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Open source nanotechnology CAD with distributed computing

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 5th, 2006

News from Howard Lovy, now working with Nanorex: I wanted to make sure you saw this news item about molecular simulation software maker Nanorex acquiring Nano-Hive, developer of a powerful open source tool that speeds up nanoscale simulation through distributed computing. Together, Nanorex’s NanoEngineer-1 and the renamed NanoHive-1 are going to produce faster, better-quality animations. [...]

Advice for 5-to-10 year nanotechnology investors

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 4th, 2006

Phil McCallister warns over at SeekingAlpha that some investors fall for nanotech hype: owever, investors have been burned (charred to a crisp actually) by the big Nanotech hype back in January of 2004. Remember that? George W. Bush signed the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act in 2003, and continued mentioning nanotech throughout the [...]

Key to national success in nanotechnology: Integrated development

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 29th, 2006

Nanostart Investments based in Germany has an interview with Eric Drexler in Issue 3 of their NanoStart! magazine (PDF). One topic addressed is how nations compare and how they can succeed as nanotech goes forward. In Q&A format, here’s an excerpt: Are there any major differences between continents and single countries with regard to progress [...]

Nanotechnology investing: the multi-decade roller coaster

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 14th, 2006

As has been pointed out repeatedly here, the term nanotechnology is very broadly defined, and the various “nanotechnology indexes” that try to track nanotech stocks have a tough job, to put it mildly. To complicate matters, nanotech watchers distinguish at least four, and maybe five, different generations of nano, from passive materials to highly advanced [...]

Hotmail founder to build Nano City in India

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 24th, 2006

Edward Iwata of USA Today reports that Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia has ambitious plans for India: The most ambitious project may be “Nano City,” a $10 billion, environmentally sustainable development unveiled in April by entrepreneur Bhatia and the Haryana state government in northern India. Modeled after Silicon Valley, Nano City will feature R&D and educational [...]

Small investors get another nanotech option…sort of

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 28th, 2006

It’s hard for small investors to participate in nanotechnology. Harris & Harris has been one of the few options available. Now there’s another: Nanoventure N.V. ( machine translation of home page) has made an initial public offering on the Frankfurt exchange: Eindhoven, June 13, 2006 – Nanoventure N.V. was successfully listed on the Open Market [...]

Google considers nanotech involvement

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 2nd, 2006

From the San Jose Mercury News, a story on NASA/Google collaboration: “The Mountain View-based Internet giant is expanding its plans for potential collaborations with NASA scientists at Moffett Field to include research on everything from private commercial rocket launches to search engines in the classroom to nanotechnology in orbit… ” ‘Everyone got so excited with [...]

Don’t judge a nanotech white paper by its cover

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 24th, 2006

A brief nanotech white paper from Cientifica (registration req’d — press oblong “download” button on left to get reg screen) explains the reason why government research spending on nanotech takes a while to reach commercial use. From the conclusion: “Given the two to three year lag between funding being granted and a laboratory starting work, [...]

Nanofilm president inspires at Industry Week

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 19th, 2006

Nanofilm president Scott Rickert, a Foresight Participating Member, advises firms on how to integrate near-term nanotech into their products in a piece on the Industry Week site. He also gives advice on nano-jobs, which should not have nanoscale salaries: “According to National Science Foundation estimates, the US will need 800,000 to 1 million nanotechnology workers [...]

Bayh-Dole & Nanotechnology: corporate corruption of U.S. higher education

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 6th, 2006

In the journal Nanotechnology Law & Business, there’s a book review by J. Steven Rutt of Foley & Lardner titled “Bayh-Dole and Nanotechnology: A Review of University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of American Higher Education”. The abstract: “Nanotechnology joined the Dummies book series in 2005.  While Dummies is a light read, Jennifer Washburn’s grave book, [...]

Nominate this year’s Nano 50 by March 1

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 5th, 2006

From Nanotech Briefs, on whose Editorial Advisory Board I am privileged to serve: “Nanotech Briefs announces the Second annual Nano 50™, the ultimate list of the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted – or will impact – key nanotechnology commercial markets, from automotive and electronics, to biomedical and materials. The Nano [...]

Investor advisors defend nanotech against FUD

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 27th, 2005

Carl Wherrett and John Yelovich over at The Motley Fool investor website take on the purveyors of FUD (a derogatory term implying the unreasonable or excessive promotion of fear, uncertainty, and doubt) on nanotechnology: “We are not advocating simply ignoring basic health and safety concerns as they may relate to nanotech, but we strongly urge [...]

DuPont gets investor kudos for nanotech responsibility

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 22nd, 2005

The Motley Fool’s Jack Uldrich on DuPont: “Essentially, DuPont is publicly acknowledging that there are possible risks in nanoscale material and nanoparticles; and it’s actively working to identify and — if feasible — minimize or eliminate those risks as quickly and efficiently as possible… “DuPont’s stance is a refreshing change from your typical corporate position, [...]

Nano Today: free supplement to Materials Today

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 21st, 2005

From the folks who bring you Materials Today (i.e., Elsevier), there’s also Nano Today. It’s an occasional supplement to the main publication, both of which are free of charge to those who meet their circulation profile. Sign up here. Selected articles are available free to all on the Nano Today website. For the December 2005 [...]

Average investors discouraged in finding nanotech pure-play

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 18th, 2005

Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch discourages average investors from investing in today’s early nano fund: “It’s not that nanotechnology is a bad business or that exchange-traded funds are a poor idea. It’s that the combination of the two, at this point in time, can’t deliver what investors like Roger really want, namely an intense focus on [...]

In this corner: Darrell Brookstein…

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 24th, 2005

In blog/nano, Darrell Brookstein takes a competitor to task, characterizing an ad for the Forbes Wolfe Nanotech Report as “rabidly hyped-up.” On another topic: for those loyal Nanodot readers who are seeing this on Thanksgiving, may you enjoy eating the products of “Nature’s Nanotechnology” with family and friends today. For those outside the U.S., similar [...]

Be a nanoanalyst & get paid for it

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 15th, 2005

It’s not as fun as my job here at Foresight — what could be? — but Lux Research is recruiting Analyst and Senior Analyst positions based in NYC, SF, or Boston. Required for both: “Deep intellectual curiosity about emerging technologies…Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin or Korean is a huge plus; Western European or Middle [...]

Top 10 nano companies likely to go public

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 10th, 2005

From the Sept/Oct issue of Nanotechnology Law & Business (subscription required), a piece titled “Top Ten Nanotechnology Companies Likely To Go Public.” In alphabetical order: Carbon Nanotechnologies, Insert Therapeutics, Konarka, Molecular Imprints, Nanodynamics, Nanofilm, Nanosys, Nano-Tex, Nantero, and Zyvex. Excerpt: “Zyvex unabashedly claims that it is ‘the most publicized nanotechnology business in the world.’ Founded [...]

IP may be overvalued as nanotech success indicator

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 9th, 2005

From Lawrence Gasman over at NanoMarkets, a thought piece on nanotech intellectual property. An excerpt: “Contrary to the beliefs of many, the pure IP model may ultimately prove hard to defend in the nanotechnology business. Nanotechnology provides a very wide range of materials and manufacturing platforms. This in turn, suggests that performance goals for nanoproducts [...]

New Nanotech Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 3rd, 2005

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! Glenn is on our board. Sign up at upper right to get ongoing nano news from us. Keeping scrolling below to see much liveblogging from the nano conference last week.—Christine We at Foresight are often get inquiries from those who wish to invest in nanotechnology stocks and want advice. Unfortunately, we [...]