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Nanotech, pharma, science and tech, sustainable development – a selection of Nanocolors lists

On the blog :

Nanotech companies in the biomedical sectors

Nanotech links

Nanotechnology publications

Nanotechnology reports

Nanotech trend charts

On Twitter :

Nanotech news

Pharma and health news

Pharmaceutical companies

Science and technology news

Sustainable development


Focus on nanotech companies in the biomedical sector

This post focuses on companies specifically developping/proposing nanotech-based products & applications in the biomedical sector ; for each company listed below the specific area of activity and/or a flagship product or application are also mentionned :

<> BIND Biosciences (USA) : therapeutic targeted nanoparticles

<> BioNanomatrix (USA) : nanochannel array technology for genome analysis

<> Calando Pharmaceuticals (USA) : RNAi/Oligonucleotide Nanoparticle Delivery (RONDEL) technology

<> Cerulean Pharma (USA) : Nanocell nanobiology platform for multi-compartmental nanoparticle-based therapeutics

<> Cromoz (USA) : water soluble carbon nanotubes and water soluble fluorescent carbon quantum dots for the biomedical industry (drug delivery, imaging)

<> Cytimmune (USA) : colloidal gold-based nanomedicines

<> Debiotech (Switzerland) : Insulin Nanopump

<> Ferropharm (Germany) : superparamagnetic nanoparticles as contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

<> Magforce Nanotechnologies (Germany) : Nano-Cancer therapy

<> MedNanotech / Medical Nanotechnologies Inc (USA) : nanoparticle functionalization, drug delivery and targeted hyperthermic therapy

<> Minerva Biotechnologies (USA) : biochips based on affinity nanoparticles for diagnosis, therapy selection, and monitoring of drug effectiveness (example : test which identifies the MUC1* biomarker)

<> NanoBioMagnetics (USA) : organ-assisting-device (OAD) technologies employing magnetically responsive nanoparticles (MNP)

<> Nanobiotix (France) : NanoXray nanoparticles

<> NanoMedical Systems (USA) : Personalized Molecular Drug delivery System

<> NanoSpectra Biosciences (USA) : Aurolase therapy for thermal destruction of solid tumors

<> Nanosphere (USA) : advanced molecular diagnostics systems

<> NanoViricides (USA) :  targeted anti-viral therapeutics utilizing nanoscale materials and processes

<> NOD Pharmaceuticals (USA/China) : Nanoparticle Oral Delivery technology

<> Omega Genesis (USA) : focused on nano-scale materials that promote or inhibit angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels)

<> Savara Pharmaceuticals (USA) : NanoCluster dry powder aerosol drug delivery platform

<> Shrink Nanotechnologies (USA) : StemDisc platform, ShrinkChip rapid prototyping system

Comments are welcome for expanding this list !

<<< Latest post update : 23/10/2010 >>>

Nanoscience and nanotechnology in the EC research programs

– In February 2008, the European Commission released a recommendation on a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research. It is based on seven principles : meaning (activities should be broadly comprehensible); sustainability; precaution; inclusiveness (with regard to stakeholders); excellence; innovation; and accountability (with regard to social and other impacts).*

– The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community (which runs from 2007 till 2013) includes a theme entitled “Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies” (“NMP”).**

– Additionally, two European Community technology platforms*** are already set up in the field of nanotechnology :

–> European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC)

–> European Technology Platform-Nanomedicine (ETP-Nanomedicine)

* The European Commission website includes a dedicated nanotechnology page.

** More information about nanotechnology projects in former Framework Programs is available from this page

*** The full list of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) can be found here.

Focus on nanotechnology reports

<<< Latest post update : 06/11/2010 >>>

This post lists several important reports dedicated to various aspects of nanotech and related issues.*


–>  Etat des lieux du secteur des nanotechnologies (57 p)

–> Gold for good – Gold and nanotechnology in the age of innovation (24 p)

–> Les nanotechnologies et les nanomatériaux dans les pays nordiques – état des lieux et prise en compte des risques en 2010 (22p)

–> Nanotechnologies et enjeux dans les secteurs de l’eau et de l’énergie des pays en développement (33 p)

–>  Risques et opportunités trans-sectoriels des nanotechnologies pour les pays en développement (32 p)

–> Voluntary initiatives, regulation, and nanotechnology oversight : charting a path (56 p)


–> Adressing nanomaterials as an issue of global concern (42 p)

–> Approaches to safe nanotechnology – Managing the health and safety concerns associated with engineered nanomaterials (104 p)

–> Engineered nanomaterials : evidence on the effectiveness of workplace controls to prevent exposure (82 p)

–> Exposure to nanomaterials in consumer products (47 p)

–> Literature review – Workplace exposure to nanoparticles (91 p)

–> Manufactured nanomaterials and sunscreens : top reasons for precautions (10 p)

–> Mapping study on regulation and governance of nanotechnologies (138 p)

–> Nano & biocidal silver – extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health (48 p)

–> Nanotechnologies et nanoparticules dans l’alimentation humaine et animale (27 p)

–> Nanotechnology : the social and ethical issues (63 p)

–> Oversight of next generation nanotechnology (48 p)

–> Securing the promise of nanotechnologies : towards transatlantic regulatory cooperation (122 p)


–> Applications of nanotechnologies in the energy sector (88 p)

–> European activities in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) and governance of nanotechnology (48 p)

–> Les nanotechnologies (186 p)

–> Novel materials in the environment : the case of nanotechnology (154 p)

–> Out of the laboratory and on to our plates – Nanotechnology in food and agriculture (68 p)

–> Risk governance of nanotechnology applications in food and cosmetics (52 p)

–> Small wonder ? Nanotechnology and cosmetics (12 p)

–> Towards predicting nano-biointeractions : an international assessment of nanotechnology environment, health and safety research needs (80 p)


–> Characterising the Potential Risks Posed by Engineered Nanoparticles: A Second U.K. Government Research Report (100 p)

–> Environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies – barriers and opportunities (95 p)

–> Nanotechnology recent developments, risks and opportunities (36 p)

—> Nanotechnology risk perceptions : the influence of affect and values (53)


–> Nanomaterials, sunscreens and cosmetics : small ingredients, big risks (32 p)

–> Nanotechnology, water & development (44 p)

–> Nanotech Rx – Medical applications of nano-scale technologies : what impact on marginalized communities ? (63 p)


–> Opportunities and risks of nanotechnologies (46 p)

–> Nanotechnology and the poor : opportunities and risks (29 p)

–> Nanotechnology in medical applications: possible risks for human health (46 p)


–> A review of selected nanotechnology topics and their potential military applications (44 p)

–> Nanoscience and nanotechnologies : opportunities and uncertainties (127 p)

–> Nanotechnologies : prospective sur la menace et les opportunités au service du combattant (74 p)

* The sources/authors are diverse, and so are also the statements, assessments, opinions, proposals… expressed in these different documents. Nanocolors provides such a contrasted list for feeding the debate and considers all these reports are worthy of reading for self-education on nanotech and some of the “hot” issues in the field .

Focus : nanotech on NGO websites

The emergence of increasingly numerous nanotechnology applications triggers a lot of debate, especially about health, environmental and ethical issues. Several NGOs have dedicated a part of their website to nanotechnologies to express their opinions / state their positions and initiate or relay campaigns related to nanotech, for example :

-> Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : nanotechnology page and position statement on nanotechnology

-> ETC Group : nanotechnology page

-> Organic Consumers Association :  “information on nanotechnology and synthetic biology” page

Other NGOs launched satellite websites completely dedicated to their views and actions on nanotech ; two of them are already referenced on Nanocolors (the parent NGO is mentionned between brackets) :

-> Friends Of the Earth Nanotechnology Project (Friends Of the Earth Australia)

-> NanoAction (International Center for Technology Assessment)

Your comments are welcome, for example if you know other such websites 🙂

Focus on nanotechnology publications

Ten nanotech journals / magazines and their websites are now referenced on Nanocolors :

Nature Nanotechnology  (impact factor : 14,917)

Nano Letters (impact factor : 10,317)

Nanomedicine (impact factor : 6,1)

Nano Today (impact factor : 5,929)

Nanotechnology (impact factor : 3,310)

International Journal of Nanomedicine (impact factor : 1,642)

Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology (impact factor : 0,989)

Nano Magazine (n.a.)

Nanomedicine : Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (n.a.)

Nanoscale (n.a.)

(Find out about what impact factor indicates here). 

<<< Latest post update : 27/12/2009 >>>

Focus on nanotechnology twitter feeds

I reference Twitter feeds dedicated to nanotechnology in this post. Here are already 17 of them :


















Here are also 13 personal Twitter feeds where nanotech is recurrent, though not the only subject :














Nanotech is also recurrent in this lab Twitter feed :


You can visit the dedicated Twitter feeds part I and …part II categories on Nanocolors @ Netvibes to follow (most of) them.

Please leave a comment if you know other nanotech Twitter feeds 🙂

<<< Latest post update : 04/10/2009 >>>