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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 [...]

Zyvex: molecularly precise nanomanufacturing

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 25th, 2005

Liveblogging the Foresight Conference: Just finishing up is Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex, introduced as a “rock star of nanotechnology” by Charlie Harris. His goal is molecularly precise manufacturing of products at any length scale. He is agnostic on the method. They just won an R&D 100 award, and have quite a long list of [...]

Next up: Carl Kohrt, CEO Battelle

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 24th, 2005

Keynote for today is Carl Kohrt, CEO of Battelle, the giant research organization that runs three US national labs. He is describing their alliance with Foresight on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, their own (large) Battelle Nanotechnology Innovation Network, how these relate to the Foresight Challenges, and his projections for what’s coming in the [...]

Innovest launches index to track responsible nanotech companies

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 23rd, 2005

As reported on the Investment & Pensions Europe website, Innovest has launched a new Nanotechnology Index that addresses risk and risk perception: “The index is designed to identify companies that are contributing to a better understanding of the risks, but committed to delivering benefits from nanotechnology in medicine, clean water and energy, says Innovest… “Innovest [...]

Nanoexplosions-on-a-chip

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 12th, 2005

From the ever-diligent Charles Q. Choi, on work by physicist Shubhra Gangopadhyay at the University of Missouri at Columbia: “The researchers [have] coated devices made of glass with a mixture of nanoparticle fuel such as aluminum and oxidizer such as iron oxide. The nanoparticle quality of the fuel and oxidizer provides far greater surface area [...]

Quickie intro to nanoinvesting mostly useful, but only mostly

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 30th, 2005

A very quick intro to nanotech investing in Wired News by Joanna Glasner includes some very good advice that one hopes anyone contemplating such an investment will pay close attention to, such as: “Beware of marketing labels: If a company has ‘nano’ in its name, [Matthew Nordan of Lux Research] cautions, that doesn’t necessarily mean [...]

Nanotech solar power planned for rooftops, siding

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 11th, 2005

A useful article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle by Paul Carlstrom — “As solar gets smaller, its future gets brighter: Nanotechnology could turn rooftops into a sea of power-generating stations” — describes the current state of near-term nanotech’s contribution to solar energy technologies. “With nanotechnology, tiny solar cells can be printed onto flexible, very thin [...]

Lux Research warns of nanotech risks

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 17th, 2005

A new report on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risks from nanotechnology: “Lux Research, one of a handful of investment advisory firms that focuses on nanotechnology companies, said corporations including Lockheed Martin and Kraft Foods Inc. spent $3.8 billion on nanotech research and development last year. Yet, it said corporate EHS officers are ‘mostly unaware [...]

Risks and rewards of nanotechnology, from OECD and Allianz

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 15th, 2005

The attitude taken by insurance companies toward nanotech will have a major impact on the field. The OECD and Allianz, an insurance firm, have published a study on the opportunities and risks of nanotechnology (available in pdf format, 2.7 MB). From the announcement: “Allianz believes that it would not be appropriate to create a general [...]

Northwestern tops Berkeley in earliest nanobusiness course

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 14th, 2005

An earlier post discussed a new nanobusiness course at UC Berkeley, saying it was the first one, to our knowledge. Our knowledge has now expanded: Sean Murdock has taught such a course at Northwestern for a couple of years, and Rod Ruoff taught it for a year before that. Anyone earlier out there? –CP