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For the third consecutive year, UK Trade & Investment is supporting leading UK nanotechnology organisations at nano tech 2007, the world's leading nanotechnology event. Taking place in Tokyo this week, the event, featuring a Pavilion, will showcase UK expertise and the many trade and investment opportunities the UK offers.
The UK Pavilion, supported by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), gathers together nanotechnology companies and research institutes from across the UK. UKTI expects the event will match UK nanotechnology organisations with potential business partners, customers and investors.
In all, fifteen organisations will be represented at the event, including the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), whose stand will display the centre's new facilities, including clean rooms and specialist labs. It will also feature its two new spin-out companies, Endomagnetics and the Bio-Nano Centre.
Endomagnetics has recently started testing its first product, the SentiMAG(TM) in a hospital environment. This is a handheld probe that assists surgeons by providing them with a quicker and safer process of finding out if breast cancer has spread. It acts as a hand-help MRI probe (magnetic resonance imaging) that is capable of detecting magnetic field variations inside a patient's body that are as small as a millionth of the Earth's own magnetic field.
Other UK organisations travelling to Tokyo include Team AVNP, a consortium of six groups that is developing a material that could help protect against viral infection such as SARS or ‘bird-flu'. It uses a nano-particle technology that could be incorporated into products such as face masks and protective clothing.
Ilika Technologies Ltd will also be attending, showcasing their high throughput and combinatorial techniques.
Nanoco Technologies Ltd, a leading nanotechnology company developing and producing fluorescent semi-conducting materials known as quantum dots, is just one company already exporting to Japan and is looking to grow its' client base at nano tech 2007.
Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment said:
"The UK nanotechnology industry is truly world-class and the fifteen organisations on the Pavilion' are leaders in this enabling technology. Global interest in UK nanotech companies is growing and nanotech 2007 will provide a platform for UK companies to consolidate links with the Japanese market. With support such as that provided by UK Trade & Investment, MNT Network and the Regional Development Agencies, there is no doubt that the UK will continue to grow its world-class nanotech capabilities."
About UK Trade & Investment
# UK Trade & Investment is the UK Government's international business development organisation, supporting businesses seeking to establish in the UK and helping UK companies grow internationally. The services offered by UK Trade & Investment bring together a network of business sector specialists and support teams in British embassies and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) posts all around the world, as well as key experts in government departments across the UK. UK Trade & Investment works with a wide range of partner organisations in the UK, including Regional Development Agencies and the Devolved Administrations, Business Links, Chambers of Commerce and trade associations. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk . For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at http://www.newsroom.uktradeinvest.gov.uk .
The UK Micro and Nanotechnology (MNT) Network was set up to assist with the commercialization of MNT in the UK. It is the primary source of information about the commercial usage of MNT in the UK. MNT Network was established in 2003 by the DTI and the 12 Regional Development Agencies and Devolved Administrations. http://www.mntforum.com
To register for the following seminar: ‘Nanotechnology Collaboration with the UK: International Success Stories’ 22 February 14:00 – 16:00 at Tokyo Big Sight, visit http://www.ics-inc.co.jp/nanotech/en/uk.html .
Nano tech 2007 will showcase fifteen UK organisations at the forefront of global nanotechnology, listed below:
Ilika Technologies Ltd http://www.ilika.com
Imerys Minerals Ltd http://www.imerys-perfmins.com/eu/toll-processing.htm
Ionscope limited http://www.ionscope.com
London Centre for Nanotechnology http://www.london-nano.ucl.ac.uk
Memsstar Technology http://www.memsstar.com
Nanoco Technologies Limited http://www.nanocotechnologies.com
Nanoforce Technology Limited http://www.nanoforce.co.uk
Nanotec Northern Ireland http://www.nanotecni.com
Oxford Biosensors http://www.oxford-biosensors.com
Qudos Technology http://www.qudostechnology.co.uk
Team AVNP http://www.avnp.co.uk
Thomas Swan & Company Limited http://www.thomas-swan.co.uk
UK Laser Micromachining Centre http://www.uk-lmc.co.uk
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