The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), has hosted a ‘Miniaturisation in Healthcare Products’ event, which explored the current applications of micro and nanotechnology in healthcare products and the funding opportunities available for their commercialisation.

The advances in the semiconductor industry have created manufacturing methods that translate across to the medical device industry, enabling the production of more robust, integrated devices that require lower power and are less invasive to the patient.

Presentations featured successful case studies and state-of-the-art academic research from key professionals. The Technology Strategy Board also discussed the Nanoscale Technology Enabled Healthcare call which opened on 1st November and is providing £9 million of TSB-EPSRC funding for innovative projects across UK industry and academia.

“The field of medical science is developing rapidly and nanotechnology is helping to solve some of the industry’s most significant challenges. In order for commercialisation to be seen, and the UK industry to benefit and grow, we need to ensure we have a solid supply chain.

“This event has encouraged involvement in the market ahead of the TSB call for grant funding in this area,” said Dr Mike Fisher, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.