Back to the NanoFuture with IDEA3

Seven and a half years ago I accepted an invitation from the World Economic Forum (WEF) to join something called the Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnologies. The aim was to address the main challenges facing nanotechnology. Nobody involved either at WEF or nanotechnology seemed to have any idea what the outcome would be other than if you could get enough …

Funding for High Growth Yorkshire Nanotech SME’s

As any SME knows, funding is a key bottleneck. VC’s and angels may want huge wads of equity to cover the risk of an early stage technology business while banks simply aren’t interested until you can demonstrate some sales (despite what they may tell you). One route I’ve used effectively in the past is grant funding, and I’ve worked with the European …

One Place Where Nano Isn’t Wanted

I’m usually pretty enthusiastic about all things ‘nano’ but I’m wondering what on earth went wrong with my tomatoes? I can live with cherry tomatoes but as a result of proximity to my home office these seem to be nano tomatoes. Even worse, the cost of raising this crop gives them a price per Kg that’s not too different from …

Iran Catching UK In Terms Of Nanotech Research?

Playing with the new stats site from the Iranian Nanotech Initiative I couldn’t resist a few comparisons. Here’s a comparison between the UK and Iran of articles published on nanotechnology – the site explains the methodology in terms of keywords and of course these comparisons are never perfect. While Iran seems to be closing the gap this is based on numbers …

Tiny Steps Towards a framework for democratic governance of nanotech risks and benefits in the global South

We have been looking at issues surrounding nanotechnology & development for almost  decade, so a new brief from Nano-Dev called “Nanotechnologies for development: Towards a framework for democratic governance of risks and benefits in the global South” naturally caught our eye (available as a PDF here). Unfortunately it’s another report that fudges the issue by concluding that while nanotechnology may have some advantages there …

Nanotech & Medical Diagnostics – Changing The Way We Live and Die?

Medical diagnostics are a subject close to my heart, and not simply because it we have a medical diagnostics company under the Cientifica umbrella. I have an elder brother who died last month as a result of undiagnosed cancer metastasizing until by the time symptoms appeared there were no treatment options left.  My father, currently in the last stages of …

The New iPad3 and Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology was touted as being a ‘trillion dollar market by 2015’ back in the late 90’s, and since then we have all spent a lot of time trying to figure out whether that will be true,  or whether it will be a two, three or zero trillion dollar market. Perhaps we needed’t have bothered. A lot of the discussion about …

India vs China in Nanotech: All Over In The First Round?

Every year we take a look at the global funding of nanotechnologies, a project that started out in the early days of nanotechnology when people desperately wanted to see who was pumping in the most cash and whether the US, Japan or Europe was leading the race. Of course pure numbers on their own aren’t much good, which is why …

The Challenge Will Not Just Be The New Ideas But Leaving The Old Ones Behind

It’s nice to see some constructive criticism of the plethora of technology roadmaps which governments commission and then ignore. One of the latest comes from the Australian Enabling Technologies Roadmap – or at least the consultation stage for it. The roadmap is focused on new forms of nanotechnology and biotechnology (including synthetic biology). Matthew Kearnes, of the University of New South Wales, …