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Environmental Conference To Discuss Privatization Of Publicly Funded Research

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Public and private sector leaders, ranging from researchers to venture capitalists, will gather for a two-day conference this week to discuss ways to privatize publicly funded environmental research projects.

The "Improving Our Air, Protecting Our Health" event is set for Sept. 26-27 in RTP.

Participants include the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina. The Environmental Technologies Program, an intellectual property management group based in Wheeling, W.Va. is putting on the event.

Speakers include government and university officials as well as members of the entrepreneurial and venture capital industries.

Research into air modeling and monitoring; transportation and air quality; environmental and computational toxicology; and human exposure will be discussed with an emphasis on potential partnerships with the private sector.

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