The Riskiest Aspect of Nanotech is…Investment?

The Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies reports that “Nanotechnology Doesn’t Make News” As part of their project, the center have looked at press coverage of nanotechnologies. Sensibly, they have concentrated on mainstream media rather than specialist publications. The report makes fascinating reading, especially the comment that “Twenty-fourpercent of U.S. news items noted a risk — with investment risk cited …

Opportunities in South East Europe?

Greece has played a major role in science and technology in the past, if not recently, giving us the earliest scientists, much of the language of science, and as many people giving presentations about nanotechnologies never hesitate to remind us, the words ‘nano’ and ‘technology.’ I was in Athens this week on a non nano related mission and managed to …

Nano Management

Switching between the academic and business worlds it is fascinating to see the similarities. Jumping from judging business plans in Padua to chairing the Austrian NANO Initiative’s Science and Technology Advisory Council would, at first sight seem to be completely different. Although the source of the funding may differ, much of the potential success, or otherwise of any project often …

Fight!

There’s nothing like a good scrap, and the current one is between nanotechnology.com (with whom we have had the odd run in) and Lux Research. The excellent Steve Edwards takes Lux to task over their Exchange Traded nanotech Fund. We particularly enjoyed his comments on the inclusion of General Motors. We actually agree with Steve that most of these so …

Nanochallenge: The Winners

I just spent a fascinating (and busy) 48 hours as a judge for Veneto Nanotech’s Nanochallenge competition. For those not familiar with the event, it offers a prize of 200,000 euros plus 100,000 of ‘in kind’ benefits such as facilities, administrative and legal support for the winner. While this may not be much to a Nanosys, it is prizes of …

Take The Next Exit?

Nanosys seem to be burning though cash and just closed a new $40 million round with no less than seventeen investors. Information Week asks the right sort of question – why did Nanosys for a venture capital round rather than a repeated attempt at an IPO? – although a cynic may answer in order to develop a product before the …

Crime and Punishment

Back in 2001, while Henrik Schoen was busy fiddling his lab results at Bell Labs, Robert Papalia was up to something similar at Nano World Projects Corp, a company whose business was “the development and commercial exploitation of nanotechnology.” While Schoen was pilloried by the scientific establishment, perhaps to deflect any criticism of the publishers who were only too happy …

Finally…

The good day for M&A continues with the news that Small Times, who were cut loose from founders and backers Ardesta at the beginning of the year after haemorrhaging staff and money finally got acquired by technology publishers Penn Well. We’ve had a good time with Small Times over the years, and they have some excellent journalists, but with the …

Biophan Has a Brainstorm?

We seem to be bombarded almost daily by press releases from Biophan covering everything from their plans for the future to the CFO’s bowel movements (well, fortunately not quite). Since the onslaught began on August 11th we have received 14 releases though Business Wire (sometimes twice a day) and the companies stock price has plummeted by almost 20%. Whether the …