While President Obama’s State of the Union address from Tuesday night is now history, the ongoing impact on cleantech and nanotech is yet unknown.
Cleantech was strongly promoted in the speech, of course. A gap exists, however, where on one hand, the government speaks of funding basic research, whereas on the other hand, the government speaks of end impact on society like large numbers of electric cars being driven. What about the middle? Attention must be given to advancing avenues for getting from R&D to U.S. jobs and large volume manufacturing. We in technology transfer well-know the middle zone, related to the "valley of death," but does the government understand this concept and if so, what is it doing about it?