Although nanotechnology is not a single industry in itself but a collection of multidisciplinary technology platforms with broad applications across many fields, creation of localized community networks dedicated to identification, development, and commercialization of nanotechnology inventions remains important to overall success of any region attempting to benefit from the tremendous economic potential of nanotechnology”.
Julian L. Zegelman, Esq., Director of Corporate Partnerships and Alliances, NanoBioNexus

This quote by Julian l. Zegelman shows the importance of corporations and companies for pursuing nanotechnology. 

Being a large technology with tremendous potential and applications, nanomedicine research is currently being pursued by many honored and prestigious individuals, groups, societies, institutions and organizations. Some noted innovators in this exciting field include:


  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering The NIBIB is the U.S’s official institute and one of the leading innovators in nanotechnology, as well as its applications in medicine. NIBIB is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH (National Health Institute). The mission of NIBIB is to “improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care” (Citation 11). NIBIB’s website can be accessed by clicking here.


  • National Institute of Health (NIH) Nanomedicine Common Fund – The NIH Common Fund is a program designed by the NIH to fund and support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs known collectively as the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research (Citation 12).  One of the current and ongoing Common Fund programs is the Nanomedicine Program. The program is named “NIH Roadmap Nanomedicine Initiative”. It is a national network of eight Nanomedicine Development Centers, which according to NIH “serve as the intellectual and technological centerpiece of the NIH Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative. These collaborative centers are staffed by multidisciplinary research teams including biologists, physicians, mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists(Citation 12). The Nanomedicine Common Fund has supported various universities and centers for research in nanomedicine, and these development centers have shown great results. The centers are located at the following places:


1.      Georgia Tech Research Corp.

2.      University of Cincinnati

3.      University of California, Los Angeles

4.      University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

5.      Baylor College of Medicine

6.      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champ

7.      University of California, San Francisco

8.      New York University


 Other innovators in nano-medicine include –

·   USF (University of South Florida) Nanomedicine Research Center



·    Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute – Center for Nanomedicine





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