Event to highlight impact of nanotechnology on medical device design

Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces first industry round table discussion

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has announced details of its first event focused on the impact that nanotechnology is having on the manufacture of medical devices.

The Nanotechnology in Medical Devices Event will be a half-day round table discussion held at London’s Brunel University on 24 January.

It follows the launch in early 2012 of the Nanotechnology in Medical Devices (NiMeD) focus group aimed at researchers and manufacturers of medical devices, with the purpose of capturing and addressing all issues surrounding the development of medical devices using nanotechnologies.

Held in collaboration with eSTI2, the UKCRC translational infection research initiative consortium, the event aims to highlight the impact of nanotechnology on medical device development, and to learn and elicit unmet needs through discussion.

It is aimed at all those wanting to learn more about the significant role that nanotechnology can play in medical device manufacture and will bring together companies and academics actively developing and utilising nanotechnology in medical devices.

During the discussion, delegates will review the current market and hear three case studies as well as take part in a debate on needs and create a road-map for moving the NiMeD focus group forward. The event will conclude with a networking drinks reception sponsored by eSTI2. Confirmed speakers include eSTI2 , Brunel University, Imperial College London, Cambridge Consultants and Vivacta.

Dr Felicity Sartain, theme manager for healthcare and life sciences at the NanoKTN, said: “We hope the first NiMeD event will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to hear new ideas, network with peers and meet technology providers.

“The UK is a significant player in the medical device industry and we have already seen the huge impact that nanotechnology is delivering, such as increasing device life and improving integration with the body. In addition, with the growing use of miniaturisation technology from the semiconductor manufacturing world, we are now seeing truly life-changing nanotechnology innovations for the aging population.

“This is a very exciting area of development and through these events we hope to raise awareness of consumer and market needs and to accelerate the commercialisation of these new technological developments.”

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