TechConnect #techconnect keeps getting better every year! Anaheim was a great location, with a good mix of entrepreneurs and investors! Looking forward to the next one in Boston in May 2019. I chaired a very engaging panel of experts who elaborated on the biggest problem facing the industrial production of uniform nanoparticles. I showcased Notre Dame’s expanding Nanoparticles synthesis capabilities. Prof. Leevy talked about the challenges of being an entrepreneur in an academic setting and how Notre Dame’s IDEA center #IDEAcenter is making that process easier. Dr. Andrew Wang, the co-founder of Ocean Nanotech and Alpha BioBeads, talked about the current challenges of commercially synthesizing nanomaterials. Dr. Wei Wang or Saudi Aramco Research Center further expounded on the need to translate nanotechnology from a working concept in the lab to a fully working field instrument in challenging environments such as offshore oil wells. Finally, Dr. Parlak who founded ‘Qatch diagnostics technologies’ talked about the joys, pains and unique satisfaction of running a startup.