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Posted: November 20, 2007
ENTA Chief Executive, Del Stark, has been named as a finalist for the Advocate of the Year award by (...)
(Nanowerk News) The annual ‘Best of Small Tech’ awards, announced last week, recognize the year’s most outstanding leaders and achievements in the area of nanotechnology, MEMS and Microsystems.
Stark has led ENTA – the European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance – since its inception in 2005, helping to form bridges between government, science and industry policy makers and businesses to help progress the field of nanotechnology.
“This is exciting news for ENTA”, says Stark. “As the independent voice for industry, ENTA continually interfaces with the public, the media, government offices and bodies actively involved in determining regulatory framework. We promote the countless benefits of nanotechnology while supporting all actions that ensure new nanotechnologies are developed in a safe and responsible manner.”
Although nanotechnologies have been under development for many years it is only relatively recently that the issues behind the science have risen up the political and news agenda, in differing degrees across member states.
“We are entering a vital period in shaping the future development and application of nanotechnologies,” Stark says. “It’s an excellent time to get involved with ENTA.“
ENTA was created in 2005 to represent the interests of nanotechnology businesses across Europe. ENTA acts to bridge gaps between governments, science and industry policy makers and business and openly interface with the public and watchdog organizations to ensure transparency. ENTA also offers an integrated programme aimed at promoting the benefits of nanotechnology and mitigating regulatory and reputational risk for the whole industry and supporting all actions that ensure new nanotechnologies are developed in a safe and responsible manner.
ENTA has over 50 members represented in 12 European member states and continues to grow. A variety of companies are members including large multinationals such as ABB Corporate research, ICI, Shell (via Kenda Capital), Solvay, and WBB Minerals and SMEs such as nanoTox BV, CEMMNT, Capsulation Nanosciences, Exilica, Fluidinova, Metal Nano Powders, NanoCover Scandinavia A/S, Nanogap, NanoMedics, Nanopeutics, Nanosight and nextnano3.
ENTA runs regular nanotechnology policy meetings for industrial companies to discuss issues related to standards, public perception, communication, risks, environmental impact and responsible nanotechnology development.
ENTA also co-ordinates the NanoMicroClub which is a network across Europe which meets regularly to stimulate nanotechnology commercialization. NanoMicroClub meetings showcase start-up and spin-out companies in the nano and micro technology sector and allows them to meet business advisors, corporate companies, and technology end users who are interested in finding out about the latest nanotech activity within SME's and the research base.
ENTA is a member of the CEN/TC 352 Nanotechnoloiges committee and has also recently joined the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. ENTA is a member of the newly established NanoForum EIGG.
About the Awards:
This is the sixth year of the prestigious Small Times Best of Small Tech Awards. The awards honor accomplishments between July 1, 2006 and July 1, 2007. Judging was done by the Small Times staff and a distinguished group of individuals with expertise in key areas.