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Chinese and Brazilian Authorities to sign Nanotechnology Patent Agreement
China's National Centre for Research in Nanotechnology Engineering and Brazil's National Nanotechnology Laboratory are set to 'sign a cooperation programme to share the benefits of future patents'
BBC looks at how Nanotechnology is used to fight flooding in Thailand
A report by the BBC has looked at how nanotechnology had been used to tackle the recent flooding in Thailand. It states that the solutions which were engineered could also 'help save lives' in other countries
China to provide Nanotechnology Support to Ecuador
China is set to support the research and development of nanotechnology in Ecuador, according to a report. The announcement follows the visit of an Ecuadorian delegation to Chinese universities and research centres earlier this year
Argentinian National Agencies to increase Collaboration on Nano Issues
The Argentinian National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) has announced that it has reached an agreement with the country's National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) for the two agencies to better cooperate in the areas of research and development. One of the areas specifically earmarked for greater corroboration was nanotechnology
Interview profiles the NIA, highlights Work done and future Plans
An interview recently published by Research Media Ltd. has profiled the NIA, calling it 'one of the most proactive stakeholders within the nanotechnologies community'. In the interview, the NIA's Director General Steffi Friedrichs details the association's values, on-going work in the field and plans for the future
British TSB to undertake Nano Challenges in 2012-13
The UK's TSB has revealed that it will provide funding in order to address nanotechnology-related issues in the forthcoming year. This was announced in a document recently published by the TSB, entitled Delivery Plan: Financial year 2012-13
Nigerian Minister asks Country to embrace Nanotechnologies
The Nigerian Minister of the Environment has called upon her countrymen to seize the opportunities nanotechnology represents, as it could help 'address environmental challenges'. The call highlighted the necessity for the country 'to maintain, tap knowledge and benefits provided by novel chemicals for national development'
Nanomaterials in Cosmetics in New Zealand to be labelled from July 2015
New Zealand's EPA has ruled that 'the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products available in New Zealand must be identified on labelling'. According to reports, 'an EPA committee decided caution was needed because there was still scientific uncertainty about the potential effects of nano materials'.
Norway reveals national Nanotechnology Strategy
The Norwegian Government has recently published a guide as to how the country will approach nanotechnology over the next 10 years. The document highlights three priorities: developing basic knowledge about the subject; innovation and commercialisation applications for nanotechnology; and responsible development of the area
NIA is instrumental in bringing together key Nanotechnology Stakeholders from across the Globe
'The NIA is instrumental in bringing together key nano stakeholders from across the globe', commences a profile on NIA in the current issue of the magazine International Innovation. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, NIA Director General, draws particular attention to the public-private partnerships that the NIA facilitates, and the collaborations it harnesses
UK Government ''doing nothing'' about Nanotechnology
A representative from Cardiff University has criticised the British Government for its approach to nanotechnology, stating that it has 'failed to capture commercial opportunities and had not put in place regulations to ensure public safety'. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, the speaker stated that "Nano is already on the market. Pandora's...
US DEA registers Nano Pharmaceutical Company
The US DEA has announced the registration of PCAS-Nanosyn, LLC as 'a bulk manufacturer of...controlled substances' through the US Federal Register of 25 May 2012. According to the notice, the company is now authorised to produce a number of substances, including amphetamine, codeine and morphine
NIA fears for gradual Nanotechnology Innovation
In an interview with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), the NIA raised concerns about the implementability of the EC's recommendation of a definition of the term 'nanomaterial'. "Instead of a business development possibility, it is much more a threat of costly product compliance," Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA...
NIA represented at NanoSafety Symposium
The NIA's Director of Advocacy, David Carlander, gave a presentation at the recently held Safety Issues and Regulatory Challenges of Nanomaterials symposium, covering the topics of industry needs and research activities. The event was coordinated by the EC JRC along with four European seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects, and was attended by...
US President's Executive Order to initiate better international Cooperation in the Regulation of emerging Technologies
The US President recently filed an executive order, the stated aim of which is to 'promot[e] international regulatory cooperation' in, amongst other areas, 'emerging technology'. The order states that such a move would be beneficial to the current administration's goals
'Nanotechnologies have become more abstract for the majority of consumers' - Survey Results
A survey conducted in Switzerland and Germany in 2011 has found that, in comparison to three years prior, 'consumers know less about nanotechnologies' fields of application, and the knowledge [that] they do have is less precise'. The report draws its conclusions by comparing its findings to that of similar surveys conducted in 2008 and 2010
Obama Administration to support Nanotech through National Bioeconomy Blueprint
The current US administration has today released a report outlining the approach it intends to follow in using biological research to address national challenges. The comprehensive document states that 'tomorrow's bioeconomy relies on the expansion of emerging technologies', such as nanotechnology
Roundtable Discussion on Nanotech espouses Benefits to Industry and Agriculture
A recent discussion between nanotechnology stakeholders in Bangladesh has concluded that 'application of nanotechnology would enhance industrial and agricultural production at low-cost' for the future development of the country. It was also noted that it can also help bring about many other benefits
Report suggests potential Investors put off by ''lack of Ambition'' in Nanotech
A report recently made available states that investors are being put off by what they perceive to be 'a critical lack of ambition in long term R&D' in the emerging technologies sector. The sentiments were highlighted in a paper which looks at what numerous stakeholders groups expect from companies engaged with emerging technologies and how...
EC JRC Roundtable Discussion looks at Nano Issues
The EC's JRC recently released the minutes of a roundtable discussion where 'participants discussed the transversal priorities of key sectors of economic growth'; one of these sectors was identified as nanotechnology. The event looked primarily at sectors concerned with energy, transport and ICT, and areas related to health, food and nutrition