providers of unique nanoparticle characterisation technology, attended the fourth
annual UK NanoForum + Emerging Technologies conference and exhibition which
brought together over 100 senior international delegates and 350 UK delegates
to network and identify potential business and collaboration opportunities in
the world of nanotechnology.
Bob Carr talking at the 2009 UK NanoForum
A highlight of the meeting was the second annual Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
competition recognising the top three innovative organisations from the UK’s
emerging technologies community. Salisbury-based company, NanoSight, was named
in the final short list of six companies for the 2009 Business Innovation Awards.
These are given in three categories: life sciences & healthcare, energy
& environment and materials & devices.
This position puts NanoSight at the forefront of the UK’s most successful
nanotechnology companies. It has achieved this through successful proof of technology
and resultant sales of more than 200 systems to industry and academia worldwide
in just three years since shipments began.
This is interesting to report when so much has been promised for the future
of nanotechnology since the Royal Society published its report on “Nanoscience
and nanotechnologies; opportunities and uncertainties” back in 2004. Five
years on, in July this year, the Responsible NanoForum presented a new report,
“A beacon or just a landmark?” It concluded how little substantive
progress has been made.
Against this general lack of progress, NanoSight stands out as an exception.
Speaking at the NanoForum, NanoSight founder and chief technical officer, Dr
Bob Carr, recalled how the world has progressed and has embraced the work of
NanoSight. Talking about his experiences at NanoStrand in Paris, 2006, Carr
said “we were a lost voice saying we can help. Now, speaking again to
nanotechnology leaders, I have been proved right based on our years of application-focused
developments and an established user base. Our position is now one of being
able to contribute to filling some of the gaps in nanometrology right now.”
NanoSight is actively collaborating with the National Physical Laboratory who
are assessing NanoSight’s capability to visualize and report on the characterization
of nanoparticles in liquids. Carr adds “we anticipate a supportive report
from NPL, after an intensive 6-month review of NanoSight's capability”.
This underscores the fundamental statements of Lord Kelvin made in May 1883
to the Institution of Civil Engineers. Kelvin asserted that “to measure
is to know” and “if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.”
Finally, he said “and when you can measure what you are speaking about
and express it in numbers, you know something about it.”
To learn more about NanoSight and their nanoparticle characterisation technology,
please visit www.nanosight.com
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