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Genetic Engineering News Reports on Advances in Nanobiotechnology FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2003 3:00 PM - BusinessWire
LARCHMONT, N.Y., Sep 5, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nanobiotech companies are developing miniaturized components that could revolutionize medical implants, ophthalmic surgery tools, cell manipulators, and nanofluidics, reports Genetic Engineering News (GEN; www.genengnews.com). Some firms are manufacturing nanotech systems for homeland security and other applications in national defense, according to two related articles in the September issue of GEN.
"Nanotech received a huge boost with the introduction of the atomic force microscope in the late 1980s because this allowed scientists to take measurements at the atomic level," says John Sterling, editor-in-chief of GEN. "Now, with the increasing importance of semiconductors and computers in biological research and with the leading roles played by physical scientists at nanobiotech companies, the field has really begun to take off."
An example of the merging of physics and biology can be seen in the case of BioTrove (Woburn, MA). Working with Pfizer (PFE) , BioTrove put together an ultrahigh-throughput mass spectrometry system that allows the user to perform mass spectrometry on nanoliter samples.
Another prime application for nanotech is biosensors. In Australia, Ambri Biosensor (ASX:ABI) has created a sensor out of a biological system called "ion channels," which play a key role in new drug discovery and development." The company's Ion Channel Switch technology is a self-assembling synthetic biomembrane with an ion channel in it. It can detect the presence of specific molecules and signal their presence by triggering an electrical current. Ambri has incorporated this technology into a system that has the potential to detect and measure drugs, hormones, viruses, and bacteria in less than five minutes.
Cytoplex Biosciences, a Carrolton, TX-based company, is also developing biosensors based on ion channels. The firm is creating nanoengineered material surfaces and devices have wide applications in cell based assays, diagnostics, drug delivery, and biomaterials.
"The U.S. Government is well aware of the importance of this emerging field," notes Sterling. "In May, the House and Senate voted to approve over $2 billion over the next three years for R&D in nanotechnology."
Such support helps fuel the activities of companies like Nanosys (Palo Alto, CA), which just signed an agreement with SAIC (McLean, VA), a research and engineering company. SAIC will fund selected R&D projects at Nanosys to develop nanotechnology enabled systems for defense and related government programs.
Other companies discussed in the GEN nanobiotechnology articles include Evident Technologies (Troy, NY), Agilent Technologies (A) , Nanostream (Pasadena, CA), Agie (Losone, Switzerland), Mecartex (Losone), Concentris (Basel), IBM (IBM) , eSpin Technologies (Chattanooga, TN), Nanogen (NGEN) , Nanoworld (Neuchatel, Switzerland), Zeptosens (Witterswil, Switzerland), Novartis (NVS) , and Qiagen (QGENF) .
Genetic Engineering News is published 21 times a year by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. For a copy of the magazine, please call 914-834-3100, ext. 623, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irgendwie sieht mir das doch so aus, als ob die 8$ erstmal zu schwierig sind(Gefahr eines Doppeltops). Im Langfristdepot bleiben sie drin und ich hoffe auf eine günstige Nachkaufsgelegenheit(Ich denke so um die 6$).
Die Marktkap. sehr klein noch, hier wird sich stetig eingedeckt! Nanopierce könnte mal eine führende Marktposition erreichen laut Analysten! Kenne wenig Aktien die einen solchen Bekanntheitgrad haben und noch so billig sind! Sollte Nanopierce es schaffen, gehts schnell rauf.
Nanogen Announces Private Placement of Common Stock and Warrants Thursday September 18, 8:00 am ET
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN - News), a leading provider of molecular diagnostics, announced today it has signed agreements to sell common stock and warrants to several accredited investors for aggregate potential gross proceeds of approximately $16 million. In the initial closing, Nanogen will receive $7 million in gross proceeds through the sale of 2,121,211 newly issued shares of its common stock at a price of $3.30 per share, which is based on a negotiated discount from the average of the closing prices for the five trading days ended September 16, 2003. The investors will also receive five-year warrants to purchase 424,243 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $4.75 per share, twelve-month warrants to purchase 530,305 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $4.75 per share, and six-month warrants to purchase 1,103,032 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $4.14 per share. Subject to customary closing conditions, the financing is scheduled to close on or about Friday, September 19, 2003. Seven Hills Partners LLC acted as exclusive placement agent to Nanogen for this financing.
"This financing further strengthens our balance sheet and provides additional capital for the ongoing development of our technology and products for the molecular diagnostic market," said Howard Birndorf, chairman and CEO of Nanogen. "We are pleased to conclude a financing that also may provide significant additional capital over the next year."
Kurzfristig belastend, aber andererseits ist erstmal wieder genug Cash vorhanden.
Nanophase Technologies Announces Commercial Availability of Nanocrystalline Copper Oxide Thursday September 18, 12:25 pm ET
ROMEOVILLE, Ill., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX - News), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered product solutions, announces commercial availability of copper oxide nanomaterials. The new copper oxide is produced using NanoArc(TM) Synthesis technology, the Company's most advanced nanomaterials manufacturing process, and is available in mean particle size ranges from 20-50 nanometers, either as nanoparticles or nanoparticle dispersions.
Nanosized copper oxide has a variety of uses as an industrial antimicrobial and antifungal agent that remains active for very long periods of time, even in harsh environments, and can be readily incorporated into specialty polymers and materials to impart extended antimicrobial character. Key applications that are envisioned for the new product include wood preservation, marine antifouling coatings, incorporation into various plastics and fibers and use as an additive in a variety of coatings formulations. Other applications for copper oxide include optical glass polishing agents, additives for ceramics processing and colorants and pigments for various materials
Dr. Ed Ludwig, Nanophase's Vice President of Business Development, stated, "We have again been able to demonstrate the versatility of our NanoArc® Synthesis technology commercially, and are very excited about our capability to commercially produce and supply copper oxide nanoparticles. In parallel, Nanophase continues to produce zinc oxide doped with copper, silver and other metal oxides via our Physical Vapor Synthesis technology for personal care and antimicrobial applications. The introduction of copper oxide is another example of the use of nanotechnology to provide solutions in important applications in mainstay industries. Nanoparticles can be imbedded in materials or contained in formulations to impart permanent bacteriastat properties with little effect on physical properties."
"We have had several requests for nanocrystalline copper oxide for specific applications with potential customers," stated Joseph Cross, Nanophase's president and CEO. "We have been co-developing applications in at least two distinct markets for some time and it is now prudent to commercialize the process under the Company's ISO criteria. We are optimistic on market opportunities for this material."
Nanophase's copper oxide consists of non-porous, dense, discrete, homogeneous crystals that are commercially produced at the company's facility in Romeoville, Illinois. Nanophase has annual commercial production capability for copper oxide and other nanomaterials in the metric tons range and offers these nanostructured materials as nanopowders and as standard and customized dispersions using its patent pending dispersion technologies. All of Nanophase's nanoengineered products are manufactured under the Company's cGMP and ISO-9001: 2000 quality system.
Just how big has nanotechnology been for our subscribers? The "nanotech basket" is up an average of 76.18% in less than three months. The SmallCap MarketWatch first introduced six companies in this sector to readersin our June 17th edition titled The Big View On Nanotechnology. Five of the six stocks are up over 45% with the only under performer posting gains of 19.47%.
In the past few weeks we have seen the momentum money chasing nanotech stocks. We are extremely pleased to have been ahead of the curve on this sector. Due diligence pays off and the results is a basket of stocks that is up 76.18% in less than three months.
On Monday we released part one of our "Buyout Basket" (Buyout Basket Part I) which consists of companies that are likely acquisition candidates. Keynote Systems (KEYN) and Traffix (TRFX) are the first two stocks mentioned. We will be releasing the names of additional companies in this weekend's edition. It is a bit premature but the two are up 8.25% and 7.3% since our edition on Monday. This is not a bad way to start a basket.
The Buzz At BlueFly
Today, Bluefly (BFLY) finally broke out of its May high of $1.66 per share hitting an intraday high of $1.69. Shares are currently trading at $1.64 which is 56% higher than when we introduced the company to our readers in the very popular Billionaire & His Bluefly edition.
Volume has been higher than normal and the stock has moved up nicely. We've received lots of emails from readers asking if George Soros will be funding the company anytime soon. We gave our prediction in a past edition (Bluefly Bursts To The Upside). This year the three Soros financing announcements were made on March 14, May 22, and July 17. We can estimate from this schedule that another press release could happen pretty soon.
7:25AM STMicroelectronics to apply nanotechnology in developing solar cell technologies (STM) 24.96: Co releases details of an advanced research program that it hopes will substantially reduce the cost of generating electricity from solar power. The research team, based in Italy, is focusing on applying ST's expertise in nanotechnology to the development of new solar cell technologies that will eventually be able to compete commercially with conventional electricity generation methods such as burning fossil fuels or nuclear reactors.
Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered product solutions, announced that the Company plans to release earnings for the third quarter of 2003 on October 22, 2003 at approximately 3:30 PM CDT, 4:30 PM EDT. Nanophase has scheduled its normal quarterly conference call for October 23, 2003, at 10:00 CDT. Shortanteil steigt
: Deutsche U.C.A hält Nanotechbeteiligungen ..
u.a 20 % an einem Nanotechbasket aus 10 ! Nanofirmen , + 20 % an einer Nanotechfirma , + 26 Mill Cash (incl. Wertpapiere ) + keine Schulden ...+ Börsenbeteiligung
Kommt von 120 Euro, jetzt für 2,90 zu haben ... JETZT wird man mit der gigantischen Liquidität auf Einkaufstour gehen ...und sich an den besten billigen Hightechstartups ( die momentan kein Cash von den Banken bekommen ) beteiligen .....
VC-Markt erholt sich nur zögerlich - kein geplanter Börsengang oder Übernahme einer Nanofirma bekannt. Trotzdem ist man verhalten optimistisch angesichts der Chancen und Perspektiven die die Technologie bietet...
Press Release Source: Harris & Harris Group, Inc.
Harris & Harris Group Reports Net Asset Value of $2.11 Per Share as of September 30, 2003 Wednesday October 15, 5:33 pm ET
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2003--Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS SYMBOL: TINY - News) announced today that at September 30, 2003, its unaudited net asset value and net asset value per share (NAV) were $24,225,912 and $2.11, respectively.
Valuations of venture capital deals remain subdued, and the pace of investment by the venture capital industry as a whole has picked up only slightly from depressed levels, despite the recovery in the stock market. There continue to be ample venture capital investment opportunities in tiny technology. Although some deals are oversubscribed, venture capital in general, including tiny technology, remains, in our view, essentially a buyer's market. Because tiny technology enables so many different applications, it is difficult to generalize about the field. But in nanotechnology in particular, there is growing government and private funding of research and development, and there are continual scientific, technological and commercial developments. Notwithstanding all of this constructive activity, we are unaware of any privately held tiny technology companies that are currently preparing initial public offerings or that are negotiating to be purchased by larger corporations.
Ersten Teil bei 7,10$ zurückgekauft - nächstes Kauflimit 6$.
: Upps - TINY Seite an Seite mit CIA und Air Force..
Harris & Harris Group Notes Two New Nanosys Partnerships Monday October 20, 9:48 am ET
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 20, 2003--Nanosys, Inc. (www.nanosysinc.com) announced today that it has entered into two new commercial partnerships. The first partnership is the launch of Phase I of a potential $7.2 million joint development project supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with partners Sciperio Inc., the University of Texas at Dallas and Penn State University. The contract, managed through the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), is for the development of a new semiconductor technology for the fabrication of high-performance, large-area electronic systems on flexible substrates. The second partnership is a multi-million dollar strategic development deal with In-Q-Tel, a private non-profit group funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Harris & Harris Group has invested $1,500,000 in Nanosys, Inc., its largest investment in a tiny-technology company to date. Nanosys is a rapidly growing advanced technology company focused on the development of nano-enabled systems. These systems incorporate novel and patent-protected nanostructures that integrate functional complexity directly into each individual nanoparticle, enabling the low-cost fabrication of high-value, high-performance applications in a broad range of industries.
Investor's Business Daily Nanotechnology Could Play Big Role In Fighting Terror Tuesday October 21, 10:21 am ET By Doug Tsuruoka
There's nothing like a father-son team.
Tech entrepreneur Dan Ratner got together with his scientist dad,Mark Ratner, to write "Nanotechnology and Homeland Security: New Weapons for New Wars," to be released this month by publisher Prentice Hall.
Mark Ratner is a noted nanotech researcher who pioneered using individual molecules as electronic circuits at Northwestern University. Dan Ratner helped run a car sales Web site and co-founded a networking company before age 30.
Their thesis is that nanotechnology, most simply defined as the science of building devices no bigger than a molecule, will play a big role in protecting the U.S. against terror attacks.
Dan Ratner recently spoke with IBD about the book's issues.
IBD: Will nanotech soon play a role in homeland security?
Ratner: Absolutely. Many nano devices are already being used. Others are no more than 10 years out.
The first thing on the list is a variety of sensors that can detect anything from explosives to bioterror agents. Currently, there are no fool-proof tests for detecting explosives. Many types of bombs terrorists use in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can bypass (existing) tests.
IBD: How can nanotech help?
Ratner: It's possible to build nanotech sensors that can sense dangerous chemical and germ agents. These can be 100,000 times more accurate than other tests because they use molecular matching systems to identify substances.
IBD: Can you give examples?
Ratner: One nanotech sensor that already exists uses DNA as its sensing media. The device searches for "hostile" DNA carried by various biowar agents. You can make a library of all the strains of anthrax and smallpox and build it on a chip. You can do the same thing with molecules in order to sense chemical reactions to look for poisonous agents like nerve gas and sarin.
IBD: So you could have bio- or chemical-sensor chips?
Ratner: Yes. These chips also could be used to test for genetic factors that make someone susceptible to cancer. The government and many companies are already onto this stuff.
IBD: What are other areas where nanotech can be used for homeland security?
Ratner: The next area is materials. There are already nanotech-based fabrics on the market that can be worn like Kevlar (body armor) to protect first responders during a terror attack. The big difference is these fabrics are much stronger than Kevlar, by a factor of at least 10 or as high as 50.
IBD: How is such fabric made?
Ratner: They're stronger because they're engineered at the molecular scale. Rather than mix chemicals together to make fabric stronger, you build them from the bottom up, a molecule at a time, by using magnetic or other forces.
IBD: How can nanotech help after a terror attack has taken place?
Ratner: Nanotech can be used in decontamination agents. If an area is attacked with a bio or chemical weapon, the area is contaminated until you remove those agents. One of the neat things about nanoparticles is they are much more reactive than conventional products. They can do a much better job of absorbing or scrubbing an area of agents like sarin gas. There are already several products like this on the market that are based on nanoparticles.
IBD: How will nanotech change military technology?
Ratner: At this point, nanotech is primarily a defensive technology. Most applications involve defending our troops or making them more survivable, rather than making them attack more efficiently.
One way involves developing protective fabrics that shield troops against chemical, bio or other forms of attacks. The work focuses on developing what's called "dynamic smart materials." These are fabrics that can change almost instantly. A soldier could be wearing an open-weave uniform in desert camouflage colors. At the flick of a switch, the pores of the fabric close shut. The result is something similar to a rubber suit that seals out dangerous agents.
IBD: What will be some of the business impacts of using nanotech for homeland security and defense?
Ratner: Nanotech will have an enormous impact on world business, and we are just at the beginning of this. Spending on defense and energy alone is a $4 trillion annual industry, and nanotech will get a big piece of that.
IBD: What are the risks of using nanotech in homeland security?
Ratner: Using nanotech with computers will make it much easier to store and process personal information. This leaves open a door in abusing personal privacy and civil rights. Nanosensors cannot only detect your predilection to cancer, but they also can detect other medical conditions that could make you uninsurable.
IBD: How do you counter this?
Ratner: Adequate oversight by groups that monitor these technologies will be absolutely critical.
Wissenschaftlern ist ein spektakulärer Durchbruch gelungen: Erstmals hat sich ein Nano-Transistor mit Hilfe eines biologischen Verfahrens selbst zusammengesetzt. Der Erfolg wurde als wichtiger Schritt zur Entwicklung kleinster elektronischer Geräte gewertet.
Nanophase Sponsoring NANO Commerce 2003 Monday December 1, 11:57 am ET
ROMEOVILLE, Ill., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX - News), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced that it is a sponsor for NANO Commerce 2003 on December 9-11 in Chicago. NANO Commerce 2003 is one of the first industry conferences directed to commercial applications of nanotechnology and is focused on business opportunities and strategies of moving nanotechnology from the lab to the marketplace. Major firms with dominant market positions will share their plans for nanotechnology while networking with suppliers, IP owners and others who will be critical to incorporating nanotech into real world products. Conference details are available at www.nanocommerce2003.com . (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030422/NANXLOGO )
With the event, Nanophase will launch its new marketing campaign "Driving Product Innovation" which the company intends to use during 2004 to broaden its global exposure and for specific targeted market areas. Examples of Nanophase's new marketing campaign are available on the Company's website. The Company will be participating in the NANO Commerce exhibition to demonstrate Nanophase's integrated nanomaterials technologies and commercial capabilities to large chemical and industrial companies. Joseph Cross, Nanophase's president and CEO, will address the conference and present an invited talk on Partnering For Evolutionary Applications.
"We are enthusiastic about the concept of NANO Commerce 2003 with its focus on commercial applications and opportunities," stated Cross. "This is a definite signal that nanotechnology, and specifically nanomaterial applications, is beginning to evolve toward initial maturity with a broader range of interest, and potential product and process usage. Increasing corporate and manufacturing interest in nanomaterials has clearly been building during 2004, perhaps aided by the recovering economy, and this conference is expected to continue the momentum. Growing company concentration on nanotechnology, buttressed by the recent nanotechnology legislation, are very positive factors towards enlarging real nanotechnology products and applications."