Networking and partnerships are surfacing as the clear way to a successful future. The private sector is realizing this at an accelerated pace as academic research funding increases while government regulations become more stringent.
Not to wait for academic or government support, some companies are turning to others with money they want to spend. Not all investors need to be rich however. Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects and is backed by investors willing to spare a few tens of dollars. Not to be underappreciated, some projects have raised upwards of a hundred thousand dollars.
To improve professional investor participation, Platinum Capital plans to launch two global nanotechnology indices. These two indices are designed to serve as benchmarks to capitalize on the fastest growing technology companies spanning the five global markets most impacted by nanotechnology: manufacturing, electronics, energy, avionics and environment.
There is a thin line between competitor and partner. The formation of the Facility 450 Consortium (F450C) at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first-of-its-kind partnership of ten leading nanoelectronics facility companies from around the world to center in New York, U.S.A. The current wafer technology is 300mm. The goal is to design and build the next-gen 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities. A private investment of $5 million and the creation of up to 150 high-tech jobs are expected. A further 1,500 jobs are promised with the Quad-C project (Computer Chip Commercialization Center) by the end of 2014. The 253,000 square-foot facility will include 56,000 square-feet of Class 1 cleanroom space.
Novati Technologies, with its roots at SEMATECH, has launched a nanofabrication center with a significant advantage over traditional foundries. The typical 25 elements from the periodic table has been expanded to 60 by Novati. Their doors are also open to academia and companies to allow access to equipment and expertise for more effective product development.
BioNano Genomics and the New York Genome Center (NYGC, non-profit) formed a strategic partnership that includes the purchase of an Irys™ System by NYGC. The goal is to accelerate commercial technology and ultimately improve human health through genomic sequencing technology.
RUSNANO (governmental) and the Russian Chemists Union (non-profit) are working together to bring nanotechnological advancements to the chemical industry.