June 16, 2011 – Nano News

Posted on June 16, 2011 in Nano News

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BioNanomatrix Moves HQ and Nano-Scale Analysis Technology to San Diego

Bruce V. Bigelow 6/15/11

BioNanomatrix, a venture-backed molecular analysis startup founded in 2003 with technology licensed from Princeton University, ,says today it has established its new headquarters in San Diego. … As a preliminary step to the move, BioNanomatrix raised $23.3-million in a Series B round of equity financing in March. Domain Associates, based in Princeton, N.J., and San Diego, led the round and was joined by new investor Gund Investment Corp. and existing investors Battelle Ventures, Innovation Valley Partners, and KT Venture Group. Total funding since BioNanomatrix was founded is roughly $28.9 million. Previous investors include 21 Ventures and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.


BioNanomatrix Opens West Coast Headquarters, Expands Senior Team …

Jun 15, 2011

“Becoming part of the greater San Diego biotech community, where hundreds of life science companies and several world-class research institutions are located, places us in the midst of a critical mass of technology development and human capital that is driving our industry and will be part of our growth,” said BioNanomatrix President and CEO Dr. R. Erik Holmlin.
“Expanding our team here will accelerate commercialization of our innovative platform,” he said, noting that while a number of key employees are moving from Philadelphia to San Diego, the company’s East Coast office will remain “an important site for ongoing research and development” of its systems in the field and support for users. …


Industrial scale production process makes pure carbon-nanotube, new…

May 30, 2011


An industrial scale production process for manufacture of pure carbon-nanotube fibers that could lead to revolutionary advances in materials science, power distribution and nanoelectronics, has been developed over the last decade by combined research efforts of three universities-Rice University, University of Pennsylvania and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.. …


Penn Researchers Demonstrate Transformation Optics Using Graphene

Published on June 13, 2011 at 7:24 AM

By Cameron Chai

Researchers at Penn’s school of engineering and applied science, professor Nader Engheta and student, Ashkan Vakil demonstrate how to achieve transformation optics using graphene, which is a lattice of carbon and measures only one atom thick.

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Nanotech News Could Offer New Treatment For Liver Cancer

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are using molecular-size bubbles filled with chemo drugs to prevent cancer cell growth and initiate cell death in test tube and animal studies. This nanot…

Posted March 17th, 2011 in News

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White House Urges Science-Based Approach for Nanotechnology Rules to Protect Public

Summary posted by Meridian on 6/10/2011

Source: The Bureau of National Affairs Daily Environment Report

Author(s): Pat Rizzuto

A new memo, issued June 9 from the United States White House, says federal agencies should use a science-based approach to regulating nanotechnology, and one that protects human health, safety and the environment, while taking care to not create unnecessary commercial barriers or hamper innovation. The memo, “Policy Principles for the U.S. Decision-Making Concerning Regulation and Oversight of Applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials” is intended to guide federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, which regulate products made with nanotechnologies, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees worker safety. While size has been the predominant focus of definitions developed for nanotechnology and nanomaterials, the memo said, for “oversight and regulation, however, the critical issue is whether and how such new or altered properties and phenomena emerging at the nanoscale create or alter the risks and benefits of a specific application. A focus on novel properties and phenomena observed in nanomaterials may ultimately be more useful than a categorical definition based on size alone.” The memo includes 10 principles federal agencies should use as they address issues raised by nanomaterials. John C. Monica, an attorney with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, who tracks federal policies for nanotechnologies, said the memo “confirms a best-science approach to potential nano-environmental, health, and safety issues, rather than a reactionary approach. While this has been the stated approach of various federal agencies in the past, it is nice to see it reaffirmed across the entire federal government at the highest levels.”

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FDA and EPA to Examine Nanotechnology


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider whether a regulated product involves the application of nanotechnology, the agency announced last week. The FDA issued a guidance document in draft form for comment from stakeholders. When in its final form, the document will “not establish any regulatory definitions. Rather, it is intended to help industry and others identify when they should consider potential implications for regulatory status, safety, effectiveness, or public health impact that may arise with the application of nanotechnology in FDA-regulated products.” …


A Simple Test Spots Bacteria

[in water]

Summary posted by Meridian on 6/10/2011

Source: Chemical & Engineering News

Author(s): Erika Gebel

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States, have developed a nanoparticle-based sensor that changes color from yellow to red as the concentration of bacteria in water increases. Drinking water in developing countries is often contaminated with bacteria, which kills millions of people each year. Methods to test such water require expensive lab equipment and expert training, two resources many such communities lack. Vincent Rotello, a researcher, said, “There’s basically no easy way to tell if water has bacteria in it.” He and his colleagues wanted to offer a cheap and simple alternative to current testing methods. The team embedded a biosensor in a strip of filter paper, which changes from yellow to red within 10 minutes after exposure to bacteria. The sensor, says Rotello, does not require large amounts of the nanoparticles, or enzyme, so the strip’s cost should be low. The next step is to improve the sensitivity of the strips, he says, as the most virulent microbes can still cause diseases even at very low concentrations.

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Energy-Saving Nanotech News

A company specializing in energy conserving solutions is making nanotechnology news by declaring its intentions to start a number of pilot projects in association with universities and hospitals across the US to make steam processing equipment more efficient using the company’s Nansulate thermal insulation and corrosion prevention coatings.

Source: http://nanotechnology.alltop.com


How Sustainable is Nanotechnology?

17 May 2011, NanoSustain

There are many nanomaterials being developed by different industries and used in a variety of different products. While their benefits to the end customer can be clear, what is not always apparent is their final fate- can they be recycled, or how can they be safely disposed of?

Source: http://nanotechnology.alltop.com


Federal Funding Opportunity [NFS]

Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology

1st Jun 2011

Due Date Window: August 15, 2011 – September 15, 2011


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
  • Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)


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