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September 4th, 2009

OECD Conference on Fostering safe, Innovation-led growth in Nanotechnology

Abstract:
There is little doubt that nanotechnology is delivering on its promise to revolutionize many sectors of the global economy. As nanoenabled products populate the commercial landscape at an accelerated pace, there is growing interest in developing tools that can be used to assess more precisely the benefits to the environment of nanotechnology and/or nanoenabled products. Largely in response to this growing interest, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) convened on July 15-17, 2009, a fascinating three- day conference in Paris, France, titled OECD Conference on Potential Environmental Benefits of Nanotechnology: Fostering Safe Innovation-Led Growth. The conference was intended to jump start a more structured dialogue aimed at identifying and quantifying the environmental benefits of nanotechnology while fostering the safe, innovation-led growth of nanotechnology. The conference attracted over 200 attendees from all over the world. The Conference Steering Committee elected to use the term "life-cycle perspectives" to characterize the need to consider both the benefits and impacts throughout the life cycle of the nanomaterial or nanotechnology application.

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