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2014 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan

This document updates and replaces the prior NNI Strategic Plan released in February of 2011. As called for in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153, 15 USC 7501), the NNI Strategic Plan describes the NNI vision and goals and the strategies by which these goals are to be achieved, including specific objectives within each of the goals. Also as called ...

A Changing Environment: Are Firms Shifting Attention to Regulation of Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is a revolutionary new technology that is still in its early experimental stages of development. With little or no regulatory constraints, labeling requirements or scientific protocol, companies have inserted more than 800 products incorporating nanoscale materials onto the consumer market. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists are warning that not enough is known ...

A Mirror of Social Development: Industry decisions regarding new technologies

This study examines how organizations manage risks presented by new technologies and the impact the institutional environment has on this governance process. Micro and nanotechnology research and development (R&D) presents an important case in which to study the influence of institutional environments on organizations. Our survey addresses the perspectives and actions firms take to address the ...

Advanced Manufacturing - Providing the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Growth

Following up on recent announcements regarding the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and the Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing released last June by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), this week the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has released a new National Strategic Plan for Advanced ...

Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA: A Strategic Plan

The core responsibility of FDA is to protect consumers by applying the best possible science to its regulatory activities from pre-market review of efficacy and safety to post-market product surveillance to review of product quality. FDA has developed a strategic plan for regulatory science, the science of developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, ...

Advancing the Science of Science and Innovation Policy: Current Approach and Next Steps

The U.S. scientific enterprise is often cited as being a critical factor contributing to the creation of high wage jobs and firm competitiveness. Yet our scientific understanding of the functioning of the scientific enterprise is extremely limited, which in turns limits our understanding of the consequences of different policy interventions. The Science of Science & Innovation Policy program at ...

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 H.R. 5116

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 or America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 - Title I: Office of Science and Technology Policy - (Sec. 101) Requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to establish a committee under the National Science and Technology Council, ...

Anticipatory Constructive Engagement at the State Level

The prospects of nanotechnology, (both bright and dark), have stimulated interest at state government levels, primarily relating to the promise of economic development opportunities, but also to potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) harms. This talk will describe the Safe Development approach in Massachusetts, which posits strong EHS protection and preventive design as good for ...

Assuring the Safety of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging: The Regulatory Process and Key Issues

A joint initiative of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, this report provides "an initial roadmap through the regulatory process and insights into industry stewardship efforts for a new generation of nano-enabled food packaging applications."

Commercialization of Emergent Nanomanufacturing Platforms: Establishing Synergies and Roadmaps

A critical dimension of nanomanufacturing is how to address the numerous technological, economic, and regulatory challenges for scaling nanoscience developments in the research laboratory into commercializable, valueadded market products. Various approaches have proven effective in fostering such transitions, including corporate and venture investments, industry consortia collaborations, ...

Constructing Frameworks for Policymaking Panel Discussion

Question and answer period for the panel "Constructing Frameworks for Policymaking" with: Terry L. Medley, Global Director of Corporate Regulatory Affairs, DuPont - "Policy Guidance: Collaborations for the Responsible Development of Nanoscale Materials"; Timothy Malloy, Professor of Law, UCLA - "Whats the Problem with Nanotechnology?"; Jordan Paradise, Associate Professor of Law, ...

Developing Oversight for Nanobiotechnology: Human Drugs and Medical Devices

The ability to utilize and control atoms and molecules at the nanoscale has catalyzed the emerging field of nanomedicine -- the application of nanotechnology to health and medicine. Nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology have the potential to provide tools for in vitro and in vivo diagnostics for much earlier detection of disease; facilitate targeted drug delivery and regenerative medical ...

EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century

This paper focuses on the need for an oversight system for nanotechnology that will identify any potential adverse health or environmental effects of the technology and prevent them from occurring. It analyzes the steps that must be taken to create such a system, particularly emphasizing the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Effectively Managing the Risks of Nanomaterials: Present Status and Future Challenges

Nanomaterials represent the building blocks of nanotechnology-enabled products and applications encompassing a broad range of substances and structures having features in the 1-100 nanometer range. Nanomaterials are of significant interest as they exhibit enhanced physical, chemical and electronic properties in comparison to their bulk counterparts. They can impact a range of applications ...

Federal Government Policy Principles on Nanotechnology: Balancing Regulation and Oversight with Commercialization to Realize Full Potential

As the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation considers a reauthorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Space and Science Subcommittee convened a hearing this month to examine the potential of nanotechnology. With Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) chairing the hearing, expert testimony was provided by a panel that included Dr. Chad Mirkin, Director, ...

Global Engagement on Nano EHS: Role of the OECD in International Governance

This presentation discusses how an international venue, originating within the chemicals governance community, by addressing nanotechnology as evolved into a forward-looking forum for addressing the implications of emerging technology. The different approaches of the European Union and the United States in managing chemicals under REACH and TSCA have received considerable attention elsewhere and ...

Green Nanotechnology: It's Easier Than You Think

Green nanotechnology can proactively influence the design of nanomaterials and products by eliminating or minimizing pollution from the production of nanomaterials, taking a life cycle approach to nanoproducts to estimate and mitigate where environmental impacts might occur in the product chain, designing toxicity out of nanomaterials and using nanomaterials to treat or remediate existing ...

International and Federal Policy Emergence Panel Discussion

Question and answer period for the panel, "International and Federal Policy Emergence" with: Jeff Morris, National Program Director for Nanotechnology, US Environmental Protection Agency - "Global Engagement on Nano EHS: Role of the OECD in International Governance"; Charles L. Geraci, Jr., Coordinator, Nanotechnology Research Center, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ...

Manufacturing Challenges and Innovations: NNN Testimony on Capitol Hill

The federal government is presently considering approaches to bolster its role in supportinginnovations in future manufacturing industries within the U.S. This month, Mark Tuominen, Director of the National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN), along with industry colleagues, provided expert testimony to the House Science and Technology Committee at a hearing on the role of the federal government in ...

Manufacturing at the Nanoscale

Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop 2002-2004

NGO Perspectives on Emerging Nanotechnology Oversight and Regulation - Panel Discussion

Question and answer period among: Rick Reibstein, Environmental Analyst and Policy and Outreach Manager, Office of Technology Assistance, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs - "Anticipatory Constructive Engagement at the State Level" Richard Sclove, Founder and Senior Fellow, The Loka Institute - "Reinventing Technology Assessment in the U.S." J. Clarence Davies, ...

Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009

We'd like to thank all of our participants and attendees for making the first Nanomanufacturing Summit a successful event! The Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009 held in Boston from May 27 to 29 brought together experts in the field of and nanomanufacturing and highlighted innovative academic, government and industry research, successful commercialization strategies, and challenges and approaches for ...

Nanomanufacturing Summit 2011 Provides Focus on Commercialization, Manufacturing Innovations, and Emerging Research

The Nanomanufacturing Summit 2011, held this past week in Boston, provided some high level discussions with focus on, amongst other topics, nanotechnology commercialization, translational research emerging from academic research centers, and manufacturing innovations. In the first event wherein the NNN has teamed with the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, key topics also included ...

Nanomanufacturing: Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health

The forum's participants described nanomanufacturing as a future megatrend that will potentially match or surpass the digital revolution's effect on society and the economy. They anticipated further scientific breakthroughs that will fuel new engineering developments; continued movement into the manufacturing sector; and more intense international competition. Although limited data on ...

Nanomanufacturing: path to implementing nanotechnology

Research and development work in nanoscience and nanotechnology has generated new fundamental understanding of physical phenomena and material behaviour at the nano-scale. This knowledge has resulted in discoveries of new materials, structures and devices. It is believed that these basic research investments should now lead to new products and applications. The general feeling is that ...

Nanomaterials Regulations: Balancing Insight with Oversight

The field of nanotechnology in generaland nanomanufacturing processes and nanomanufactured materials in particularpresent a new regulatory paradigm for commercial sectors, academics, and government oversight and funding agencies alike. In essense, how do we responsibly maintain the critical balance between the necessity of regulatory oversight and the industry of scientific innovation? ...

Nanomaterials, Informatics Included in Food and Drug Administration's Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science

Tasked with the core responsibility of protecting and promoting the health and safety of Americans through enhancing the availability of safe medical products and foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a document titled Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA: A Strategic Plan. Central to FDA's responsibilities is advancing the public health by expediting innovations ...

Nanotechnology Innovation--Two Aspects

In this talk, Dr. Kesan will discuss the challenges and issues posed by nanotechnology innovation for patent policy and for granting patent rights commensurate with innovation. Second, he will discuss how the insights from value-sensitive design can be applied to vindicate societal choices and preferences in emerging nanotechnologies.

Nanotechnology and Life Cycle Assessment: A Systems Approach

[Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)] can be used to evaluate how a product or materialfrom the start of production through end-of-lifeaffects ecosystems and human health. LCA is already widely used internationally by scientists, engineers, and product designers in universities and businesses. If applied in the nanotechnology realm, the tool has the potential to guide researchers, policymakers, and ...

Nanotechnology and Worker Risk: Whos At the Controls?

Nanotechnology is predicted to improve many aspects of human life. By 2015, it is estimated to represent $3.1 trillion in manufactured goods. Data is emerging that exposure to nanomaterials may pose a health risk to workers. If the economic promise of nanotechnology is to be achieved, ways need to be found to protect nanotechnology workers now. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gave ...

Nanotechnology and the Future of Federal Environmental Regulation

The problems of regulatory oversight for nanotechnology are primarily problems with the U.S. regulatory system as a whole, not problems unique to nano. Also, nanotechnology is a harbinger of the environmental agenda of the future. The existing federal environmental regulatory system has become so weak as to be almost irrelevant. The four major regulatory agencies (EPA, FDA, OSHA, and CPSC) are ...

Nanotechnology, Development and Public Policy

In this talk, Dr. Armstrong will discuss five points to think about in regards to Nanotechnology when dealing with development and public policy issues. Dr. Armstrong focuses on the vagueness of the term nanotechnology, the abstract nature in which it is conceptualized and what level of abstraction would be appropriate when conceptualizing it.

Nanotechnology: The Social and Ethical Issues

Recent action in Congress to reauthorize the U.S. federal nanotechnology research program offers the chance to address the social and ethical issues concerning the emerging scientific field, experts say. It is crucial to address social and ethical issues now as we consider both the substantial potential risks of nanotechnology and its possible significant contributions to our well-being and ...

New Challenges Face Nanotechnology Investments to Simultaneously Stimulate Research and Innovation

At a time when both public and private stakeholders are evaluating the impact of the last decades' investments in nanotechnology research and development, numerous indicators provide a positive outlook for both short and long term strategies for future investments. The indicators and data providing a positive outlook for increased future opportunities are predominantly derived from the recent ...

Next Generation Nanotechnology Infrastructure Looking to Broaden Base

As the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) approaches the end of its initial 10 year term, it has clearly supported and catalyzed the growth of nanotechnology-enabled products. The NNIN user facilities have provided a key national resource where academic and industry researchers are able to access a wide range of state of the art fabrication processes and equipment to ...

PCAST Recommendations Set the Stage for a National Nanomanufacturing Roadmap for the Next Decade

The recent Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) included several key recommendations that will lay the groundwork for establishing a National Nanomanufacturing Roadmap. Also: University of California, San Francisco Publishes Draft Nanotechnology Regulatory Policy Recommendations; New England Nanomanufacturing ...

Policy Guidance: Collaborations for the Responsible Development of Nanoscale Materials

Meeting the challenges of an emerging technology requires collaboration among government, public/private sector and other stakeholders. This applies to both technology innovation as well as regulatory oversight/governance. This presentation will focus on the relative roles of public, private and non-profit actors in the provision of policy guidance. In this regard, I will discuss an example of ...

Public and Private Partnerships Play a Critical Role in Nanotech Commercialization

A discussion of the varous federal efforts to establish an infrastructure for the commercialization of advanced products.

Re-thinking scientific teams: competition, conflict and collaboration

In this talk, Dr. Gadlin will discuss the organizational barriers and breakdown of collaboration in the scientific community while focusing on recurring themes in collaborative disputes. He then presents means for resolving and responding to conflict confidentially through dispute resolution programs and pre-nuptial agreements between collaborators.

Regulating the Products of Nanotechnology

An examination of the FDA's ability to regulate products containing nanotechnology

Report to the President and Congress on the Third Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative

In this report, PCAST, serving in its role as the NNAP, assessed the effectiveness of the NNI over the past two years and since its inception. PCASTs observations, conclusions, and recommendations presented here are based on the analysis of its 2010 NNI Working Group, consisting of 3 PCAST members and 12 additional nongovernmental experts in nanotechnology. The Working Groups deliberations were ...

Research and Development Leading to a Revolution in Technology and Industry

Supplement to the President's FY2008 Budget (2007).

Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related EHS Research

This report describes the NNI strategy for prioritizing research on the environmental health and safety aspects of nanomaterials that have been identified in previous NNI reports.

Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology: Synthesis Report

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United States National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) held an international symposium, Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology, in March 2012. Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, it brought together participants from the public and private sectors with ...

Under Construction: What are the Roads to Policy?

The very existence of this workshop suggests that the hazards of nanotechnology are a social problem in need of resolution. The definition of this problem, its scope and the right solution are all matters of social construction. Various participants in business, government, non-governmental organizations and academia are engaged in competitive claims-making in an effort to frame the problem and ...

What! EPA is Regulating Me? Approaches to Managing Industrial Nanoscale Materials

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulates the manufacture and use of industrial chemicals to control potential unreasonable risks to human health and the environment from the workplace to the consumer. Identifying the implications and avoiding additional unintended consequences of nanoscale materials (NMs) is challenging, ...

Where Does The Nano Go

An analysis of two key EPA laws regulating the end-of-life management of nanotechnology

Why Managing Research is not Managing Science

These are presentation slides for Dr. Rejeski's talk at the Nano and Society Workshop. In his talk, Dr. Rejeski discusses the increase and penetration of new nano products into the market and how this is a measure of its success. He then addresses the need for responsibility and education to address the publics desire for full-disclosure, pre-market testing, and third-party testing and ...