Conferences Overview

COMS (Commercialization of Emerging Technologies)

Commercialization of Emerging Technologies Conferences (COMS) are now a well-established series of international conferences focused primarily on all issues associated with commercialization. They are hands-on practical conferences that help companies find new markets and customers for their products. Initially, micro-nanotechnologies or small technologies, were the main subjects of conference programs. Since these are now well-established enablers for the manufacture of a whole range of products, COMS is now extended to cover the wider landscape of emergent technologies that will have a commercial impact on the global market.

COMS conferences are 3-4 day events with an accompanying exhibition and an entrepreneurial workshop, known as a boot camp, for small companies, startups and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Who attends COMS:

Benefactors include:

  • Local economic development stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Large cap / mid cap product development VPs/directors/managers government and academic IP licensing agents
  • Technology industry consultants
  • Management of innovation and disruptive technology practitioners venture, angel, and institutional investors

i.e. this IS NOT an academic focused conference. It IS about creating and growing businesses, expanding the local economy and adding jobs.

COMETS (Commercialization of Emerging Technologies)

At COMS2007 in Melbourne, the MANCEF Board decided to extend its annual conference activities to include at least one, smaller, sector focussed conference.
The first MANCEF COMET, co-sponsored with ASME, was held in Hong Kong June 3-5, 2008, titled the ‘International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems.’

MANCEF held a one-day COMET on 30 January 2013 in Tokyo’s Big Sight during the Nano Tech 2013 expo. The event focused on commercialization of nanotechnology and MEMS and how different countries achieve lab-to-market success.

After a discussion at COMS2008 in Mexico with Philip Fischer, Director of Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM) and MANCEF Board members, it was decided to launch a COMET in January 2009 at the alpine village, Villars-sur-Ollon in Switzerland, on ‘Equipment for Manufacturing Microproducts’. It was organised and managed by the Swiss organisation, Micronarc, a dedicated micro-nanotech cluster and communication platform created by the governments of the seven cantons that constitute Western Switzerland. Micronarc’s primarily role is the development and promotion of the regional scientific, industrial and economic base in the sectors of microtechnologies.

The success of the first COMET conference encouraged Micronarc to keep the format and continue with a series of conferences that became known as the Microproducts Annual Meeting (MAM). In 2015 the name was rebranded as The Micronarc Alpine Meeting. The series continues to grow in strength and has just completed its 10th edition. The continued success of MAM two-day conferences is mainly due to the professionalism of its organisation and the high quality of the invited speakers, all specialists in their fields. In recent years its scope has been broadened to cover equipment, innovative processes and technologies for manufacturing microproducts. The idyllic location of Villars in Switzerland gives spectacular views of the Vaud Alps extending from Lake Geneva to Mont-Blanc.

Entrepreneurial Bootcamps

  • COMS Conferences are sometimes preceded by one day long “entrepreneurial bootcamp”
  • Addressing all issues of technology commercialization from formation and fundraising to marketing and scaling with mentors from MANCEF
  • Knowledge and experience sharing environment
  • This is not a ‘shark tank’ but an all day meeting of highly interactive one-on-one working sessions where entrepreneurs have access to mentors and learn how to maximize opportunities for success
  • Presentation ceremony during conference celebrates 3 ‘winners’ of the bootcamp process with cash awards

Micronarc Alpine Meetings (MAM) ~ Since 2010 

The annual MAM conferences focus on equipment for high‐volume manufacturing of microproducts, including larger products produced with micro‐scale tolerances. Conference participants can expect two days of high‐quality presentations on various applications and state‐of‐the‐art micromanufacturing technologies. The conference comprises a single track of sessions, providing participants with an excellent overview of micro‐manufacturing technologies via invited‐only, high‐level speakers. The limited number of participants (~ 100 max), from both industry and academia, is an ideal number for quality networking and stimulating discussions over two days. Furthermore, the idyllic setting in the Alpine ski‐station of Villars simply adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the meeting.

Summary Reports for Past MAMs