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Fiona Brewer

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (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.

July 23rd, 2012

NanoKTN Helps Secure Over 20M for the UK Nanotechnology Industry

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.

Today the NanoKTN is pleased to announce that its support and guidance has helped the UK nanotechnology industry secure over 20M in funding and commercial sales. Of the 20M, over 6.5M was secured as a direct result of work carried out by the dedicated NanoKTN team which would not have happened without their support, and the NanoKTN's influence has helped to secure the remaining 13.7m.

Nanotechnology has been defined as one of the key emerging technologies which will provide wealth opportunities for the future of the UK. Creating the right partnerships and collaborations is vital for completing any gaps in the supply chain and the NanoKTN works with its members to identify suitable partnerships for collaborative work for the commercialisation of nanotechnology products.

Nanoscale innovations have in recent years begun to be adopted by industry across a wide range of sectors including energy, healthcare, electronics, environment and materials. Today the science is moving ever more rapidly from the laboratory into profitable innovative applications, as nanotechnology offers ways to create products with significantly improved performance when compared to their conventional counterparts. The NanoKTN is committed to assisting its UK members grow by playing an integral role in ensuring that the nanotechnology market continues to expand and bring benefits to the UK economy.
The NanoKTN focuses its efforts on establishing active communities in several sectors known as priority areas including; healthcare & life sciences, ICT & electronics, engineering applications, chemical & consumer products, and metrology, instrumentation & standards. To further support growth in these areas the NanoKTN has created a number of focus groups in key areas such as NanoMedicine, Electronic Devices, Energy, High Performance Nanomaterials, Coatings, Food, Metrology, and Entrepreneurialism.
The Groups enable organisations within a specific market sector or with a specific interest in nanoscale technologies to influence and shape regional and national policy, identify capability and skills gaps, and identify supply chain gaps and come together for networking opportunities.
By facilitating introductions at events and trade missions, the NanoKTN has helped its member's secure commercial benefits in the form of equipment sales, research services, R&D contracts, internships, collaborations, and successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) - a scheme which awards grants to fund applied research collaboration between industry and university.

Assistance and advice with bid preparation and proposals has enabled NanoKTN members to secure funding through a range of sources including the Technology Strategy Board, FP7, MRC, EPSRC and ESRC. Choosing the right funding opportunity is important for UK organisations to expand their ambitions without wasting unnecessary effort and expense. Support for preparing these funding bids is crucial and the NanoKTN is committed to assisting its members in making the best possible decisions to continue seeing investment into the UK nanotechnology market.

"The UK has a wealth of academic knowledge and industrial expertise and by dedicating time to bring together these leading professionals in the nanotechnology market to collaborate on projects, the NanoKTN support has helped secure a large amount of investment for the UK that will provide impact on a global scale." explains Dr Alec Reader, Director at the NanoKTN.

Reader continues, "The number of successful funding proposals is proof that there are so many great commercial ideas out there and so many influential scientists that we hope will shape the future of UK technology and business. NanoKTN staff have significant experience of successfully bidding into the funding bodies and their advice can often help push a proposal up in the rankings so as to secure funding."

UK companies seeking to promote nanotechnology products or to explore their potential use in an application are encouraged to contact the NanoKTN. Membership to the NanoKTN is free.

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