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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 17:14:33 -0800

The Nanogirl News
November 18, 2002

Quantum Dot Corporation Launches First Bio-Nanotechnology Product. Quantum
Dot Corporation (QDC), the leader in quantum dot biotechnology applications,
announced today the launch of its first Qdot(TM) product. The Qdot(TM) 605
Streptavidin Conjugate, the first in a line of Qdot products, enables
dramatic improvements in a wide range of bio-sensing applications. "This
first product launch is an enormously significant milestone in our evolution
into a commercial organization," said Carol C. Lou, QDC's President and
Chief Operations Officer. "We have made many significant innovations in
converting an academic curiosity into a business reality. Our core expertise
in the commercialization of biologically active nanomaterials will enable
the rapid launch of many additional products in 2003 and beyond. Our Qdot
products give substantial performance improvements with a wide variety of
installed instruments. We anticipate rapid adoption by the large number of
scientists who require sensitive detection and visualization of
biomolecules." (Business Wire 11/14/02)

An Innovation Recession? Amid Tough Times, Lab Chiefs Say Research Still
Moving Forward. The technology slump of the past two years has cost
thousands of workers their jobs, decimated some companies and slowed down
the economy. Will it also result in fewer innovations from America's
high-tech firms? That question can produce contentious responses inside
Silicon Valley. But it's also a significant long-term economic issue. A U.S.
Commerce Department study shows that information technology companies
accounted for nearly 30 percent of national growth between 1995 and 2000,
despite comprising just 8 percent of the national GDP. And tech firms grew
in large part due to innovations cooked up in America's research
labs. -Included: IBMs nanotechnology research- (ABC News 11/11/02)

Scientists shell out on nanowires. Researchers from Harvard University, US,
have used chemical-vapour deposition to grow multiple shells around
nanowires of silicon and germanium. Charles Lieber and his team also
demonstrated a field-effect transistor based on a nanowire with a silicon
core coated with layers of germanium and silicon oxide. nanotechweb 11/8/02)
Or read at PhysicsWeb- Nanowires within nanowires:

Bay Area firms, people, win 'Scientific American 50'. Ten Bay Area-based
firms and people made the grade for outstanding achievement in progressive
science and technology, according to Scientific American magazine first
"Scientific American 50" awards. Visit the link to view the winners.-two
nanoscale winners- (San Francisco Business Times 11/11/02)

Molecular Film on Liquid Mercury Reveals New Properties. A team of
scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Harvard University, and Bar-Ilan University in Israel have grown
ultrathin films made of organic molecules on the surface of liquid mercury.
The results, reported in the November 15, 2002, issue of Science, reveal a
series of new molecular structures that could lead to novel applications in
nanotechnology, which involves manipulating materials at the atomic scale.
(BNL 11/14/02)

UT to reap money from Dow partnership. The University of Texas will get a
percentage of the revenue from a drug technology collaboration between UT
and Dow Chemical Co., the Midland, Mich.-based chemical and pharmaceutical
company announced...UT researchers have discovered methods using
nanotechnology to break drugs into extremely small particles, making them
more soluble. Nanotechnology is the science of developing materials from
minute particles to improve conventional products. (San Francisco Business T
imes 11/12/02)

NIST Keeps You In Position In Space And Time. Phoning home from 93 billion
miles away - -only E.T. and other science fiction characters can do that.
But with the help of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
know-how, reality soon may catch up with imagination... The prototype NIST
device acts as a mechanical filter that generates very straight lines by
screening out all other motions. Primarily intended for use in the delicate
assembly and alignment of optoelectronic devices and applications in micro-
and nano-manufacturing, the micro-positioner in a different application
offers a promising means for meeting the demanding range, mass and power
requirements for the RISE.  (Space Daily 11/15/02)

CMP self-aligns carbon nanofibre cathodes. Researchers at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US have used chemical
mechanical polishing (CMP) to make gated field-emission devices with single
carbon nanofibre cathodes. The technique has the advantage that it
self-aligns the carbon nanofibre with the aperture and does not need complex
photolithographic equipment. (nanotechweb.org 11/15/02)

Young Inventors Awards: Finalists: The Inventions. Asia's Magicians. THE
VISIONARY science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said: "Any
sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." That's as
true for the earliest "magicians" who invented the mariner's compass, the
printing press and the steam engine as it is of current breakthroughs in
everything from third-generation telephony to mapping the human genome. Over
the centuries, the exchange of technologies has inspired new developments
and improvements. Today, we are witnessing unparalleled advances in
technology and mass production, while scientific discovery in such areas as
genomics, biochemistry and nanotechnology will change the way we live and
work. (FarEasternEconomic Review Issue Nov. 21, 2002)

STMicro shows dual-function DNA analysis chip. STMicroelectronics
demonstrated a dual-function microfluidic chip that can both amplify DNA and
analyze the results of the reaction at the recent Chips-to-Hits conference
here. The MEMS system was created as a spin-off from inkjet print heads,
which are essentially a silicon-based microfluidic technology. Tiny samples
of DNA go through a temperature cycle that doubles the amount of genetic
material in the sample each time, and the results are piped into another
area of the chip containing gold electrodes with specific DNA strands
attached. A match is detected optically, offering a single-chip solution for
bedside medical diagnostics. (EETimes 11/11/02)

Lotus effect shakes off dirt. The lotus - a flowering wetland plant native
to Asia - may not, at first glance, be of interest to the nanotechnologist.
But researchers at German chemical company BASF are developing a spray-on
coating that mimics the way lotus leaves repel water droplets and particles
of dirt. (nanotechweb 11/8/02)

>From wall plug to nano circuit: power chips go hand-in-hand with SoC
technology. System on a chip (SOC) companies are coming out with strong
predictions, claiming that the entire signal path (digital + analog +
memory) and even a full GSM system----including power management----will be
integrated in the next few years. However, the reality is that this
up-integration march, fueled by nano scale lithography (minimum features
less than 100nm), ends up defining the product's own technology boundaries:
the higher the number of transistors on a chip, the lower their voltage and
the more fragile their technology. At the 0.13um juncture, for example, the
SOC processes work at voltages in the range of 1-2V! (PlanetAnalog.com

HP wins molecular electronics patent. HP has received a US patent that
covers "chemically synthesized and assembled electronic devices". The patent
describes a scalable chemical process for making devices based on
electrically switchable molecules positioned between crossed wires just a
few atoms wide.(nanotechweb.org 11/13/02)

Biotech early bird flies pharma coop. Larry Bock is not a household name in
Silicon Valley, but perhaps he should be. During the past 17 years, he has
been one of the most prolific and successful entrepreneurs in biotechnology.
An early bird in biotech, the 43-year-old Bock founded 12 biotech start-ups,
eight of which trade on the Nasdaq, and has made good money on most of them.
He has seeded several others that have gone public. Last year, though, Bock
flew the biotech coop. A consolidation in the industry had made it too hard
to sell products to the big pharmaceutical companies, he said. Instead, he
has incubated a Palo Alto start-up, Nanosys, which plays in the emerging
field of nanotechnology. (Mercury News 11/17/02)

Researchers Have Big Hopes for Nanotechnology. The future of science and
technology lies in a small world -- so tiny it can't be seen with the
unaided human eye. Broadly known as nanotechnology, it's the hottest area in
research and development. Embracing various sciences, engineering and
technology, it holds out enormous potential for advances in everything from
drug delivery to consumer products. Nanotechnology, which focuses on the
ability to work at the molecular level to create new structures and
functions, is now attracting millions of dollars in government funding and
corporate investment.
(The Salt Lake Tribune 11/17/02)

Europe has massive interest in nanotechnology at the academic level, but
successfully moving it all to market will require the combined efforts of
the European Union, individual governments and trade groups, according to a
new report.
(SmallTimes 11/15/02)

BioTrove eyes 'giant leap' in drug-discovery process. Two products aim to
cut down time, cost of drug development. On the fourth floor of Pfizer Inc's
Memorial Drive research facility, BioTrove Inc. is quietly making
nanotechnology a reality. Nanotechnology promises to speed up the
drug-discovery process by reducing assays to a fraction of their present
size. Though still a nascent field, the market is ripe for it, said Colin
Brenan, president and CEO of BioTrove.
(Boston Business Journal 11/18/02)

Avogadro Partners has small plans for future. Seattle-based venture capital
firm is betting its future on the 'science of small'. Leonard Pritchard and
James Stanton see a bright future in drops of red wine bouncing off a pair
of khaki slacks. Pritchard and Stanton are co-founders of the Seattle
venture-capital firm Avogadro Partners. The partners are staking their
future on the "science of small" - micro- and nano-small, as in a millionth
and a billionth. Investment in small technology is already placing
ultra-stain-resistant pants on the shelves of stores such as Eddie Bauer and
the Bon March .
(Puget Sound Business Journal 11/18/02)

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
Nanotechnology Industries
Personal: http://www.nanogirl.com
Foresight Senior Associate http://www.foresight.org
Extropy member http://www.extropy.org

"Nanotechnology: Solutions for the future."

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