The Nanotech Threat from the Developing World

Much of the past decade has been spent worrying about the potential toxicity of nanomaterials. We have had numerous government-funded projects, scores of publications by environmental groups, intense lobbying demanding the labelling of nanomaterials, and even a law suit. But while the developed world agonises over the use of nanomaterials, much of the rest of the world is simply getting …

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UK Technology Strategy Board Generates 700% ROI for UK plc

A fascinating statistic is contained in a Guardian piece about investment in science, “The UK’s own Technology Strategy Board helps the commercialisation of everything from low-carbon energy to more efficient ways of producing drugs, and already generates a return nearly £7 for every £1 invested from the public purse – but it receives just £300m of funding per year.” It makes it …

Nanotechnology & Cancer Therapeutics – The Next 10 Years

‘Survival time for all cancer types 40 years ago was just one year, now it is predicted to be nearly six years. This improvement is testament to the improvements in surgery, diagnosis, radiotherapy, and new drugs.’ –       Ciarán Devane, – Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support The healthcare market is poised to see some of the earliest benefits of nanotechnology. …

Nanotechnology in the UK – You Have To Be In It To Win It

There has been plenty of discussion from all quarters about how the UK failed to grasp the significance of nanotechnology, and instead spent years fretting over heath and safety implications. Without any real nanotechnology related activity in UK industry, worrying about the potential downside is like spending all your time planning what you will do if you win the lottery. …

The Market for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery in 2021 – Nanocarriers vs Drug Nanocrystals

There are two different approaches to Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery,  making drug crystals smaller to increase solubility and bioavailability, or using some form of carrier to deliver them in a more effective manner. If we look at the total market size in 2021, it is a 60/40 split in favour of drug nano crystals although we feel that developing new delivery mechanisms …

Where In The World Is the Market For Nanotechnology?

So by now we are all familiar with the statement that nanotechnology will be a trillion, three trillion or even a zero trillion dollar market, but who’s going to buy all that tiny stuff, and where? Will be be Africa, the US or China? As always, it all depends on what flavour of nanotech you are trying to sell. In the …

Sifting Twitter For Information

I’ve spent the last year trying to find a way of organising and making sense of the information that comes through Twitter, Facebook and Google+ TweetDeck is useful to organise things by category, keyword or people despite being prone to crashing on the iPad, as is Paper.li (here’s my version) although the choice of content isn’t as customisable as I …