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PCAST Desires Public Input on Critical Infrastructures for Technology Innovation

The President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) is looking for advice regarding infrastructures paramount to innovation in information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Comments can be submitted to the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) through the online portal OpenPCAST.

Specifically, PITAC asks:

What are the critical infrastructures that only government can help provide that are needed to enable creation of new biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology products and innovations – a technological congruence that we have been calling the “Golden Triangle” – that will lead to new jobs and greater GDP?

PCAST is also hosting a webcast on June 22nd between 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. During the webcast, comments can be submitted via email (, or PCAST’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The information obtained from these activities should support the implementation of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation. Furthermore, the announcement mentions an upcoming PCAST/PITAC initiative to create jobs through science, technology and innovation.

For a link to the webcast, visit the PCAST website on June 22 before 10 a.m.

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PCAST Desires Public Input on Critical Infrastructures for Technology Innovation