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PCAST calls for ideas on how to nurture IT, biotech, and nanotech in the US

This week the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a call for ideas from, well, everybody about how the government can best encourage the development of emerging technologies in information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology (the “Golden Triangle”).

US Capitol DomeThis information-gathering process is being coordinated by the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), part of the PCAST. Through PCAST, PITAC advises the President on matters involving science, technology, and innovation policy. As part of its advisory activities, PITAC is soliciting information and ideas from stakeholders—including the research community, the private sector, universities, national laboratories, State and local governments, foundations, and nonprofit organizations—regarding a technological congruence that we have been calling the “Golden Triangle.”

…PITAC is interested in gaining a better understanding of how the Federal government can enhance this potential, and would like to gather public information and input as to how to best do so. It is posing the following question:

What are the critical infrastructures that only government can help provide that are needed to enable creation of new biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology products and innovations that will lead to new jobs and greater GDP?

If you have an idea you’d like to share, you can either go to the OpenPCAST website or be part of a live webcast on June 22.

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