Plastic Logic

According to an Israeli newspaper, “10% of Israel’s major plastics and rubber enterprises would begin using nanotechnology within two years.” This certainly correlates with our own analysis of R&D spending (see above). Unlike other predictions we have seens this week, such as a third of all DRAM memory being replaced by ‘nano memory’ by 2010, this plastics prediction is believable …

Boost Science, Boost Competitiveness?

There seems to be cautious optimism over the US technology funding plans unveiled in this weeks’s State of the Union Adress (which, in addition to the original language, you can also listen to in English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Farsi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish courtesy of the US Department of State). The New York Times takes a …

The Nanotech X Prize

Nanotech Buzz asks “What future accomplishment do you think deserves the X Prize for nanotechnology?” It’s a good question. While the original X prixe for manned space flight was a very clear and focussed objective, how would you develop a similar test for nanotech without it becoming too silly . Would it be a prize for the first flight of …

Bucking the Trend

Investors usually loathe materials companies, whether nano or not, but the exception seems to be nanomaterials producer Nanogram who just raised $18.7 million in a new round. Investors who like the look of nanomaterials (or at least the proceeds of NanoGram Technology subsidiary to Wilson Greatbatch Technologies in 2004 for $45 million in cash) include Technology Partners and NanoGram’s existing …

A Flock Of Indices?

Or should that be a gaggle? The fad for nanotech indices continues, with the latest players being the International Securities Exchange, while the Lux Index dumps some poorly performing stocks for some better looking ones with an equally tenuous link to nanotech. While there is plenty of choice for investors wanting to track the “nanotech industry’ , we still think …

We Buy Nano – $1 million to US$100 million – Call Now!

A “Silicon Valley Nano Newsletter, January 2006″ just plunked into our inbox announcing a billion dollar nanotech buyout (perhaps)… Marketplace – RFP for acquisition of your nano bio, chemical, energy, or material start-up or early stage company. European Company seeks to acquire US nanotechnology companies from start-up to established and is prepared to pay from US$1 million to US$100 million. …

A Happy New Year Baht’at

While we were relaxing on the farm over Xmas (Ilkley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales seen above on Boxing day is where the ancestral home stands) Qinetiqs lawyers were busily getting clearance for a $2 billion IPO. Before anyone gets too excited about a new nanotech stock with a market cap of over a pocket full of change …

Yet Another ‘Nanotechnology Industry’ Index

Latest to produce a ‘nanotechnology industry’ index are San Francisco’s Global Crown Capital, which is claimed to be “the industry’s first pure play nanotechnology index.” The companies comprising the index, as well as their descriptions are listed below. Given the similarities between all of these indices, and the small number of publicly traded stocks that have much of a nanotech …