The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI) is a collaboration led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania. It is the first comprehensive model of its kind designed to facilitate the research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology’s real world applications.
The NTI's unique model is the first of its kind, bringing together academic and research institutions, corporate partners, private investors, government, and economic development organizations to harness the potential of this new scientific frontier.
The NTI's mission:
- Tto focus on the transfer of discoveries and intellectual knowledge in the area of nanotechnology from universities to industry partners and on the rapid application and commercialization of this technology to stimulate economic growth through:
- A Multi-Institutional/Inter-Disciplinary Research & Development to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of discoveries and intellectual knowledge that support rapid application of nanotechnology to the life sciences sector and the creation of new enterprises around this technology.
- A Comprehensive Approach requiring the strategic alignment of six programmatic areas: Industry-Focused Research & Development, Entrepreneurial Business Development & Commercialization, Risk Capital, Workforce Development, Economic Research, and Community of Interest Networks.