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Posted: September 8, 2008
UK Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network reaches 2000 member milestone
(Nanowerk News) The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), the UK’s primary knowledge-based network for Micro and Nanotechnologies, today announced that it has exceeded 2000 registered national and international members, since being launched by the Technology Strategy Board in 2007.
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research across the UK. It offers companies innovating small-scale technologies with access to information on new processes, patents and funding, as well as keeping them up-to-date with UK policy and strategy. The NanoKTN works with its members to create networking opportunities and to identify, as well as bridge gaps, in the supply chain to drive successful commercial exploitation for UK nanotechnology innovators worldwide.
“The NanoKTN provides an extremely effective route to find new collaborators with complementary expertise. This is a particularly valuable service for new researchers as well as established researchers trying to break into a new territory,” explains NanoKTN member, Richard Thompson from Durham University.
NanoKTN members have access to a broad range of benefits and services. Its web portal provides cutting-edge collaborative tools, facilities and rapid access to follow-up support services. Focus groups and seminars offer a forum where industry, academia and government can interact and forge partnerships and collaborations. The NanoKTN also supports its members to identify and source funding for technology research, development and demonstration. In addition, all members receive free UK MNT Directory listings that enable companies to promote their capabilities, facilities, products and services.
In its first year, the NanoKTN has hosted and co-hosted over twenty successful events and focus groups including HiPerNano, a sector focus group to raise awareness and promote developments in nanomaterials for the high performance engineering industry, and NanoFinance, created to connect nanotechnology innovators, entrepreneurs and potential end-users with those interested in funding or investing in the market.
“The NanoKTN is a tremendous national resource and it is now beginning to rapidly develop the marketplace,” says the Director of the NanoKTN, Alec Reader. “Reaching the 2000 member milestone is a great achievement for the NanoKTN. It is evidence to the fact that the nanotechnology industry in the UK is growing quickly and that those who work in this field are eager to see a central point of contact established. We look forward to welcoming more members.”
For information about joining the NanoKTN please visit www.nanoktn.com .
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.
About Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs)
Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) are national networks in specific fields of technology or business application, which bring together people from businesses, universities, research, finance, the public sector and technology organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge exchange.
Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, their activities play an increasingly important role in the development of the Government's technology strategy, and help to feed and drive the Collaborative Research & Development Programme and other innovation interventions. There are currently 24 KTNs with a total membership of about 25,000 people.
For further information please see www.ktnetworks.co.uk
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was established by One NorthEast as a UK wide resource to stimulate and drive innovation within the Process Industry. Working with global industry partners and leading research universities CPI is committed to delivering world-class, groundbreaking applied research and development.
About The Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org ) is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.