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MEDIA ADVISORY: New Agreements to Be Signed at MU that Support Local and State Economic Activity

Story Contact(s):
Christian Basi,, 573-882-4430

WHAT: A financial agreement and two letters of intent will be signed by representatives from the University of Missouri; the city of Columbia; Nanova, Inc., a company based on research from MU; and Wujin, a technology industrial district in China. Officials from Nanova will sign an investment agreement to support commercialization of new technology, providing an important investment in the regional economy.

WHO: Speakers include:

  • Columba Mayor Bob McDavid
  • Bin Zhou, director of the Wujin District in China
  • MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton
  • Hao Li, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at MU

WHEN: 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26
                        10:15 a.m. – Introductions and welcome
                        10:30 a.m. – Presentations by Zhou, McDavid, and Middleton
                        10:50 a.m. – Letters of intent with city of Columbia and MU signed
                        11 a.m. – Presentation by Li
                        11:30 a.m. – Signature of financial agreement

                        A private luncheon will follow the ceremony at noon.

WHERE: Mark Twain Ballroom, Room N201
                Memorial Union, MU Campus

NOTE: Nanova, Inc, is a company based on the research of Hao Li and Qingsong Yu, both associate professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Meng Chen, chief scientist from Nanova. Currently, the scientists are working on a dental instrument that can disinfect and clean cavities for fillings in less than 30 seconds with no side effects.