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Stephen B. Maebius is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Foley and Lardner LLP, where he leads the law firm's nanotechnology industry team. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of the industry organization, NanoBusiness Alliance, New York City, and as editor in chief of Nanotechnology Law and Business Journal. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's biotechnology group. He spoke to IEEE Spectrum associate editor Samuel K. Moore on 18 May at the Nanobusiness 2004 conference in New York City.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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