Joe Piché, CEO of Eikos (far right)

FRANKLIN, MA, December 4, 2003 -- Joe Piché, Eikos Inc. CEO and founder, recently attended the Oval Office signing ceremony for the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which puts into law programs and activities supported by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). This initiative is one of President Bush’s highest multi-agency research and development priorities. The Act authorizes appropriations for nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanotechnology research.

At the Oval Office signing, Joe joined other leading figures in the nanotech industry as well as cabinet and elected officials who have played a part in creating and advancing this important new initiative.

According to a White House statement, "Nanotechnology offers the promise of breakthroughs that will revolutionize the way we detect and treat disease, monitor and protect the environment, produce and store energy, and build complex structures as small as an electronic circuit or as large as an airplane."

After the ceremony, Joe said, “It is a great honor to be invited to attend such an event and of course to meet the President. This Bill will ensure that U.S. companies and universities can establish world leadership in these critical new technologies, which promise to revolutionize so many products and processes. I applaud the President for his leadership in this area, as well as others in public service and private industry who have worked so hard to bring this to fruition.”

About Eikos

Eikos Inc. is a developer and licensor of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for conductive coatings and circuits for use in flat panel displays, OLED lighting, solar cells, smart windows and other established markets. Eikos’ patented InvisiconTM transparent conductors (‘nanowires’) will enable high volume, low cost production of a thinner, more flexible and more durable conductive coating technology that will displace Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) as the industry standard. A privately held company headquartered in Franklin Massachusetts, Eikos has a number of licenses and development contracts with major global companies, U.S. military agencies and NASA and is planning to establish manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Asia. For more information, please visit us at www.eikos.com.