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Standardization and Innovation: ANSI Annual Conference October 11, 2006


New York, Sep 05, 2006

"Standardization and Innovation" is the theme of the American National Standards Institute’s 2006 Annual Conference, to be held on October 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The event will examine how innovation is affecting the development of trade strategies, our national healthcare system, and the acceleration of emerging technologies.

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has been invited to open the conference as the keynote speaker and will share his thoughts on how standards enhance trade and play a vital role in economic competitiveness, providing the fuel for manufacturing, communications, transportation and services.

The first conference panel will bring together leaders from some of the most innovative companies in the U.S. to discuss how their organizations contribute innovation to the American engine and how standards and conformity assessment programs support their successful entrance and endurance in global markets. Panel II will approach the ways that standards are improving healthcare, from patient safety to electronic health records and advances in medical instrumentation.

Research and innovation in nanotechnology is an international pursuit that will lag without the necessary standards to support rapid commercialization. The third panel of the day will give a glimpse into the current and future industrial applications of nanotechnology through the eyes of those closest to the industry’s development.

The last presentation of the day features a thought leader from Microsoft who will share insight into the software leader’s partnerships with universities, governments, corporate enterprises and consumers. The company is part of a broader global eco-system promoting market choice and competition in the Information Age to move the state of the art forward in ways that can improve trade, access and knowledge to benefit everyone.

For more information and to register for the ANSI Annual Conference and other World Standards Week events, visit www.ansi.org/wsweek.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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