Archive for the ‘Nanotechnology and Microtechnology’ Category

Max Planck Researchers Embark on Fantastic Voyage into Nanomachine Technology

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Ever since the visionary science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage from the 1960s, researchers have dreamed of medical devices so small that they could conduct operations within a human cell. Until now, it wasn’t possible to produce appropriately sized functional parts; while nature can build motors on the scale of about 20 ...

Galway Companies Join EU Project to Develop New Medtech Manufacturing Technologies

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Two companies based in Galway, Ireland's medtech hub, are contributing their expertise to a pan-European project designed to develop new technologies for medical manufacturing, reports www.siliconrepublic.com. Crospon, founded in 2006 to develop minimally invasive surgical devices, and Adama Innovations, which was spun out from Irish nanoscience institute CRANN earlier this year, ...

Healthcare Industry Remains Key Customer for Europe’s Micro- and Nanotech Sector

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The medtech and larger healthcare markets remain a key focus of European suppliers of micro- and nanotechnology and advanced materials, according to a survey just published by IVAM Research, an arm of industry association IVAM. Sixteen percent of respondents indicated that the medical technology and healthcare sectors, which topped the ...

NEC Develops Mass Production of Carbon Nanohorns, Drug Delivery Among Applications

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Japanese computer giant NEC Corp. (Tokyo) has developed a technology to mass produce nano carbon materials in a horn-shaped structure. Because of their shape and the absence of metallic impurities, the so-called carbon nanohorns may have applications in drug-delivery systems. Carbon nanohorns measure approximately 2 to 5 nm in diameter and ...

Nanoscience Institute CRANN Receives €8 Million of Private Sector Funding

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

CRANN, a nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has announced that it has received €8 million of private sector funding for nanoscience research in 2012, an investment that has created 50 full-time research jobs, according to a press release from TCD. The research institute, which is primarily supported ...

Licorice-Laced Nanocoating Protects Biologic Components during Sterilisation

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Here's something you might not know about licorice. Many medical products must be sterilised to prevent putting the patient at risk of infection, but the sterilisation process itself can be hazardous to biological components, which increasingly are used to functionalise devices. Researchers from Germany and Austria have tested a nanocoating ...

Kyoto Researchers Combine Carbon Nanotubes and NIR Technology to Kill Cancer Cells

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Kyoto University researchers have discovered that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) combined with a near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation technique generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and kill cancer cells. CNTs have unique properties that can be exploited for diagnostics, thermal ablation and drug delivery.

Nanomachine Assembly Mimics Muscle Movement

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Scientists at French research institute CNRS have assembled thousands of nano-scale machines that are capable of producing coordinated movement similar to human muscles. Led by Professor Nicolas Giuseppone of the University of Strasbourg, the research validates a biomimetic theory that has, until now, remained at the conceptual stage, according to ...

NANOMED2020 Aims to Bring More Nanomedicine Products to European Patients

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

German innovation and technology association VDI/VDE-IT recently announced a collaboration with key European nanomedicine playersfunded by the European Commission. The partnership aims at identifying key areas for nanomedicine research and at establishing novel concepts for translation of nanomedical innovations into clinical practice. The project called NANOMED2020 started on 1 September 2012 ...

Micro- and Nanoexperts to Meet at the 5th NRW Nano-Conference in Germany

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The 5th NRW Nano-Conference will be held from 18 to 19 September 2012 in the Congress Center Dortmund, Germany. Taking place for the fifth year in a row, the meeting will again present current issues in research and application of nanotechnology as well as related policies. The Nano-Conference is providing ...

Noninvasive Biosensor Could Replace Pinpricks for Diabetes Testing

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

An inexpensive biosensor that detects glucose in saliva, tears and urine could one day replace pinpricks for diabetes testing. "Most sensors typically measure glucose in blood," says Jonathan Claussen, a former doctoral student at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) and currently a research scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory. ...

NanotechItaly to Highlight Applications in Healthcare, Materials and Electronics

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

NanotechItaly, an international conference to promote nanotechnology, will take place 21 to 23 November 2012 in Venice. The event will present the latest developments and trends in R&D, applications and worldwide governance, and will provide the opportunity for discussion among representatives of industry, public research and governmental bodies. During the convention, Italian and ...