Montreux, Switzerland…September 5, 2018…The final technical program for the Micro, Nano and Emerging Technologies Commercialization Education Foundation’s (MANCEF) annual Commercialization of Emerging Technologies Conference (COMS) has been announced by the conference co-chairs…Prof. Dr. Volker Saile, President of MANCEF and Phillippe Fischer, microtechnology engineer and director of the Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM), representing the co- sponsors of this event. 

Over 45 speakers including eight keynoters will convene at the elegant Grand Suisse Hotel Majestic in Montreux Switzerland overlooking Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps from September 24-26, 2018 to discuss the business opportunities to be enabled from a broad range of emerging technologies.  The conference will provide the latest information on manufacturing processes, technology transfer, facilities, infrastructure, investment applications and markets as well as addressing regulatory issues, social implications, education and workforce development.    In addition to the technical presentations, several panel discussions will address major current and future technology commercialization opportunities and challenges.  

A September 24 “boot camp” will be conducted for entrepreneurs of startups to help them launch and further grow their organizations.   A guided tour of the world-famous CERN accelerator center will take place on September 27.

Dr. Todd Christenson, Program Chair and Director of the MANCEF organizing committee said…”COMS has a well-established and highly-regarded legacy of being the only conference worldwide exclusively dedicated to addressing the commercialization of technology.   While technology will be the basis of all of the presentations, our intent is to continue to address the successful processes and mechanisms to bring these technology-based products and services to the market in a timely fashion”.

Many of the presentations will address the manufacturing processes by which these emerging technologies become successful products.  The conference has been quite fortunate to attract such a broad spectrum of world-renowned speakers who will address topics including:

Mr. Edward “Ted” Byrne, COMS Conference Coordinator and Exhibition Manager said…”The annual COMS event, in its 23rd.year, is the” jewel in the crown” of MANCEF and is expected to attract a broad spectrum of participants including those from the worldwide venture capital community, management level executives from the commercial technology community, institute technologists and regional and federal policy makers.   Switzerland, being a worldwide hub of nano and microtechnology expertise, was a perfect location for our event”

Interested parties can obtain additional information as well as registration details, hotel accommodations and registration for the CERN trip by going to the COMS 2018 website…

In addition, a table top exhibition will take place in conjunction with the technical program.   Individuals and organizations wishing to participate in these activities are encourages to go to the COMS 2018 website… for additional information.


The Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM) is a private foundation which promotes micro technology and its applications with offers in continuous education and conference organization. Its courses are targeted for industrial engineers and focus mainly on high level technical content, especially new technologies and in particular micro and nano tech. The FSRM has been organising conferences and congresses for many years in micro and nano technologies.


The Micro, Nano and Emerging Technologies Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF), founded in2000, is a non-profit organization which connects the global community focused on commercializing micro, nano and emerging technologies through conferences and educational efforts.  MANCEF has held COMS in all regions of the world, and has helped many small firms achieve their funding goals.  MANCEF was the first to support international commercialization conferences in Asia and Australia with a variety of supported events in India, China and Australia. The mission has always been to break down the barriers between the various stakeholder groups through education, focusing not on data but rather information, knowledge and hopefully wisdom.

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