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Nanoparticles release drugs only at the site of lung cancer German scientists have developed nanoparticles that release drugs only in the presence of lung tumour cells in human and mouse lungs. 8 Mar 2015.

Magnetic nanoparticles stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone Magnetic nanoparticles coated with targeting proteins can stimulate stem cells to regenerate bone, according to research by Keele University and Nottingham University. 3 Dec 2014.

2-DTech offers graphene in safe water dispersible form Graphene pioneer 2-DTech, a spin out from the University of Manchester, has developed a graphene solution using water and isopropanol (IPA) that is safer, more stable and has higher concentrations of graphene than solutions using organic solvents. 26 Nov 2014.

VascuBone project develops toolbox for personalised bone regeneration The EU-funded VascuBone project has developed a “toolbox” that doctors can select from to regenerate bone for three types of bone defects. The tool box includes a variety of biocompatible biomaterials and cell types, FDA-approved growth factors, material modification technologies, simulation and analytical tools such as molecular-imaging-based in vivo diagnostics. (includes video) 17 Nov 2014.

Nanotechnology safety studies blasted for bad science A scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science (Empa) has criticised studies on the safety of nanoparticles for their poorly prepared experiments, results that do not stand up scientifically and even for cruelty to animals. 10 Nov 2014.

Ablynx awarded €2.1m to develop nanobody treatment for eye disease Ghent-based Ablynx has been awarded a €2.1 million grant by the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) to develop the use of nanobodies for a novel approach to the treatment of diseases of the eye. 29 Aug 2014.

Smartphones to be adapted to monitor and manage stress, nutrition and HIV infection A multidisciplinary team headed by Cornell University has been awarded a $3million grant to combine microfluidics and smartphone technology for health monitoring and improving patient engagement in their healthcare. 20 Aug 2014.

Oraya Therapeutics awarded grant to develop gold nanoparticle cancer therapy Oraya Therapeutics, Inc. has been awarded a US$215,000 Small Business Technology Transfer Grant by the US NIH to investigate how Oraya Therapy can further enhance the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. 12 Aug 2014.

Smart skin patch wins French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’ award Rhenovia Pharma has announced that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award founded by the President of France to identify future champions in the French economy. 28 Apr 2014.

Nanoparticle solution closes deep wounds in 30 seconds A French research team has shown that an aqueous solution of nanoparticles can repair deep wounds in the skin and soft-tissue organs that normally tear when sutures (stitches) are applied. 24 Apr 2014.

Feature: Nanofibres coming of age Nanofibres have potential applications in a broad range of products and with the maturing of the electrospinning manufacturing process some are already commercially viable. The greatest potential for electrospun nanofibres is in composite materials or multi-component constructions. By Dr Barry Park, Professor Bob Stevens, Dr Gabriela JuГЎrez MartГ­nez. 21 April 2014.

Health hazards from nanoparticles in common consumer products Nanoparticles composed of titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, nickel, copper and zinc compounds that are used in many consumer products are toxic to human cells. 14 Feb 2014.

Bubble trapped in graphene enables unprecedented imaging of hydrated protein molecules A tiny water bubble trapped between two layers of graphene provides the key to taking nanoscale images of liquid samples in an electron microscope. 5 Feb 2014.

Behaviour and function of enteroviruses monitored using gold nanoparticles Researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) of University of Jyväskylä in Finland have developed a novel method to study enterovirus structures and their functions by attaching gold nanoparticles to the surface of viruses so they show up in imaging.

Nanodiamonds carry chemotherapy drugs direct to brain tumour Microscopic carbon-based particles called nanodiamonds are able to carry chemotherapy drugs directly into brain tumours in a new technique developed by the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. 8 October 2013.

Labelled gold nanoparticles hold key to targeted stem cell therapy Researchers at Southampton and Cambridge Universities have developed a technique using gold nanoprobes to identify different types of cells, so that they can target the right ones in stem cell therapies. 28 Aug 2013.

Recommendations for the development of nanomedicine in Europe till 2020 The European Technology Platform on Nanomedicine (ETPN) and the NANOMED2020 project have published a White Paper on the Contribution of Nanomedicine to Horizon 2020 research funding programme. 21 June 2013.

Cambridge Nanotherm to build nano-ceramic manufacturing plant Cambridge Nanotherm is to build a prototype manufacturing plant for its novel nanoceramic material for thermal management of electronics. 15 May 2013.

Nanosensor detects cancer cells A nanosensor that can detect cancerous skin cells by identifying mutated RNA has been developed by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute of the University of Basel and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne. 27 Feb 2013.

Magnetic nanoparticles deliver drugs directly to diseased cells This limits side effects on other parts of the body and opens up new possibilities for the development of more efficient targeted treatments. 7 Feb 2013.

Ultra high strength silica nanowires developed at Southampton University The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has created the world’s strongest silica nanofibres, which could lead to a new generation of ultra high strength composites. 10 Jan 2013.

European nanoelectronics industry to invest €100bn to keep competitiveness A new report outlines a proposal by companies and institutes within Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem to invest €100 billion up to the year 2020 on an ambitious research and innovation programme. 14 Dec 2012.

X-ray detector can measure nanoscale cell elements important in disease detection A new type of X-ray detector that can determine the size of microvesicles, the smallest cell elements, has been developed by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and Dectris. 8 Dec 2012.

Nanoparticles improve strength of ‘invisible’ dental brackets A polymer used for dental braces has improved mechanical properties and abrasion resistance when alumina nanoparticles are added to the ingredients. 8 November 2012.

Graphene membranes etched to create molecular sieves An engineering team at the University of Colorado Boulder has produced graphene membranes with tiny pores that can efficiently separate gas molecules through size-selective sieving. 9 Oct 2012.

Conference on the potential uses of nanofibres The NanoKTN is hosting a one-day conference at Nottingham Trent University on 17 October, to look at ways in which the technology to produce and incorporate nanofibres into nanocomposites has progressed in the last year. 9 Oct 2012.

Novel cancer treatment using drug release controlled by NIR-stimulated nanoparticles Controlled drug release at the site of a tumour using near-infrared stimulation of nanoparticles shows promise as a non-invasive treatment for deep cancer. 27 Sept 2012.

Cardiac cells generated from stem cells using carbon nanotubes The electrical stimulation of carbon nanotubes can direct stem cells to form cardiac cells. The technique could give the ability to repair damaged heart muscle, which has little natural repair capacity. 19 Sept 2012.

Health and safety guidelines issued for working with nanomaterials The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has published the first-ever health and safety guidance for working with nanomaterials in research and development. 20 Sept 2012.

Liverpool University pioneers use of nanomedicines to treat HIV/AIDS The University is leading a ВЈ1.65 million project to test the drugs made from nanoscale particles, which could allow smaller doses. 5 Sep 2012.

Zinc and copper give nanocapsules blue fluorescence Tokyo Tech researchers have developed blue-fluorescent molecular nanocapsules by simply mixing metal ions and bent organic blocks. Applications include displays and drug delivery systems. 17 July 2012.

International conference on nanostructured metamaterials The Conference will be held on 3-4 July in Jena, Germany, and will disseminate the latest results on how to model, fabricate, characterize, and use electromagnetic nanostructured materials. 7 May 2012.

Electronic sensor can detect prostate cancer cells Scientists at the Barcelona University have developed the main components of a biosensor containing several hundred nanometric sized optoacoustic biosensors and that can detect cancer cells in urine. 4 June 2012.

Enzyme-coated gold nanoparticles make ultra-sensitive disease detectors Enzyme-coated gold nanoparticles can detect disease biomarkers at several orders of magnitude lower concentrations than current tests and will make it possible to detect a range of diseases earlier. 30 May 2012.

NanoKTN helps secure ВЈ3.2m funding for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy facility NEXUS in nanoLAB at Newcastle University is one of a series of “mid-range facilities” funded by EPSRC and comprising a high-tech suite of XPS and associated facilities for open-access use. 30 May 2012.

Swansea University leads ВЈ1.5m initiatives to develop expertise in nanomedicine The Celtic Alliance for NanoHealth will support institutions and companies in Wales and Ireland, and the Global Hub in Medical Technologies and NanoHealth will facilitate a series of staff exchanges with international academic partners. 28 May 2012.

Quantum dots. Global market forecast & analysis 2012-2022 by applications (healthcare, opto-electronics, optics, security and sustainable energy. May 2012 Quantum Dots (QD) are the types of semiconductor nanoparticles, which can be assembled in multiple applications like healthcare, electronics, etc. The current market of QD is at pre-commercialized stage; most of the researchers are working on the “application aspects” of QD technology and deriving the products based on QD.

Nanotechnology Cookbook. Practical, Reliable and Jargon-free Experimental Procedures. 100+ detailed recipes for synthesis of basic nanostructured materials, enables readers to pick up the book and get started on a preparation immediately. A cookbook, by design and structure the work is easy to use, familiar and compact. 25 May 2012.

Nanoparticles revive failed cancer drug A University of North Carolina (UNC) team has developed nanoparticle drug carriers that have successfully delivered therapeutic doses of a cancer drug that had previously failed clinical development due to pharmacological challenges. 14 May 2012.

Peratech creates electronic nose using quantum tunnelling composite technology The new sensor technology detects the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) very rapidly and can recover in seconds. 14 May 2012.

Manchester university spin-out turns into world leading quantum dot producer Quantum dot producer Nanoco has grown from a university spin-out to one of the UK’s most significant nanotechnology companies. 8 May 2012.

US organisations force change in FDA policy on safety of nanomaterials Last week the FDA released new draft guidances on the use of nanotechnology in food and cosmetics. The agency’s actions followed a lawsuit filed in December 2011 by a group of non-profits demanding oversight action. 6 May 2012.

Nanoparticles in food and drugs have adverse effect on nutrient absorption Nanoparticles even in low doses can have a big impact on long-term health. They are used widely in consumer products, from cosmetics and clothes, to soda, snacks and toothpaste. 14 Mar 2012.

New method for making nanoparticles and depositing on 3D surfaces A new method of making nanoparticles and nanofilms could be used to develop better electronic devices, biosensors and certain types of high-powered and highly specific microscopes used for scientific research. 14 Mar 2012.

Laser-heated carbon nanotubes kill breast cancer stem cells Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the US have shown that injecting multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) into tumours and heating them with a 30-second laser treatment can kill them. 24 Feb 2012.

Targeted nanoparticles deliver diabetes drugs directly to pancreas Lab studies have shown that nanoparticles containing protein molecules that bind to pancreas cells can effectively deliver diabetes drugs directly to the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin and is at most risk during onset of diabetes.

Midatech secures ВЈ6.3m financing for nanomedicine product development The financing will be used to support clinical development of chemotherapeutic gold nanoparticles designed to target ovarian, lung and breast carcinoma. 17 Jan 2012.

FDA sued over lack of response on safety of nanomaterials in consumer products A coalition of consumer safety and environmental groups has sued the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today over the health and environmental risks of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in consumer products. 21 Dec 2011.

Morphology of nanoparticles is critical to their biological interactions Southampton University researchers have shown that the morphology of nanoparticles is critical to the way they interact with endothelial cells. 21 Dec 2011.

Microvisk wins Healthcare Project of the Year after visitors queue up at Medica Microvisk Technologies has scooped the Award at the BioNoW Biomedical Awards. It follows the highly successful introduction of the company’s CoagMax and CoagLite devices at Medica. 9 Dec 2011.

Articificial nanoparticles shown to affect the heart A team of German scientists has for the first time shown, in an isolated rodent heart, that selected artificial nanoparticles have a direct effect on heart rate and heart rhythm. 3 August 2011.

NanoKTN announces second BlueSkyNano grants for advanced materials development The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network has announced a partnership with Belfast-based ANSIN in launching its second BlueSkyNano awards scheme. 14 July 2011.

APT and Brunel University to develop sorting process for carbon nanotubes The UK Technology Strategy Board is providing funding to develop a new continuous flow process for separating and sorting commercially available carbon nanotubes and carbon nanomaterials. 18 June 2011.

The nanomechanics revolution in medicine From antibiotic development to inflammation markers, nanomechanics are bending and shaping the future of the bio-industry. Nanotechnology is still uppermost in the imagination of much of the industry, often seen as something of a Sci-Fi concept. But it is a reality, and it is being used in labs across the world today. Dr Mike Fisher of Bio Nano Consulting describes how it is already producing some remarkable results and innovations. 10 June 2011.

Global Carbon Nanotubes Market – SWCNTS, MWCNTS, Technology, Applications, Trends & Outlook (2011 – 2016) Carbon nanotubes are minuscule allotropes of carbon having sizes to the scale of nanometers. Their physical, electrical, and thermal properties make them special material for a number of applications. CNTs have very high tensile strength, excellent electrical conductivity, and the ability to bear high working temperatures. May 2011.

European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine The 4th European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine is taking place from 23 to 25 May, 2011 in Basel, Switzerland, and will focus on the clinical application of novel developments in nanosciences. May 2011.

IBM and IBN develop biodegradable polymers that detect and destroy MRSA Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore have discovered new types of polymers that physically detect and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infectious diseases such as MRSA. 4 April 2011.

Structure of Salmonella bacteria imaged at near atomic scale Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna have imaged in unprecedented detail the needle-shaped extensions that Salmonella bacteria use to infect their host. Detailed knowledge of the needles’ structure may help to develop substances that interfere with its function and thus prevent infection. 14 March 2011.

Book: The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies: Policy Insights from Case Studies This book from the OECD examines the potential economic impacts of nanotechnology, how companies are using nanotechnology for innovation, and what the key challenges in its commercialisation might be. March 2011.

Nitric oxide in nanoparticles increases survival after massive blood loss Nitric oxide (NO) carried in the bloodstream by nano-size particles could prove a vital tool in maintaining blood circulation following massive blood loss. 5 March 2011.

Nano4Life 2011: converging nanotechnology with life sciences The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network is holding its Nano4Life 2011 annual conference on 24 February in London with the theme: converging nanotechnology with the life science industry. 15 Feb 2011.

NanoSight reaches profitability with support of UK nanotechnology network Salisbury-based NanoSight, which has developed a unique nanoparticle characterization system, has recently secured its 250th sale and has reached profitability for the first time since the company was established in 2005. 24 Jan 2011.

Conference on nanotechnology for drug formulation The conference, which will be held on 27 January at The School of Pharmacy, London, will provide a forum for industry professionals to discuss and highlight best practise and to encourage collaborative working. 21 Jan 2011.

Nanoscience Instruments launches benchtop carbon nanotube synthesiser The new benchtop carbon nanotube synthesis device, Nanotech Innovations SSP-354, is a low-cost system for producing high-quality, multi-walled carbon nanotubes. 7 Jan 2011.

New nanochemistry analytical tool based on quartz crystal A new chemical analysis technique developed by a research group at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses the shifting ultrasonic pitch of a small quartz crystal to test the purity of only a few micrograms of material. 3 Dec 2010.

Report Nanobiotechnology Nanobiotechnology, an integration of physical sciences, molecular engineering, biology, chemistry and biotechnology holds considerable promise of advances in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. The report starts with an introduction to various techniques and materials that are relevant to nanobiotechnology. Application in life sciences research, particularly at the cell level sets the stage for role of nanobiotechnology in healthcare in subsequent chapters. more . 2 Nov 2010.

European nanomedicine technology group to meet on 14-15 Oct The 5th General Assembly & Annual Forum of the European Technology Platform on Nanomedicine (ETPN) will take place at Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo in Milan, Italy on 14 and 15 October 2010. 4 Oct 2010.

Microelectronic sensors could replace multi-welled microplate in research labs The multi-welled microplate, long a standard tool in biomedical research and diagnostic laboratories, could be replaced by new electronic biosensing technology on a chip. 23 Sept 2010.

Laser blasted carbon nanoparticles open cell walls for drug delivery Carbon nanoparticles blasted by bursts of laser light can open holes in cell membranes just long enough to admit therapeutic agents contained in the surrounding fluid. 30 July 2010.

Common blood protein combined with nanoparticles kills cancer cells A normally benign protein abundant in human blood appears to be able to zero in on and kill certain cancer cells when paired with nanoparticles, without having to also load the particles with chemotherapy drugs. 30 July 2010.

MRI tracking of tumour ablation by carbon nanotubes A new way of monitoring carbon nanotubes as they destroy tumour cells by laser induced heating has been developed by researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. 26 July 2010.

P2i expands nano-coating portfolio with acquisition of Surface Innovations Abingdon based P2i Limited, a world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, has acquired Surface Innovations Ltd, a UK-based technology company with a wide range of functional nano-coating patents. 15 July 2010.

Simple method for creating monolayer coatings of gold nanoparticles Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US have developed a new, extremely simple method for coating surfaces with a single layer of gold nanoparticles that measures only billionths of a meter thick. 29 June 2010.

CEA-Leti launches study on photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment CEA-Leti has launched the TARGET-PDT project designed to increase the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating cancer by developing a novel nano carrier-based approach. 14 June 2010.

Call for EU to ensure maximum benefits are gained from nanomedicine European nanomedicine experts have called on the European Parliament to ensure the widespread benefits offered by advances in nanomedicine are used to the best advantage. 2 June 2010.

Nanoscale glass conductors for new class of lab-on-chip devices The discovery of a new electrical phenomenon that only acts at the nanoscale could lead to faster, less expensive lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices. 24 May 2010.

DNA robots the future of medical treatment and molecular factories Autonomous molecular ‘robots’ made from DNA that could be used as therapeutic devices or as a production line to build complex molecules have been built by a multidisciplinary team of US scientists. 24 May 2010.

Magnetic fluorescent nanoparticles highlight brain tumours for MRI and surgery Scientists at Ohio State University have combined two types of nanoparticle to create a ‘nanocomposite’ that is both magnetic and fluorescent. The aim is to highlight tumours in diagnostic imaging and visually during surgery. 7 May 2010.

European Science Foundation conference on nanomedicine The European Science Foundation is holding a conference with the theme: Nanomedicine: Reality Now and Soon on 23-28 October 2010 at Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain. 4 May 2010.

Nanosensors powered by piezoelectric nanogenerators By combining a new generation of piezoelectric nanogenerators with two types of nanowire sensors, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created what are believed to be the first self-powered nanometer-scale sensing devices that draw power from the conversion of mechanical energy. 21 April 2010.

How nanosized particles may affect skin care products The rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and its future use in cosmetic products holds both enormous potential and potential concern for consumers. 16 April 2010.

New method for tuning lasers gives potential for nanosurgery Researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have found a new method for generating tunable wavelengths employing quantum-dot lasers. It has potential applications in molecular surgery, destroying cancer cells, corneal surgery and diagnostics. 16 April 2010.

Nanotechnology group welcomes UK government strategy The Secretariat of the UK Nanotechnology Mini-Innovation and Growth Team (Mini-IGT) has welcomed the publication of the UK Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great Opportunities [1]. 25 March 2010.

Fluorescent nanoparticles highlight cancerous tissue on operating table Cell-penetrating molecules carrying fluorescent and magnetic tags that stick to and light up tumours help surgeons see more of the tumour tissue on the operating table and make it visible to MRI scans. 9 Mar 2010.

Chip for measuring male fertility is first stage in home testing kit A new ‘fertility chip’, developed by researchers at the University of Twente’s is an important step towards the development of a compact device for reliable ‘pre-scanning’ of male fertility. 23 Feb 2010.

Report urges review of hazards of silver nanoparticles in consumer products The UK Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances has produced Report on Nanosilver , recommending that government bodies fund a thorough review of the hazards and exposure of silver nanoparticles as an immediate priority. 9 Feb 2010.

Free conferences on EU nanotechnology governance framework — 11 Feb London The FramingNano UK Event, to be held in London on 11 February, provides a unique opportunity to explore the key issues of nanotechnology governance and to discuss possible new governance models. The Event will be of interest to all concerned with the responsible development of this vitally important enabling technology. 8 Feb 2010.

Antibody-coated nanoparticles in microfluidic chip improve cancer detection 100 fold The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research is developing a highly sensitive method for detecting cancer that can detect single molecules of compounds in the blood that accompany specific types of tumour. 5 Feb 2010.

Converging nanotechnology with the life science industry: Nano4Life 2010 Organised by NanoKTN in collaboration with The Wellcome Trust, the conference will be held in London on 4 Feb. 1 Feb 2010.

Call for papers: 3rd European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine, 10-12 May 2010 The 3rd European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine is calling for papers on original research aimed at future or current clinical application of nanoscience: Deadline 1 March. 1 Feb 2010.

Workshop on packaging and integration challenges for micro & nano-enabled sensors The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is holding its next micro and nano-enabled sensors workshop on 21 January 2010 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Didcot near Oxford. 19 Jan 2010.

Nicast announces plans to launch NovaMesh Intra-abdominal hernia mesh in Europe in 2010 NovaMesh is the first intra-abdominal hernia mesh to utilize the special properties of electrospun nanofabric. 15 Dec 2009.

Agilent and Stanford University to build breakthrough sub 10 nanometre scale devices Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is collaborating with Stanford University to study using scanning probe microscope and atomic layer deposition to build devices with breakthroughs in sub 10 nm scale. 12 November 2009.

UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network supports €1 billion EC investment in technology The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced its support for the €1bn that has been made available by the European Commission for new projects. 17 September 2009.

Gold-coated nanotubes used as imaging agent to detect tumour cells The imaging agents could be used as a more efficient and less toxic alternative to nanoparticles and fluorescent labels used in targeted molecular detection of normal cells, cancer cells and bacteria. 11 Sept 2009.

Swansea Centre for Nanohealth awarded £1m to study safety of nanoparticles Researchers at Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth have been awarded a £1 million grant to analyse the levels at which nanoparticles can be deemed safe within cells. 5 September 2009.

Cause of neurological interference by carbon nanotubes discovered A team of Brown University researchers in the US has found that the cause is the metal catalysts used to form the tubes, especially the metal yttrium. 1 September 2009.

Elan’s NanoCrystal technology approved for long-acting injectable formulation Elan Drug Technologies has announced the first approval of a long-acting injectable formulation using its proprietary NanoCrystal technology. 9 August 2009.

New fluorescent nanoparticles could track uptake of drugs Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered a method to create fluorescent silicon nanoparticles that could be used to track biologically sensitive materials in the body. 8 July 2009.

Chemical nose could provide more accurate indication of cancer than biomarkers Using a ‘chemical nose’ array of nanoparticles and polymers, researchers have developed a new, more effective way to differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells and also between metastatic and non-metastatic cancer cells. 8 July 2009.

Molecular automatons could detect and treat disease in the body Researchers from the Artificial Intelligence Group (LIA) at the Universidad PolitГ©cnica de Madrid’s School of Computing have designed a biomolecular automaton and several genetic circuits with potential future applications in the field of vanguard medicine. 29 June 2009.

IBM to support Bulgarian nanotechnology centre and research The agreement will promote co-operation between industry and academia and support the Bulgarian government’s three-year program to develop nanoproducts, micromachines and microsystems. 17 June 2009.

IBM opens new possibilities in nanoelectronics with measurement of single atom charge This represents a milestone in nanoscale science and opens up new possibilities in the exploration of nanoscale structures and devices at the ultimate atomic and molecular limits. 16 June 2009.

University College London awarded ВЈ5 million for nanomedicine research UCL has won grants for four nanotechnology projects that will develop targeting agents to treat cancer, multi-marker HIV smart chips, novel therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, and non-invasive imaging to detect colon cancer biomarkers. 3 June 2009.

One-day course on innovative medical devices and medical technology The Institute of Nanotechnology is running a one-day interactive Workshop on 8 July in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The course provides a showcase of innovative medical technologies developed both at the University and by a number of locally-based companies. 3 June 2009.

Thin-film battery revenues to come from medical devices, sensors and watches Thin-film batteries are being designed as energy storage devices for small photovoltaic or thermoelectric systems to create ultra-long-lived power sources for medical devices, sensors and watches. 19 May 2009.

Custom-designed nanoparticles key to new generation of highly effective vaccines Liquidia Technologies has developed a method to custom design and produce nanoparticles for carrying vaccines that can enhance immune response up to 10-fold. 7 May 2009.

Course on nanotechnology and regenerative medicine The Institute of Nanotechnology in partnership with Nanomednet and the Cranfield Institute of Technology is holding a one-day course on nanotechnology and regenerative medicine at the Linnean Society, London on 7 May 2009. 1 May 2009.

IMEC paves way for multi-electrode deep-brain stimulation The Belgium-based Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) has presented a new design strategy for brain implants, which it used to create a prototype multi-electrode stimulation and recording probe for deep-brain stimulation. 24 April 2009.

Leicester University wins ВЈ320,000 grant to study magnetic nanoparticles for treatment of prostate cancer The award will allow a multidisciplinary research team to design high-performance magnetic nanoparticles that target unique cell surface receptors present on the prostate tumour cell surface. 24 April 2009.

Bionanotechnology: a revolution at single molecule level Progress in bionanotechnology is essential for our understanding of cells and for the development of new therapeutics, which nowadays increasingly function at the molecular level, according to Prof Nynke Dekker of the Delft University of Technology. 24 April 2009.

Parabon NanoLabs to use power of grid computing to design novel macromolecules based on synthetic DNA Parabon Computation has spun off Parabon NanoLabs to develop nano-scale products based on designer DNA technology. It will initially focus on developing nano-scale sensors for therapeutics, diagnostics and other molecular detection systems. 9 April 2009.

Magnetic nanoparticles navigate therapeutic genes through body and measure effectiveness Scientists of the German metrology institute, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in a joint study with the University of Bonn, have developed a highly sensitive method that uses magnetic nanoparticles to navigate therapeutic genes to the desired cells in a body and also measure the efficiency of gene transfer to the cells. 6 March 2009. Deutsch.

Tunable gel for distributing nanoparticles wins student $30,000 prize A PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US has developed a new method for harnessing the enormous potential of nanoparticles, which could lead to a new generation of medical devices, drug-delivery technologies, and other applications of nanomedicine. 5 March 2009.

EU project to study impact of nanomedicine on healthcare The EU-funded NANOMED project aims to look at all aspects of nanomedicine and provide an objective answer to claims that this rapidly evolving field will change the face of healthcare forever. 25 February 2009.

Oxford Nanopore moves closer to label-free, single molecule DNA sequencing Oxford Nanopore Technologies has announced the publication of new research in Nature Nanotechnology, demonstrating accurate and continuous identification of DNA bases using nanopores. 23 February 2009.

Plasmonic nanoswitches could increase computing power a million fold Plasmonics may pave the way for the next generation of computers that operate faster and store more information than electronically-based systems and are smaller than optically-based systems. 22 February 2009.

Gold nanospheres target and destroy cancer cells Hollow gold nanospheres equipped with a targeting peptide find melanoma cells, penetrate them deeply, and then cook the tumour when bathed with near-infrared light, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has reported. 16 February 2009.

International collaboration to develop ultrasound-activated drug-delivery nanoparticles Nanobiotix, an emerging nanomedicine company has announced that it will collaborate with the SonoDrugs project consortium to develop new nanoparticulate drug carriers that can be activated for localized drug release using focused ultrasound. 10 February 2009.

Wales to host Europe’s first Centre for NanoHealth Swansea University in Wales will host Europe’s first centre devoted to nanomedicine, after securing more than ВЈ10 million in European funding. 9 February 2009.

Canada to enforce world’s first mandatory reporting on engineered nanomaterials The Canadian government reportedly is planning to release in February the world’s first national regulation requiring companies to detail their use of engineered nanomaterials, according to environmental officials. 31 January 2009.

Bayer builds world’s largest production plant for carbon nanotubes in Germany Bayer MaterialScience has begun work on the construction of a new facility for the production of carbon nanotubes(CNTs) in Chempark Leverkusen, Germany. The new plant will have a capacity of 200 tons/year. 31 January 2009.

Graphene-based nanoelectronics a step closer The mass production of graphene-based nanoelectronics has been brought a step closer with the discovery of a new method for controlling the nature of graphene. 31 January 2009.

Philips leads €15.9m project to develop image-guided drug-delivery technology By delivering drugs directly to disease sites via the patient’s bloodstream that are then activated by focused ultrasound pulses, the SonoDrugs project aims to maximize the therapeutic efficiency and minimize the side effects of drug treatments for cancer and cardiovascular disease. 31 January 2009.

Nanotubes for treating neurodegenerative disorders Magnetic nanotubes combined with nerve growth factor can enable specific cells to differentiate into neurons, according to electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas. 25 January 2009.

Micromotors small enough to swim in human arteries Researchers at Monash University in Australia have developed a micro motor small enough to be injected into human arteries. It could be used for the safer treatment of stroke victims, hardened arteries or blockages in the bloodstream. 24 January 2009.

US Congress highlights need for nanotechnology safety The US House Science and Technology Committee has introduced legislation that highlights the growing attention on Capitol Hill for the need to strengthen federal efforts to learn more about the potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks posed by engineered nanomaterials. 21 January 2009.

Call for nanoscale food-additives to undergo new testing for safety Nanotechnology policy experts in the US are urging that food additives that contain nanoscale materials be subject to new safety testing to ensure that their use does not pose unintended risks. 12 January 2009.

UK NanoKTN supports EC’s €1.8bn investment in ICT research The UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has announced its support for the €1.8bn that has been made available for research projects by the European Commission, through their Information Communications Technology (ICT) fund. 9 January 2009.

Toshiba develops novel biosensor array with individually coded microparticles Cambridge Research Laboratory of Toshiba Research Europe Ltd has developed a novel, label-free biosensor platform that is expected to significantly shorten the time taken to screen molecules for biomedical applications, saving days or even weeks of research time. 25 November 2008.

Philips announces breakthrough in point-of-care testing using nanotechnology Philips’ new Magnotech technology uses magnetic nanoparticles to measure target molecules. The ease of use and accuracy of this new technology could speed up the diagnosis of life-threatening diseases and bring complex in-vitro diagnostic tests out of the laboratory to the patient’s bedside and at home. 25 November 2008.

UK Royal Commission calls for more safety measures for nanotechnology materials A new report by the UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) says that there is an urgent need for more testing, extending existing governance arrangements and creating new arrangements to control the development of nanomaterials. 12 November 2008.

NanoKTN and Bionano Consulting partner to develop bionano and nanomedicine in UK The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), the UK’s primary network for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced a 20-month partnership with Bio Nano Consulting (BNC) and the creation of the NanoKTN’s fourth theme, Bionano and Nanomedicine. 20 October 2008.

Nanotechnology in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries Bionanotechnology is moving forward rapidly. It will enhance our understanding of biology and how biological systems work and is already helping resolve some of the pharma and biotech industries’ significant problems. Dr Mike Fisher of the UK’s Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) gives an overview of its potential. October 2008.

Nanotechnology gives insight into workings of antibiotics for fighting superbugs Scientists from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at University College London (UCL) are using a novel nanomechanical approach to investigate the workings of vancomycin, one of the few antibiotics that can be used to combat increasingly resistant infections such as MRSA. 16 October 2008.

Report: Nanobiotechnologies applications, markets and companies Nanobiotechnology, an integration of physical sciences, molecular engineering, biology, chemistry and biotechnology holds considerable promise of advances in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. The report starts with an introduction to various techniques and materials that are relevant to nanobiotechnology. It includes some of the physical forms of energy such as nanolasers. Some of the technologies are scaling down such as microfluidics to nanofluidic biochips and others are constructions from bottom up. Application in life sciences research, particularly at the cell level sets the stage for role of nanobiotechnology in healthcare in subsequent chapters. October 2008. Read more .

Carbon nanotubes improve electrical stimulation therapy Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have designed a way to improve electrical stimulation of nerves by coating electrodes with a coating of basic black, formed from carbon nanotubes. 7 October 2008.

Philips in partnership with University of Urbino to develop magnetic nanoparticle contrast agents for blood cells Philips Research and the University of Urbino (Urbino, Italy) have signed a research agreement to study the encapsulation of magnetic nanoparticle contrast agents inside living blood cells to prolong the retention time of these agents in the blood. 29 September 2008.

Report: Medical Nanotechnology Markets Nanotechnology has reached critical mass. Nowhere is this more evident than in medicine. Rising medical costs, demands for less-invasive procedures and pressures for immediate feedback of medical conditions, all point to nanotechnology as offering a new approach in healthcare. According to US National Science Foundation estimates, by 2015 the annual global market for nano-related goods and services will top $1 trillion , thus making it one of the fastest-growing industries in history. Read more .

Fairway Medical Technologies wins US Navy contract to develop battlefield blood-borne pathogen detector Fairway Medical Technologies has received a $900,000 contract from the US Department of the Navy to apply its pulsed laser optoacoustic technology to the real-time detection of blood borne pathogens and biological warfare agents under battlefield conditions. 12 September 2008.

Report: Nanobiotechnology The report starts with an introduction to various techniques and materials that are relevant to nanobiotechnology. It includes some of the physical forms of energy such as nanolasers. Some of the technologies are scaling down such as microfluidics to nanofluidic biochips and others are constructions from bottom up. Applications in life sciences research, particularly at the cell level sets the stage for the role of nanobiotechnology in healthcare in subsequent chapters. July 2008. Read more .

First prototypes of disposable insulin nanopump for continuous infusion Debiotech and STMicroelectronics have introduced the first evaluation prototypes of a unique miniaturized insulin-delivery pump that could improve the treatment efficiency and the quality of life of diabetics. 29 June 2008.

Carbon nanotubes attached to antibodies kill cancer cells under infrared light Carbon nanotubes attached to monoclonal antibodies that target specific sites on lymphoma cells can kill the cells by heating up when exposed to near-infrared light. 25 June 2008.

Breakthrough in antimicrobial coatings 4MED is an innovative hygiene coating developed by Stratford upon Avon-based Nano Hygiene Coatings Limited. The coating combines the benefits of the easy-to-clean properties derived from nano chemical technology with an antimicrobial additive, actively preventing the growth of bacteria such as E Coli and MRSA. 19 June 2008.

New nanotechnology consumer products launched at rate of 3-4 per week New nanotechnology consumer products are coming on the market at the rate of 3-4 per week, according to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies’ (PEN) inventory of consumer products. Health and fitness items, which include cosmetics and sunscreens, represent 60 percent of inventory products. 29 April 2008.

New breast cancer test uses magnetic nanoparticles to detect cancer cells A team from University College London has developed a new medical device called the ‘HistoMag’ that will make the early detection of breast cancer more accurate, cost effective and easier to administer. 10 March 2008.

European Commission sponsors study on regulating nanotechnology in the EU and US The EC has awarded US$587,000 to a group of US and UK institutes, headed by the London School of Economics and Political Science, to compare nanotechnology regulation in the EU and US and assist a unified approach to regulation. 18 February 2008.

Taking nanotechnology from lab to factory An EU-funded ‘network of excellence’ has helped micro and nanotechnology make it from the laboratory to the factory. The Design for Micro & Nano Manufacture (Patent-DfMM) network involved teams from the fields of packaging, test engineering, reliability engineering, simulation and modelling. 8 February 2008.

Call for European transnational research proposals in nanoscience Nanoscience Europe has announced a call for proposals for nanoscience research funding in Europe. A minimum of €16m will be distributed for the funding of innovative high-quality projects. 5 February 2008.

US offers industry voluntary submission of nanotechnology hazards Industry, non-governmental organizations and other groups in the US can voluntarily submit safety data on engineered nanoscale materials under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 1 February 2008.

Artificial virus shells to be used as containers for nano-manufacturing Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and The Scripps Research Institute in California are designing an artificial viral shell that could be used as a nano-container for molecular-scale engineering. 29 January 2008.

FEI joins with FOM to develop single-atom imaging FEI Company, a leading developer of electron microscopes, and the Netherlands-based Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), have announced a joint nanotechnology research project to develop a new generation of microscopes. 10 January 2008.

Lack of nanotechnology safety roadmap hindering companies A US survey of New England-based nanotechnology companies has found that these firms lack a clear roadmap of government environmental, health and safety expectations and regulations for successful commercialization, as well as the information needed to meet those expectations. 10 January 2008.

UK government report on the potential risks of nanotechnology The report Characterising the Potential Risks posed by Engineered Nanoparticles, covers the activities of five Task Forces and descibes progress on meeting 19 objectives set out in a previous study in 2005. 9 January 2008.

IMAGNA to develop therapeutic vaccine against cat fibrosarcoma The IMAGNA consortium is to study the usefulness of therapeutic tumour vaccination by magnetofection technology in a clinical study in cats with fibrosarcoma. Preliminary results indicate significant reduction in tumour relapse rates. 24 September 2007.

Novel cell culture technique shows tumours selectively uptake nanoparticles A novel cell-culture technique devised by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown that nanoparticles can deliver drugs selectively to brain tumour cells. 12 September 2007.

Study identifies toxic by-products of nanotechnology In a warning to the emerging nanotechnology industry, a new study of the by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern. 4 Sept 2007.

US FDA lacks resources to regulate nanotechnology The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report recommending action to address the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. But according to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies the agency has been under-resourced for decades and there is a lack of risk-research data on nanotechnology for the agency to be able to carry out the recommendations. 21 August 2007.

US environment agency criticised for lack of action on health risks of nanomaterials The US Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program has been labelled “too little, too late” by Environmental Defense. 14 August 2007.

New displays possible from colour-changing magnetised liquid Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have discovered that it is possible to change the colour of a liquid consisting of very small particles of iron oxide suspended in water simply by varying the strength of a magnetic field. 25 July 2007.

Transparent nano-fibre film can be designed to conduct electricity, repel dirt, attract oil A new technique for making a films of tiny plastic fibres with customisable properties could lead to new products as diverse as transparent electronic devices, self-cleaning surfaces and biomedical tools that manipulate strands of DNA. 19 July 2007.

Bacteria place nanoparticles in cells to aid diagnosis or treatment The natural infection mechanism of bacteria can be used to deliver nanoparticles carrying drugs, DNA or sensors into cells for precise diagnosis or treatment of disease. 19 June 2007.

Concentrating viral particles in electric field could lead to rapid virus detector Engineers in the US have solved a critical bottleneck in the transport and capture of virus nanoparticles, making possible a device that could rapidly sample and detect infectious biological agents, such as viruses. 9 May 2007.

Debiotech and STMicroelectronics in partnership to manufacture microfluidic insulin pump The nanopump, which relies on microfluidic MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) technology, is a breakthrough concept that allows a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch to provide continuous insulin infusion. 1 May 2007.

Zinc oxide nanowires make ultrasensitive photo-detectors The high sensitivity and high gain of zinc oxide nanowire arrays could lead to new photo-detector architectures for sensing, imaging, memory storage and intrachip optical communications. 30 April 2007.

A vision of the future of nanotechnology Nanotechnology can help to overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges, according to a new report, including the energy crisis, the need for better medical treatments, and the demand for clean water. 27 April 2007.

Microassembler for building micromachines University of Illinois engineers have created a micro device that uses agile, human-like fingers that can assemble micromachines made of micron-sized parts. The device has potential to be refined to manipulate parts and components for machines at the nano scale. 3 April 2007.

Platinum-coated nanotube biosensor detects glucose in near real time Researchers at the University of Arkansas have fabricated a novel biosensor that detects glucose in close to real time and with much greater sensitivity than other comparable, biocompatible sensors. 21 March 2007.

New electronic devices and nanogenerators created from zinc oxide nanowires Researchers used the unique semiconducting and piezoelectric properties of zinc oxide nanowires to create a new class of electronic components and devices that could provide the foundation for a broad range of new applications, including devices safe for implanting in the body. 8 March 2007.

Nanotechnology research neglects world’s poor Nanotechnology has the potential to generate enormous health benefits for people in the developing world, but there is little incentive to develop suitable products. 6 March 2007.

Electrically controlled nanotube membranes produce powerful water filtration device Low voltages can precisely and selectively control the flow of water through nanotube membranes. This could lead to a novel way to produce drinking water, new biomedical research, and advanced circuitry. 2 March.

Project to combine biology and engineering to create soft-bodied robots Researchers at Tufts University in the USA have launched a multidisciplinary initiative focused on the science and engineering of a new class of robots that are completely soft-bodied. These devices will make possible advances in such far flung arenas as medicine and space exploration. 12 February 2007.

Video game gives real-world experiences of nanomedicine NanoMission is a PC-based game that educates players about basic concepts in nanoscience through real-world practical applications from microelectronics to drug delivery. 16 Jan 2007.

Carbon-metal hybrid nanowires open door to new nanoelectronic devices Hybrid structures that combine the best properties of carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires could lead to new applications in computer chips, displays, sensors and other electronic devices. 9 Jan 2007.

Nanotechnology safety in workplace neglected Little is known about the potential risks of nanotechnology even though there are more than 400 products on the market. A strategic plan and more resources for risk research are needed now in order to ensure safe nano-workplaces. 9 Jan 2007.

Carbon nanotubes bridge nerve cells and electronics Carbon nanotubes that connect nerve cells to electronic circuits may lead to new implantable biomedical devices that can act as artificial nerve cells, control severe pain, or allow otherwise paralyzed muscles to be moved. 14 Nov 2006.

Magnetic nanoparticles enable magnetic resonance imaging of neuron activity in brain New chemical sensors that indicate the firing of neurons in the brain and show up strongly in magnetic resonance imaging will open the way for new research into the way the brain works. 7 Nov 2006.

Akubio wins ВЈ800,000 grant to develop electronic hand-held disease detectors UK nanotechnology firm Akubio has received a ВЈ826,000 government grant to help develop its electronic technology for the rapid detection of viruses and bacteria such as avian flu, E coli, malaria and meningitis. 24 Oct 2006.

FDA will be overstretched by need to monitor medical nanotechnology Developments in medical nanotechnology are advancing at such a rate that the US regulatory body, the Food and Drug Administration is unlikely to be able to cope with the requirements to monitor them, according to a new report. 12 Oct 2006.

Silicon ‘nanocantilevers’ form ultrasensitive biological detectors The tiny vibrating silicon structures created by researchers at Purdue University vibrate at different frequencies when contaminants stick to them, revealing the presence of dangerous substances. 12 Sept 2006.

Paris University to study medical applications of NanoArrayer The Universit Г© Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris is evaluating the BioForce Nanosciences NanoArrayer system. The University will use the NanoArrayer to pattern proteins associated with cell morphology establishment and migration. 24 August 2006.

Helium atom beams may provide new imaging technique A new system for delivering beams of helium atoms with X-ray-like waves has potential for use in diffraction imaging at the nanoscale level. 17 August 2006.

The ethics and politics of nanotechnology UNESCO has published a report that assesses the ethical, legal and political aspects of nanotechnology. It outlines what the science of nanotechnology is, and presents some of the issues facing the international community in the near future. 8 August 2006.

Solitons could power molecular electronics and artificial muscles Solitary waves travelling through organic polymers that flex in response to ligh or electrical charge could power artificial muscles in high-tech robots and human mobility aids. 18 July 2006.

Microchip miniaturisation barrier could be broken by nanotechnology The University of Bath is to lead an international project that could remove the electrical wiring in microchips, allowing denser circuitry, and result in computers with 500 times the power of present day technology. 10 July 2006.

Liver cells in silicon crystals screen drugs for toxicity Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a ‘smart petri dish’ that could be used to rapidly screen new drugs for toxic interactions or identify cells in the early stages of cancer circulating through a patient’s blood. 20 June 2006.

Report on worldwide status of nanomedicine MedMarket Diligence has released a report on the worldwide status of development and market for micro- and nanomedicine. 9 June 2006.

SmartShirt for remotely monitoring human vital signs The SmartShirt from Sensatex can remotely monitor a wearer’s movement, heart rate, and respiration rate in real-time through a patented nanotechnology conductive fibre grid that is seamlessly knit into the material of the fully washable shirt. 18 May 2006.

Cork for nano tubes gives drug-delivery potential Scientists at the University of Florida have found a way to “cork” nano tubes. The goal is a better way to deliver drugs such as for cancer treatment. 15 May 2006.

Water key to millions of gigabytes of memory in a cubic centimetre A computing principle popular in the 1960s, ferroelectricity, combined with the novel technique of insulation with water molecules, could provide computer memory of 12.8 million gigabytes in a cubic centimeter. 12 May 2006.

University College London launches nanotechnology masters degree University College London (UCL) is introducing a full and part-time nanotechnology master of science (MSc) course from September 2006 in response to mounting industry demand for highly skilled graduates. 9 May 2006.

Zinc oxide nanogenerators allow self-powered nanoscale medical devices Researchers have developed a new technique for powering nanometer-scale devices without the need for bulky energy sources such as batteries. By converting mechanical energy into electricity, these “nanogenerators” could make possible a new class of self-powered nanodevices. 27 April 2006.

NEC develops smallest fibre-optic electric field probe using nanotechnology NEC Corporation has developed what it claims is the smallest fibre-optic electric field probe, enabled through the adoption of a nanotechnology process. The probe is used to evaluate electrical characteristics of high-density electronic circuits. 27 February 2006.

High-speed molecular imaging microscope Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a highly sensitive atomic force microscope (AFM) capable of high-speed imaging 100 times faster than current microscopes. It could have a wide range of uses in nanotechnology development. 26 February 2006.

Testing method developed to assess safety and health risks of nanomaterials Nanomaterials are already being used in sporting goods, tyres, stain-resistant clothing, sunscreens, cosmetics, and electronics, but no government or industry regulations exist for this emerging technology. University College Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a new testing strategy for manufacturers. 15 February 2006.

Carbon nanotubes wrapped in DNA act as optical sensors in cells The nanotubes can be placed inside living cells and detect trace amounts of harmful contaminants using infrared light. This could lead to new types of subcellular optical sensors. 3 February 2006.

Nano-size battery for artificial retina A $6.5 million grant has been awarded to the University of Illinois to establish the National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors. One of the first projects will be the development of a bio-battery for an artificial retina. 31 January 2006.

Nanotechnology shows little return for US$18bn investment Nanotechnology has had limited commercial impact despite US$18bn public funding worldwide since 1997, according to a report by Cientifica. 30 January 2006.

Two international nanotechnology conferences announced International Association of Nanotechnology has announced two major international conferences: the International Congress on Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine (NanoBio 2006) in June and the International Congress of Nanotechnology (ICNT) in October, both in San Francisco. 15 January 2006.

Nanotechnology and nanomedicine course online The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has launched its first online course, “Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine: Applications for Vision”. 10 January 2006.

Protozoan power for nano-scale devices A single-celled animal first observed 300 years ago could hold the key to powering tiny medical devices. Researchers have come a step closer to understanding how a powerful microscopic spring in the protozoan Vorticella convallaria works. 18 December 2005.

Nano-scale medical devices could be wired with unravelled DNA strands Ohio State University researchers have uncoiled DNA strands and formed them into precise patterns. They could act as wires in biologically based nano-scale electronic and medical devices. 18 December 2005.

Europe needs major investment in medical applications of nanotechnology The European Science Foundation (ESF) has called for a clear strategy and investment plan to ensure Europe does not miss out on the benefits of nanomedicine. 18 December 2005.

More resources needed to study dangers of nanotechnology A new inventory of research into the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanotechnology shows the need for more resources, for a coherent risk-related research strategy, and for more collaboration. 18 December 2005.