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Economic Impact of Nanotechnologies - Background Papers for OECD / US NNI Symposium released
Background papers are now available for download from the recently held International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology via the US NNI's website. The stated objective of the event was to 'systematically explore the need for and development of a methodology to assess the economic impact of nanotechnology' and featured...
"Nanomaterials - what next?" An NIA interview
The EC recommendation on the nanomaterials definition helps build confidence and "companies are in a better position to approach the perceived risks and take a more proactive stance" says NIA Director of Advocacy, Dr David Carlander, in an interview published in the 3rd edition of the ChemCon Daily
World Economic Forum Experts consider Nanotechnology one of the most important emerging Technologies of 2012
During the Global Agenda 2011 summit, members of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identified their top ten 'technology trends [which] would have the greatest impact on the world in the near future'; applications of nanotechnology were features of at least four of these
World’s first commercial-scale Producer of nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) opens up in Canada
On 26 January 2012 the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced the official opening of CelluForce facility, 'the world's first commercial-scale producer of nanocrystalline cellulose (NNC)' located in Windsor, Quebec, Canada, according to the Ministry's press release
US PTO grants record Number of Nanotechnology Patents in 2011
The Cleantech & Nano blog posted on 27 December 2011 an article entitled Nanotech Patent Counting in 2011: Record Numbers, Slight Growth... Good Management. According to the article, the US Patent Trademark Office (PTO) granted a total of 792 nanotechnology patents in 2011. This represents an increase from 780 patents in 2010, 532 in 2009, 432...
NIA comments on the History of the EU's Definition of Nanomaterials
The NIA recently shed light on the debate on the 'why and wherefore' of the EC's recent recommendation for a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in the context of existing 'nano'-definitions: "The ISO definition is a technical definition, while the Commission's is a regulatory one," says Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA in an ...
NIA discusses the EU's Nanomaterial Definition and its Impact on Companies
The article EU Definition of Nanosubstances Could Boost Public Acceptance, Improve Regulations, published by the Meridian Institute on the 2 December 2011, discusses the content of the workshop entitled Defining Nano!? - Compliance Requirements & Market Impact of the EU Definition of 'Nanomaterials - organized by the NIA on the 30 November in...
Swiss Federation issues Nanomaterials Safety Guide for Textiles
A guide on the use and safety of nanomaterials in textiles was issued jointly by Swiss TVS and EMPA. The guide, entitled Nano Textiles: Foundations and guiding principles for the efficient sustainable development nanotextiles (Nano Textiles: Grundlagen und Leitprinzipien zur effizienten Entwicklung nachhaltiger Nanotextilien), provides useful...
Co-operation Agreement between European Aerospace Defense Group EADS and Russia’s Nanotech Corporation RUSNANO
During the Rusnanotech Forum, held in October 2011 in Moscow, the European Aerospace and Defense Group (EADS) and the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation (RUSNANO) committed to cooperating in the research and development (R&D) of new technologies
US Nanotechnology Caucus Briefing on Jobs and Nanotechnology
On 15 of November 2011 the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus held a briefing on the topic 'jobs and technology'. The focus of the briefing was on exploring ways in which designated federal investments for nanotechnology could lead to job creation
Nanotechnology - an excellent Application for voluntary Initiatives
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) has released a 56-page study on various types of initiatives, regulatory frameworks and strategies related to nanotechnology. The report, entitled Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path presents the past and present initiatives for voluntary reporting of...
Asia Nano Forum to pursue Iran’s proposal on Asian Nanoscale Certificate Award
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) was held in Tehran, Iran, on the 9 October 2011. Representatives of 15 Asia-Pacific and 4 European countries attended the forum
Opposing Reactions on the European Definition of Nanomaterials
In response to the European Commission's Recommendation on a Definition of Nanomaterials, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) stated that the definition is too broad, saying it would add 'unnecessary burden' as well as legal uncertainty for companies. In addition fears were expressed that too many products would fall under the scope of...
European Commission issues Regulatory Definition of Nanomaterials
On the 18 October 2011 the European Commission issued its long-discussed Commission Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterials. It provides clarity on whether an industrially-used material is considered a nanomaterial in legislation and policy
NANO Act promotes Development and responsible Stewardship of Nanotechnology
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) re-introduced on 1 August 2011, the 'Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities Act' (NANO Act), which seeks to promote the development and responsible stewardship of nanotechnology in the U.S. This article discusses the bill, and Rep. Honda's tireless efforts to promote the responsible stewardship of...
New Plant for Innovnano
Innovnano - one of the key nanomaterials manufacturers in Portugal has announced an expansion of its facilities at Coimbra iParque (Portugal). The new plant and infrastructure will use some 3.3 hectares of land and would house a state of the art laboratory and manufacturing plant
Congress convenes Nanotechnology Caucus Briefing
On 22 June 2011 the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus convened its inaugural 2011 Nanotechnology Caucus Lecture: "Nanotechnology 101". The Nanotechnology Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members dedicated to promoting nanotechnology. It was created a number of years ago largely as a result of Senator Ron Wyden's (D-OR) deep and abiding interest...
US PTO files more Nano-Patents
In the first week of June 2011 the US PTO filed a staggering 78 class 977 patents in nanotechnology applications area. This trend is showing an increase in nanotechnology innovation with 5 of these patents being filed with US government clauses
Nanotechnology Patents keep Policymakers awake at Night
"What is keeping nanotech innovation policymakers awake at night?" is the question discussed at a ObservatoryNANO workshop on 1 June 2011. The discussion themes include 'measurable indicators', of which patents are one critical element
Nano-drink to Thai Innovation
Nanotechnology is most often associated with applications in electronic or novel materials, but a thai-based beverage company is actively developing a set of dietary fruit drinks that contain nanoparticles