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Lockton Supports US Nanotechnology Leader’s Visit to UK

Tours and meetings promote nanotechnology awareness and research, include insurance-specific conversations

Dr. Michael Meador, Director of the US National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), toured facilities and met with scientists and leadership from two of the United Kingdom’s most respected nanotechnology research institutions, the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester and the NanoManufacturing Institute at the University of Leeds during the week of October 19, 2015.

Following a sold out public lecture at the Royal Institution of Great Britain called “Nanotechnology 101: The Biggest Thing You’ve Never Seen,” Dr. Meador continued on to tour the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, where he discussed crossover applications in nanotechnology and space exploration science with scientists and researchers.

Allen Gelwick, Executive Vice President with Lockton, along with XL Catlin and Navigators International, hosted a private luncheon for insurance thought leaders featuring Dr. Meador, Prof. Gaston Gonnet from CeeqIT, a software development company, and Trevor Maynard, from Lloyd’s of London.

Given the insurance community’s focus on utilizing big data and predictive risk modeling, the luncheon provided a forum to better understand how informatics and algorithms may be used for emerging risks arising from nanotechnology. The discussion prompted interest from Dr. Meador in convening a similar meeting in the US with leaders from the insurance industry.

“I was thrilled to be able to facilitate this visit,” said Gelwick. “As we face growing challenges surrounding big data, nanotechnology and nanoinformatics will play a crucial role in things like predictive modeling for risk. The more big thinkers we can engage in these discussions from around the world, the better.”

Throughout his visit as an advocate for nanotechnology, Meador stressed that it’s all around, the most obvious example being in mobile phones. He focused on how this emerging, disruptive technology will change the world in the near future, exploring everything from invisibility cloaks to lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles, and even a possible cure for cancer.

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