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Mike Treder Takes New Position at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Mike Treder, executive director of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, leaves that position effective March 9, 2009, to become managing director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Treder co-founded CRN in 2002 with nanotechnologist Chris Phoenix, who will continue to direct the organization. Dr. James Hughes, executive director and co-founder of IEET, made the announcement.

"Mike is someone with a well-earned reputation for knowledge and expertise about a wide range of subjects, which he combines with a passion and competence in growing successful organizations," said Dr. Hughes. "We feel lucky to have him, and we're confident that he will help us better achieve our mission while at the same time expanding the important work he's done so well at CRN."

Mr. Treder, who has been a fellow of the IEET since its founding in 2004, said, "CRN and the IEET have always had close ties and overlapping missions. In this new role I can continue informing people about the disruptive potential of molecular manufacturing while working within the broader scope of the IEET."

"I look forward to engaging with Mike in his new position at the IEET to promote closer collaboration between our two organizations," said Mr. Phoenix. "We've accomplished a lot in raising awareness about the risks and benefits of advanced nanotechnology, and I'm sure we'll continue sharing and progressing toward the same goals."

The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology is a non-profit research and advocacy organization concerned with the major military, societal, and environmental implications of molecular manufacturing. CRN promotes public awareness and education, with the aim of creating and implementing wise, comprehensive, and balanced plans for global management of the technology. Mr. Treder will remain on the Board of Advisors for CRN.

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies is a globally-oriented think tank that promotes the work of experts who examine the social implications of scientific and technological progress. IEET aims to contribute to the understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies, and to help shape public policies that distribute the benefits and reduce the risks of technological advancement.

Mr. Treder is a prolific writer, speaker, and activist with a background in technology and communications company management. His essays on the Responsible Nanotechnology blog have gained a wide following, and he will continue to write as part of the IEET's Ethical Technology blog. As an accomplished presenter on the societal implications of emerging technologies, Mr. Treder has addressed conferences and groups around the world, including in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Mr. Treder lives in New York City.

Mr. Treder's other affiliations include:


Board of Directors, Humanity+


Scientific Advisory Board, Lifeboat Foundation


Advisory Board, Global Risks Council


Consultant, Future Technologies Advisory Group


Editorial Advisory Board, Nanotech Briefs


Consultant, AC/UNU Millennium Project


CRN was a non-profit research and advocacy organization, completely dependent on small grants and individual contributions.


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