As new applications continue to flow from the laboratory into the marketplace, it is increasingly important for researchers, lawmakers, and the public to better understand and discuss issues surrounding nanotechnology, biotechnology, and
To discuss recent technical breakthroughs, business and academic opportunities, as well as discuss the legal, ethical, safety, and societal implications of the emergence of nanotech and biotech, Rensselaer recently hosted the fifth annual NanoBiotech Conference, sponsored in part by Rensselaer’s Office of Alumni Relations.
About 150 scientists, professors, researchers, students, policy-makers, lawyers, and venture capitalists from academia, government, and industry attended the annual event at Rensselaer’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The all-day conference attracts international, multidisciplinary attention for its deep focus on nanotechnology, biotechnology, and pharma.
Presentation topics ranged from technical topics such as drug delivery vehicles for tumor angiogenesis, to more societal and industry focused topics including “Women in Nanotechnology,” “Understanding the Ethical Implications of Nanotech,” and patent law and business topics including “Making Your Nanotech Intellectual Assets Attractive to Investors” and “Nanobiotechnology Patents in Europe.”
“There’s a lot of money being thrown into nano, but it pales in comparison to other established research fields,” said Raj Bawa. “There’s also a lot of confusion and misinformation out there regarding nanotech, and one of the goals of our annual conference is to fight off and dispel this confusion and misinformation.”
Despite the momentum behind nanotechnology, its diverse applications, and robust global research efforts, conference organizer and Rensselaer Adjunct Associate Professor Raj Bawa said nanotech and nanobiotech in particular warrants considerably more attention from lawmakers, funding institutions, and the public.
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