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NanoKTN to Highlight Funding Opportunities for Micro and Nanotechnology in Healthcare

2nd November 2011, Eversheds, London.
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of its Miniaturisation in Healthcare Products event, which will look at the current applications of micro and nanotechnology in healthcare products and the funding opportunities available for their commercialisation.

Miniaturisation in the medical device industry is taking hold as a method of solving modern healthcare challenges. The advances in the semiconductor industry have created manufacturing methods that translate across to the medical device industry, enabling the production of more robust, integrated devices that require lower power and are less invasive to the patient. The smaller devices are more mobile and can be applied outside their traditional hospital, or even surgical, setting.

In order to deliver these innovations, partnerships often need to be formed. By hosting this event, the NanoKTN aims to build partnerships and increase the strength of the supply chain.

Presentations will feature successful case studies and state-of-the-art academic research from key professionals including representatives from Nanomerics Ltd, UCL and the Universities of Middlesex, Newcastle and Sheffield. The Technology Strategy Board will also discuss the Nanoscale Technology Enabled Healthcare call which opens on 1st November and will provide £9 million of TSB-EPSRC funding for innovative projects between UK industry and academia.

"The field of medical science is developing rapidly and there is no doubt that nanotechnology is helping to solve some of the industry’s most significant challenges. In order for commercialisation to be seen, and the UK industry to benefit and grow, we need to ensure we have a solid supply chain. This event will help to encourage involvement in the market and will provide valuable networking opportunities ahead of the TSB call for grant funding in this area," says Dr Mike Fisher, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.

The event is supported by Eversheds, the Technology Strategy Board, Bio Nano Consulting and the HealthTech and Medicines KTN.

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