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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: April 16, 2008

Digest news items also appear as posts on our blog Nanodot at http://foresight.org/nanodot. Each news item can be discussed individually in the comments area on Nanodot. We invite your participation!

Top Nano News of the Week

Structural DNA nanotechnology builds dodecahedron from three-legged building blocks

In this approach to structural DNA nanotechnology, three short DNA strands are attached to one aromatic ring containing six carbon atoms. By choosing the correct DNA sequences, 20 such three-legged building blocks are made to assemble into a dodecahedron…

In this issue:

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – Free conference tickets available for Senior Associates
Foresight Lectures
Nanotech Events – Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO08)
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Treating spinal cord injury with nanotechnology

Current capabilities in nanotechnology not only promise better vehicles for drug delivery, but also provide materials nanoengineered to promote specific tissue healing…

Nanotechnology fabricates OLEDs for active matrix displays

A proof-of-concept application of nanotechnology to fabricate transparent organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) small enough to serve as pixels in high-resolution displays might lead to products like flexible color monitors and "heads-up" displays in car windshields…

Nanotechnology slows tumor growth by targeting the blood vessels feeding the tumor

Nanotechnology-based cancer therapy is advancing step-by-step toward human clinical trials. In a recent demonstration in rabbits, nanoparticles targeted to the growing blood vessels feeding tumors shrank the tumors using far less chemotherapy drug (and therefore with no harmful side effects) than would have been required to shrink the tumors if the drug had been used alone, without nanotech…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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Foresight Partners

Foresight note: One free conference ticket is available to a Foresight Senior Associate only for each of the following three conferences. Please contact Alicia Isaac either at foresight@foresight.org or by phone 650.289.0860.

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
April 22 - 23, 2008
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process, and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

This conference will highlight the current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way we manufacture products. Peer networking, information sharing, and technology exchange among the world's nanomanufacturing leaders will be a key feature of the event.

Foresight members get a substantial discount on registration; inquire at foresight@foresight.org.

NanoMaterials08
Inspiring Commercial Success
July 7-9, 2008
The Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, UK

Following the huge success of our inaugural conference which attracted over 200 delegates, NanoCentral® and IntertechPira are pleased to bring you NanoMaterials08. Taking place between 7-9 July at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel, this is the only event of its kind to focus on the commercialisation of nanomaterials. NanoMaterials08 is made up of poster sessions, workshops, exhibitions, a conference and social programme, and will feature a variety of national and international companies active in the nanomaterials revolution. With over 400 attendees expected, this event will provide excellent networking and learning opportunities, and is not to be missed.

Nanotech Northern Europe 2008
Europe's largest annual nanotechnology conference
September 23-25, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
  • Nanotechnology-enabled ICT (info & communication technologies)
  • Nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine

The program also features sessions on:

  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
  • Tech transfer

Foresight Lectures

April 23, 2008
NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits
Framingham, Massachusetts
David Forrest will discuss the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, including progress made to date, and the next steps.
Click here for conference details

May 21, 2008
RAPID 2008 Conference & Exposition
"The New Wave in Manufacturing"
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Tihamer T. Toth-Fejel will discuss the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, including progress made to date, and the next steps.
Click here for conference details

July 21-25, 2008
OSCON: O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Portland, Oregon
Christine Peterson will give a keynote on open source and nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

Nanotech Events

April 22–25, 2008
Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO08)
Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices
Snowbird, Utah USA
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