Oxonica De List from AIM

The ‘Investors‘ page on the Oxonica site looks a bit bare today, after their de-listing from the AIM market yesterday. The move was billed as a cash saving measure. Presumably updating the web site less frequently is a similar tactic.

Oxonica to Delist from AIM

The UK’s nanotechnology powerhouse, Oxonica, has announced its intention to delist from the AIM market, citing the relatively small total market capitalisation of the Company, the small free float, the limited trading volumes in the Company’s shares and the significant direct and indirect costs of compliance with the AIM Rules” This might also have something to do with it… Oxonica is also …

Why Printed Electronics Is More Than E-Books

I mentioned recently our work at Envision on the need to be able to rapidly distinguish between various strains of pathogens and how nanotechnology plays a part, but printable electronics plays a greater role than simply producing the detectors. The beauty of being able to print devices is that costs become almost insignificant, so the critical semiconductor industry metric of yield, i.e. …

Swine Flu or a Common Cold? Our Nanotech Can Tell In Seconds

A criticism that has been levelled at nanotechnology is that after over $50 billion dollars of government funding, not much of use has emerged – yet. As someone involved on the investment side of business for a long time, finding opportunities that can be commercialised and profitable has been one of the hardest things to do. However, a lot of …

Why Nanotechnology Is NOT The “New Asbestos”

A recent poll by the UK charity the Mental Health Foundation found that 77% of people found the world more frightening than in 1999, and put some of the blame on the “worst-case-scenario language” sometimes used by politicians, pressure groups, businesses and public bodies. It does seem to be true that to get any kind of (media) attention you have …

Nanotechnology in Food (again)

The House of Lords Science & technology committee (or more accurately a sub committee) has started to investigate the use of nanotechnologies in the food sector and is calling for evidence.There’s plenty of it here. Certainly if our experience of running a  few Nanofood confernces and producing a number of reports on the subject is typical, the committee could find …

Out of the Lab

I have long been a fan of the mathematical modelling of materials – it does seem to offer a number of ways to both optimise existing materials and rapidly develop new ones. A growing number of chemists are now suggesting that their time would be better spent working on a computer than fiddling around in the lab, but I’ll keep …