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Bio Nano Consulting, NanoKTN and Wellcome Trust help to showcase technological advances

Nano 4 Life Conference Explores Key Areas in Life-Science Nanotechnology

London, UK | Posted on February 16th, 2009

Bio Nano Consulting (BNC), the specialist bio-nanotechnology product development consultancy and the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, have delivered a highly successful conference in partnership with The Wellcome Trust. The Nano 4 Life conference explored key areas within life sciences where nanotechnology offers opportunities to advance healthcare provision, improve product development and help keep the UK a leading force in this exciting technology area. With high-quality keynote addresses from household names such as GSK, AstraZeneca and GE Healthcare, the event was significantly over-subscribed with greater than 170 registrations.

Nanotechnology is widely recognised to have the potential to make a significant impact on healthcare. This conference successfully brought together leading academic and industry researchers to discuss the increasingly important intersection between nanotechnology and the bio, pharma and healthcare sectors. As bio-nanotechnology experts, BNC organised the Nano 4 Life conference in order to explore how nanotechnology can further benefit life science.

Attendees of the conference heard where the technology can provide solutions to healthcare issues and also what researchers need to consider when developing innovations to ensure that companies can take these new ideas to the patients that need them. The conference had a very positive outlook on how the sector will be able to help solve some of the most pressing healthcare problems, such as drug resistant superbugs and major advances in cancer treatment.

Prof Leonard Fass, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, one of the Nano 4 Life speakers commented, "It was fantastic to see so many researchers from both academia and industry come together to discuss the applications of nanotechnology in healthcare and pharma." He continued, "What is more, attendance from such high-profile pharmaceutical companies has helped to highlight the importance of nanotechnology and how it can be used to advance today's life science sectors."

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About Bio Nano Consulting (BNC)
The BNC is a specialist research and development consultancy operating in the convergent field of bionanotechnology. A joint venture of Imperial College London and University College London, the BNC is funded through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) with additional support from the London Development Agency (LDA).



Along with its partner organisation, the National Physical Laboratory, the BNC offers a service to the biomedical and healthcare industries in microsystems and nanotechnology. This encompasses design, 3-D modelling and visualisation, rapid prototyping, and characterisation.

About NanoKTN:

The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.

Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.

About The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is the largest charity in the UK. It funds innovative biomedical research, in the UK and internationally, spending over £600 million each year to support the brightest scientists with the best ideas. The Wellcome Trust supports public debate about biomedical research and its impact on health and wellbeing.

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Bio Nano Consulting & NanoKTN
Dr Mike Fisher
Business Development Director
BNC
& Theme Manager, Bionano & NanoMedicine, NanoKTN
t: +44 (0)207 268 3330


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