TSCA program.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My cancer is the result of certain environmental exposures. So you can see, this topic is very personal to me. The work of EPA’s chemical management programs is critical to ensuring our full understanding of risks from chemicals using the best available science by the best scientists. The role of the office, and its career staff, is essential, and I am glad to see that the budget request reflects the importance of investing in these programs
NOVEMBER 29, 2021: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: VINCENT CAPRIO
EASTON, CT, 11/29/21: WATER INNOVATIONS ALLIANCE FOUNDATION / NANOBCA, educating
Americans in regard to the United States’ aging water infrastructure, today announced that Vincent Caprio, Founder and Executive Director, has been named to the 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100. As an advocate to repairing America’s water infrastructure, Mr. Caprio founded the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) in October 2008. In this role he created the Water 2.0 Conference series of which he is currently the Chairman Emeritus.
A pioneer at the intersection of business and technology, Vincent Caprio possesses a unique ability to spot emerging and societally significant technologies in their early stages. He successfully creates brands and business organizations focused on specific technology markets, and launches events that are not only educational, but also connect and empower stakeholders that include investors, technologists, CEOs and politicians. It is Mr. Caprio’s avid interest in history and background in finance that enabled him to be among the first to recognize the impact that specific technologies will have on business and society. By building community networks centered around his conferences, he has facilitated the growth of important new
technologies, including nanotechnology, clean water technology and most recently, engineering software. “The Honorees on the annual list show groundbreaking work and dedication to the field of sustainability and energy management,” says Paul Nastu, President of Environment+Energy Leader. “We’re thrilled to recognize this year’s Honorees and congratulate all who made the list.” Now in its fifth year, the annual Environment+Energy Leader 100 recognizes those environment and energy “doers” who break trail in creating new solutions, programs, platforms, best practices and products to help their companies – or other companies – achieve greater success in commercial and industrial environment and energy management. And it doesn’t just celebrate the C-suite, but also those top managers and in-the-trenches team members who are working diligently behind the scenes and shaping the industry. Nominations are open to the public and the final honoree list is selected by Environment+Energy Leader. See this year’s honorees and past honorees here: