Nanotechnology group welcomes UK government strategy
25 March 2010
The Secretariat of the UK Nanotechnology Mini-Innovation and
Growth Team (Mini-IGT) has welcomed the publication of the UK
Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great Opportunities .
The strategy follows a recent report submitted to Government earlier
this year by the Nanotechnology Mini-IGT, detailing recommendations
for the further success of nanotechnology in the UK.
In January, the Nanotechnology Mini-IGT, comprising four
knowledge transfer networks (KTNs) — Nanotechnology, Materials,
Chemistry Innovation and Sensors and Instrumentation, considered
where the UK sits in terms of investment in comparison with
competitors and reviewed the UK’s capability to exploit
nanotechnologies given the organisations and funding bodies
currently in place. The report entitled Nanotechnology: a UK
Industry View provided a strategic approach in support of the
commercialisation of nanotechnology based products in the UK.
The Nanotechnology Mini-IGT made a number of recommendations in
the areas of policy and regulation, funding, skills and engagement
and the Secretariat of the Nanotechnology Mini-IGT is pleased to
note that the Government has taken account of these recommendations
in the UK Strategy.
In response to the report, the Nanotechnology Leadership Group
will be established, and will be chaired by a BIS Minister. This
group is welcomed together with the proposed continuation of the
inter KTN Nanotechnology Mini-IGT Group, through the formation of a
Nanotechnology Special Interest Group that will ensure continued
industrial engagement through the implementation process.
The inter KTN Group will work alongside Government departments
and agencies on the implementation of the UK Nanotechnologies
Strategy via various funding mechanisms to ensure safe and
responsible nanotechnology enabled products are being exploited to
underpin economic growth in the UK.
UK Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great
Opportunities, can be downloaded from: