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03.12.03 12:06

290 Postings, 5952 Tage FrancoLopezheute gehts weiter o. T.

03.12.03 14:27

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeNGEN erhält neues Patent für Schlüsseltechnologie

Nanogen Issued Key Nanotechnology Patent
Wednesday December 3, 8:02 am ET

Newly Issued Patent Broadens Proprietary Position in
Nanomanufacturing and Nanotechnology

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN - News) today
announced that it has been issued U.S. Patent No. 6,652,808, "Methods for the Electronic
Assembly and Fabrication of Devices," ("the '808 patent") by the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office. This patent is the parent of a series of pending patent applications that significantly
broaden Nanogen's proprietary position in the nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing areas.
The Company has now been issued nine patents during 2003, bringing the total number of
patents issued in the U.S. to 56.

"One of the challenges in producing new electronic and photonic devices using nanoscale
components is the integration of these components into viable higher order devices. The new
Nanogen patent describes a unique electric field 'pick and place' process that facilitates the
bringing together or integration of diverse DNA nanocomponents, thereby helping solve difficult
scaling issues. Combining the top-down electric field process with the bottom-up DNA
self-assembly process enables more selective and higher precision incorporation of nanoscale
components into higher order devices and structures," said Dr. Michael J. Heller, co-founder of
Nanogen, one of the inventors, and currently a Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering
and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

"The technology described by Nanogen's new patent may provide a technological foundation for
the effective use of nanocomponents in many diverse applications," said Howard Birndorf,
Nanogen chairman and CEO. "As we continue to increase and broaden our intellectual property
portfolio, we intend to realize value from our nanotechnology patents through licensing or
partnering opportunities. Congress' recent commitment to nanotechnology research and
development underscores the potential our technologies may have for impacting several
industries, including medicine."

The new nanotechnology patent relates to a nanofabrication technology that combines an
electric field assisted manufacturing platform and programmable self-assembling
nanostructures (for example, DNA building blocks) for the fabrication of a wide range of unique
higher-order nano and microscale devices, structures, and materials. The nanofabrication
platform and process would be used for: (1) producing new nanoscale electronic and photonic
devices and structures, including high-density 2D and 3D data storage materials, 2D and 3D
photonic crystal structures, hybrid electronic/photonic devices such as large area light emitting
flat panel arrays and displays, and for the fabrication of highly integrated medical diagnostic
and biosensor devices; (2) organization, assembly and interconnection of nanostructures and
submicron components onto silicon wafers and other materials; (3) integration of
nanostructures within preformed microelectronic and optoelectronic structures; (4) production of
precision modified nanoparticles (for example, photonic crystals, nanospheres and quantum
dots) which can then more efficiently self-assemble into 2D and 3D structures and materials
(photonic band gap structures, nanocomposite materials and so forth); and (5) fabrication of
selectively addressable DNA nanoarray substrates and materials.

The patent represents a unique nanofabrication technology which combines the best aspects of
top-down microfabrication processes with bottom-up biological type self-assembly processes
for producing novel nanodevices and nanostructures. The process is highly parallel and has an
inherent hierarchical logic allowing one to control the organization, assembly and
communication of components from the molecular and nanoscale into macroscale devices and

The '808 patent is jointly owned by Nanotronics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nanogen,
and the Regents of the University of California. Nanogen has exclusively licensed the interests
of the University of California where there is joint inventorship. Additionally, Nanogen disclosed
the issuance over the last several months of three patents relating to electronic microarray
technology. The three additional issued patents are U.S. Patent No. 6,582,660 "Control
System for Active Programmable Electronic Microbiology System," U.S. Patent No. 6,589,742
"Multiplex Amplification and Separation of Nucleic Acid Sequences on a Bioelectronic
Microchip Using Asymmetric Structures," and U.S. Patent No. 6,638,482 "Reconfigurable
Detection and Analysis Apparatus and Method."


03.12.03 16:27

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeBush schafft Fakten!

9:26AM Pres Bush to sign nanotechnology bill today : At 2:10 ET today,
President Bush is expected to sign into law the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. The law will give nanotech a permanent home in thefederal government, and authorizes nearly $3.7 bln over four years for R&D programs coordinated among several federal agencies. It also authorizes public hearings and expert advisory panels, as well as the American Nanotechnology Preparedness Center to study the emerging technology's potential societal and ethical effects.


03.12.03 16:32

4012 Postings, 6161 Tage standingovationwelchen nanowert habt ihr? o. T.

03.12.03 16:44

290 Postings, 5952 Tage FrancoLopeznanopierce wkn 916132 o. T.

03.12.03 16:54

4012 Postings, 6161 Tage standingovationhatte ich bis last week auch grrrr o. T.

03.12.03 17:02

68208 Postings, 5883 Tage BarCodeHat jemand jmar (WKN: 885342)?

Bin ich über irgendeinen Link aus diesem thread draufgekommen (smallcapwatch oder so). (Wer mehr darüber wissen will: Ist kein ausgesprochener Nanowert, hat auch andere Produkte. Bin rein bei 1,90 und schon gings abwärts. Da ich von der Firma guten Eindruck hatte hab ich nachgekauft. Seit 2 Tagen steigen die in USA sehr heftig. (ca. +60%). Hab keinerlei News gefunden. Weiß jemand was?

Gruß BarCode  

03.12.03 17:47

68208 Postings, 5883 Tage BarCodeNochmal jmar

Das ist kein OTC-Wert sondern Nasdaq-Small-Cap. Die Phantasie steckt in folgendem Produkt:

Nano-Nano: Collimated Plasma Lithography (CPL) Comes Into Vogue
Jump to first matched term

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to make more powerful computer chips, smaller and smaller patterns must to be traced onto semiconductor wafers. This process, known as lithography, requires the shortest wavelength light possible to produce the finest images.

The Department of Defense has provided more than $60 million in research and development funding to California-based JMAR Technologies, Inc. to devise an X-ray light source for high performance communications and radar chip lithography. The result is Collimated Plasma Lithography, or CPL, a breakthrough technology with the potential to change the future of lithography systems.

CPL technology solves the problem of producing ultra short wave length light in a package no larger than that required by the light sources it will replace. CPL also provides the fine resolution and large "depth of field" needed to print dramatically smaller, but deeper features (images) thereby overcoming performance limitations of today's lithography technology.

Semiconductor manufacturers will be able to fabricate more reliable, higher performance chips to provide consumers electronic products that are smaller, less expensive, and more powerful. Today's handheld electronic devices as well as computers and other electronic technology will continue to evolve into sleeker, "miniature" designs, thanks to advances in lithography.

"CPL has a wavelength over 100 times shorter than lithography light sources used today, giving it tremendous potential," explained President and CEO of innovator JMAR Technologies, Inc. Ronald Walrod. Both the semiconductor industry and the ultimate consumer of electronic products using those advanced semiconductors are likely to benefit from this new light source in the near future.

The design and manufacture of advanced sensors for fast detection of environmental pollutants is another technological thrust. This work might eventually lead to the manufacture of detectors for narcotics and explosives. "JMAR is looking for new opportunities to apply its expertise in applied research, engineering, and manufacturing to the solution of real-world problems. Production of sensors to assist Homeland Security is on our radar scope," added Walrod.

For more information on CPL and how it can benefit you, your family or your company, log on to

SOURCE JMAR Technologies, Inc.

Außerdem haben sie seit kurzem noch eine Kooperation mit einem Nasa-spin off mit ihrer pollution-sensor Technologie, die offenbar alles andere auf dem Markt schlägt.

Näheres hier:

Gruß BarCode


03.12.03 18:24

4012 Postings, 6161 Tage standingovationwas gibst du denen für eine kursentwicklung? o. T.

03.12.03 18:31

4012 Postings, 6161 Tage standingovationalle nano's sind massiv gestiegen!! o. T.

03.12.03 18:53

1248 Postings, 5885 Tage Muffeverdammte Schei... -hat mal einer am

Nasdaq geguckt.... Nanogen Inc. +62% und das bei einem Nicht-Penny !!!  

03.12.03 20:01

68208 Postings, 5883 Tage BarCode@standingovation

Da gibt es natürlich viele "Wenns". Im Moment sind sie für ca. 20 Mio. Umsatz rein fundamental gesehen mit über 50 Mio MK schon hoch bewertet. Haben aber die Forschungszuschüsse vom Staat (Dep of Defence) über 60 Mio. wohl sicher. Finanzierung ist damit auf recht sicherem Boden. Der Rest ist Phantasie.
So sieht ihr Plan bzgl. CPL aus:

Q4 2003  
Upgrade CPL power to 45 watts

Q1 2004  
Put Beta CPL into operation

Ship first commercial CPL system

Ship first silicon contact hole system

Introduce CPL sources into mainstream

Wenn sie das hinkriegen, ist jede erfolgreiche Stufe mit Kursschub verbunden. (Rechnen zunächst mit 200Mio.- Stück vom Milliardenkuchen.)
Kurzfristiger: wenn sich in den Jahresendzahlen die Kooperation mit FemtoTrace mit ihrem READ-sensor-programm schon auswirkt  bzw. positives operatives Ergebnis erreicht wird, ist in den nächsten Monaten Anstieg auf  3-4 Euro schon drin.
Wenn Intel auf ihre Technologie einsteigt, auch mehr. Aber: Mit mehr Phantasie natürlich noch viel mehr - das ist fundamental nicht zu ermitteln.

Wenn nix klappt, tschüss schönes Geld.

Gruß BarCode

08.12.03 15:25

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeIBM mit Durchbruch bei Anwendung?

Associated Press
IBM Claims Nanotech Breakthrough
Monday December 8, 12:07 am ET
By Brian Bergstein, AP Technology Writer

IBM Researchers Claim They Have a Nanotech Breakthrough That
Works With Existing Chip Design

NEW YORK (AP) -- Researchers at IBM Corp. claim they have made an important
breakthrough in the race to design circuitry at the molecular level: a system that works with
existing methods of electronics manufacturing.

                                        In a paper being released Monday at an
                                        industry conference in Washington,
                                        D.C., IBM researchers Chuck Black
                                        and Kathyrn Guarini say they used a
                                        naturally occurring pattern of molecules
                                        as a stencil to etch flash memory
                                        circuitry into silicon.

                                        Other researchers are experimenting
                                        with using self-assembling, or naturally
                                        forming, patterns of molecules to build
                                        very tiny circuitry. Doing so is believed
                                        to be necessary if the high-tech
                                        industry can continue to pack more
                                        transistors into smaller spaces -- the
                                        process that continually makes
                                        computing faster and less expensive.

But the IBM scientists believe they are the first to use the molecular patterns not as circuits
that have to be connected to larger wires, but as stencils that light can be shone through to
create circuitry in silicon. That would make it more likely to work with existing processes,
potentially saving money in manufacturing.

"We don't just give a nice picture of some sort of material. That's often where nanotech
presentations will end," Black said. "We take that pattern that nature gives us and have done
something with it. We understand it and we know how to build things with it."

The molecules involved are a combination of two polymers -- one that makes up Styrofoam and
another in Plexiglas.

IBM predicts prototype devices using the technique could emerge in three to five years.


08.12.03 22:32

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeBuy the rumour, sell the news...

Morgen rechtzeitig zur Konferenz fliegen NGEN und NANX aus dem Depot - die gibts garantiert nochmal billiger. Der Anstieg ist mir irgendwie zu steil, als das es so weitergehen kann...
TINY bleibt vorerst drin.


08.12.03 23:25

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeNanosys: Nanotechnology May Change Lives

(An Nanosys ist u.a. TINY beteiligt)

Associated Press
Nanosys: Nanotechnology May   Change Lives
Monday December 8, 9:41 am ET
By Matthew Fordahl, AP Technology Writer

Nanosys Looks to Use Nanotechnology to Transform Everything From Fabrics to Health Care

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- The science of manipulating the smallest building  blocks of matter into useful technology has been hyped as the engine of the next  industrial revolution, when molecular computers supplant silicon chips and cheap "nanobots" render billion-dollar factories obsolete. The question is, who will capitalize on it first, and when.

Most experts agree that nanotechnology -- usually defined as the creation and manipulation of materials no larger than a billionth of a meter, or 1/100,000th the diameter of a hair -- has the potential to  transform everything from fabrics to health care to computers and space probes.

Nanosys Inc., a 35-employee Silicon Valley startup quickly  gaining strength in the nascent industry, isn't banking on marvels of nanotechnology stitching  themselves into reality any time soon. It's building instead on near-term possibilities, hoping to make money and lay a foundation. The pragmatic approach may not be as dramatic as some sci-fi visions -- but it's attracting considerable attention and investment.

That doesn't mean the company's view is narrow -- Nanosys is working on  applications as diverse as solar cells, sensors and nano-engineered fibers and  electronics while developing and licensing core technologies it hopes will build business muscle.

"Today, our focus is on very simple things," said Stephen Empedocles, a co-founder and director of business development. "Things that we can do in the next couple years to get into the market so that people will have valuable nanotechnology at their fingertips."

This year, Nanosys led most nanotech startups in capturing venture capital investments, closing $39 million in financing for a total of $70 million in equity and non-equity funding since its founding two years ago.

Privately held Nanosys and its scientists regularly top lists of up-and-coming  companies and researchers. It has struck deals with corporations like Japan's Matsushita Electric Works, and recently received investments from Eastman Kodak Co. and others.

It also has agreements with defense and intelligence communities, including the CIA-backed venture capital group In-Q-Tel and defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. No details of those deals have been released.

Last week, President Bush signed a bill to invest nearly $3.7 billion for work in nanotech. Corporate labs are investing heavily, and universities have set up more than 100 research institutes across the country. Nanosys is among more  than 400 startups playing the field, according to data from the research firm.

Nano-size particles have unique qualities that make them especially enticing. Nanotech can make materials faster, better and cheaper by building materials up atom by atom through chemical reactions in $10 beakers and flasks, rather  than in the multi-billion-dollar factories of today's semiconductor industry.

Nanosys' goal is to become a provider of nanotechnology-based devices that its corporate partners can commercialize without needing to know the details -- much like computer makers integrate an Intel Corp. microprocessor into their products.

Three businessmen founded Nanosys: Larry Bock, an entrepreneur who started 15 companies; Calvin Chow, who launched three; and Empedocles, who also  started three. They rounded up nearly a dozen leading researchers who serve as exclusive scientific advisers and hold equity stakes in the company.

The company uses its investments to license intellectual property and develop its own. So far, it has about 150 patents, two-thirds licensed from nanotech centers around the world and the remainder developed internally.

"Nanosys has done a remarkable job of carving out intellectual property protection and really covering what appears to be all the bases for the area they want to be in," said Steve Crosby, president of Small Times Media, publisher of a magazine that follows the industry.
The intellectual property also helps Nanosys stand out, said John M.A. Roy, a technology strategist at Merrill Lynch. "Everyone talks about intellectual property, but to truly focus on it as a core element, there's not that many doing that," he said.

Empedocles is careful not to oversell what's feasible in the near future. Molecular computers may be distantly possible, but Nanosys isn't counting on replacing Intel Corp. tomorrow.

"Our vision is different -- it's basically looking for the low-hanging-fruit opportunities along this path," he said.

In Nanosys' lab, researchers work on nanomaterials that repel water so well that drops of liquid literally bounce from the surface. The company also is making strides in electronics that don't require the superheated vacuums and clean rooms of traditional semiconductor technology.

The photovoltaics it's developing -- the technology converts sunlight into electricity -- are different from today's expensive crystalline silicon solar cells. The hope is that, through nano-engineering, they might someday be molded into construction materials -- or even painted onto surfaces.

Nanosys is not trying to reinvent the wheel with more exotic and unproven creations like the carbon nanotubes championed by others. Carbon nanotubes are a promising technology, offering stronger-than-steel strength at a fraction of the weight and excellent electrical properties, but they're far from ready for prime time.

"The problem with carbon nanotubes is you can't manufacture them with any sort of control," Empedocles said. "Even the most bleeding-edge nanotube synthesis processes produce all types of nanotubes at once."

But even with a dream team of researchers, a strong patent portfolio and simple near-term applications, Nanosys -- and nanotechnology in general -- must now deliver something to match the high expectations of investors or risk popping the growing bubble of interest, said Stan Williams, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s director of quantum science research.

"They got the talent. They got the money," he said. "Now, it's an issue of execution."


08.12.03 23:35

3947 Postings, 6882 Tage EskimatoDoc, alter Himmelhund.

Nanometrics NANO darfste auch aufnehmen, das Kürzel ist Programm.
Natürlich einer der gelungensten Threads auf ARIVA, Dein Name steht für Qualität, hab ja mein Album.

Gruss E."  

08.12.03 23:42

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeDie stehen doch längst drin...

Irgendwo weiter oben(#51) - zumindest der Chart.

Das Schöne ist, dass man die ganzen Werte wunderbar traden kann. Irgendwann kommt immer wieder mal ne neue Welle.


09.12.03 22:06

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeHoppala...

Das waren dann mal eben -17% bei NANX - wie schön wenn man die Gewinne vorbörslich realisiert hat :-)


11.12.03 19:28

68208 Postings, 5883 Tage BarCodeJmar: Durchbruch bei Anwendung?

JMAR Achieves Complex sub-100nm Feature Imaging from Simple Lithographic Process Utilizing Integrated X-ray Source and Stepper
Thursday December 11, 8:32 am ET

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 11, 2003--JMAR Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMAR - News)
JMAR's Collimated Plasma Lithography System Pushes Below 100nm with Binary Mask and Single Layer Thick Resist
JMAR Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMAR - News), today reported that it has realized sub-100nm imaging at its facility in South Burlington, Vermont using its integrated Collimated Plasma Lithography (CPL(TM)) X-ray source and wafer exposure system.
"This achievement reinforces our belief that CPL offers reduced complexity, and therefore reduced overall cost, at sub-100nm critical dimensions," said Daniel J. Fleming, JMAR's Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Systems Division. "The deep penetration of 1nm X-ray light enables us to use single layer, thick, chemically amplified resist. The result is large process latitude enabling simultaneous imaging of small contact holes and minimum pitch dense lines. The collimated X-ray light is matched to a simple binary membrane mask and creates patterns using proximity exposure. We are very pleased to be able to produce these fine features without the complexity of phase shift masks, two layer resist, or extremely precise control of focus and dose parameters."
This work was done under contracts from Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)/DARPA. The masks were made by IBM Microelectronics, Essex Junction, Vermont.

Additional information regarding JMAR's CPL technology is available in the form of a CPL Q&A discussion at

Source: JMAR Technologies, Inc.

26.12.03 17:59

3947 Postings, 6882 Tage EskimatoJetzt setzt Zacks auch einen drauf.

Gleich mal mit 20% belohnt worden auf über 7 Dollar Dein NGEN-Baby.

Gruss E. Announces That Gregory Spear Highlights the Following Stocks: Harris & Harris and Nanogen  
Friday, December 26, 2003 06:00 AM ET  Printer-friendly version  
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 26, 2003--Gregory Spear is looking toward the future and sees nanotechnology as a major point of interest. Learn how to make an early play on this burgeoning technology with a pair of new additions to the A-List. Learn about Harris & Harris (NASDAQ: TINY, news) and Nanogen (NASDAQ: NGEN, news). Click here for the full story exclusively on  

Here are the highlights from the Featured Expert column:

Nanotech. The name sounds sci-fi but the technology--which enables unprecedented opportunities for creating novel chemical and biological structures on the molecular level-- is real and it is already on the market in a variety of fairly mundane applications. As Federal nanotech research funding has increased dramatically in the past seven years, nanotech has quietly become the most significant U.S. government-funded research project since the Space Program.

If you remember the dot com craze, Harris & Harris (NASDAQ: TINY, news) is in some ways the "Internet Capital Group" of the nano universe. Although still small fry themselves, they are venture capitalists (i.e. part owners) for more than a dozen nanosized start-ups. The company Spear is particularly interested in for SSIA is Nanosys, which is crafting some of the most basic geometry in the nano-universe. By making nanometer-scale materials such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanodots (aka quantum dots), this company has positioned itself as the supplier of the "picks and shovels" of the nano enterprise.

Another company Spear likes, but which has been perhaps unfairly exploiting its moniker, is Nanogen (NASDAQ: NGEN, news). The 10-year-old company, one of the few nanotech start-ups to go public in the late 1990's, has applied nanotechnology to genetic testing. Nanogen develops and commercializes molecular diagnostics products and tests for the gene-based testing market, including biodefense, forensics and drug discovery. Nanogen has received attention by collaborating with Prodresse, to develop automated, highly sensitive microarray- based products to detect a number of infectious disease agents, including influenza, pneumonia, adenovirus, herpes, West Nile virus, and SARS. The Companies will integrate Prodesse's proprietary multiplex amplification technology with the automated NanoChip® platform and jointly develop and market gene-based testing products to health care providers and clinical reference labs.

Despite the recent hype, given the market capitalization of NGEN, Spear believes that the stock can move higher.

Read more about the above-mentioned companies, and don't forget to view Gregory Spear's complete commentary and A-List stocks by clicking:

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30.12.03 01:09

3947 Postings, 6882 Tage Eskimatobla bla bla ist also die Meinung

zu konstruktiven Postings geworden. Na dann is ja gut. TINY , NGEN und NANX haben jeweils 20% zugelegt heute.

Gruss E.  

30.12.03 01:19

39287 Postings, 6814 Tage Dr.UdoBroemmeJa - leider zu schnell für mich.

Ich hatte mit einem größeren Rücksetzer gerechnet, aber die Artikel und Empfehlungen jagen sich gerade. So bin ich nur bei TINY dabei. Aber immerhin wurde die Ausgabe von lächerlichen 2 Millionen neuen Aktien zu 8$ völlig ignoriert :-) Ist ja auch was.


30.12.03 01:29

3947 Postings, 6882 Tage EskimatoHallo Doc, konnte Dir nicht

mehr mailen, hatte leider meine Kontakte im E-Mail Programm zerschossen. Format C musste mal wieder sein. Die bei ARIVA hinterlegte Adresse funzt nicht. Schreib mal wieder.

Gruss E.  

02.01.04 16:36

3947 Postings, 6882 Tage EskimatoALTI durch die 3 Dollar.

Hallo Doc, frohes neues Jahr.

Gruss E.  

05.01.04 16:36

68208 Postings, 5883 Tage BarCodeNanotech: Die Aktien dieses Jahrzehnts

Im Moment rappelts ja gewaltig in der Nanotech-Ecke. Alle Werte die ich beobachte/habe steigen wie wild. Auch meine jmar-Teile (sh. weiter oben im Thread) haben in den letzten Wochen über 100% zugelegt. Hier eine Einschätzung für die USA:
Der Link: Inc.: Nanotechnology - Do good things come in smallpackages?  
Jan 02, 2004 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --'s Featured Article on Nanotechnology: Nanogen (Nasdaq: NGEN), Harris & Harris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TINY), Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH), JMAR Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: JMAR), Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS)

Do Good Things Come in Small Packages? Nanotechnology Industry Thinks So.

A wise philosopher once said that we don`t define the times, the times define us.

So it goes on Wall Street, where computer stocks dominated the 1980`s, Internet stocks the 1990`s and now, some experts say, nanotechnology stocks are taking center stage in the 2000`s.

Nanotechnology - the business of manufacturing products from components which measure 100 nanometers or less (a single nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) - is quite possibly the "Next Big Thing" in global commerce. The idea, scientists say, is that smaller size technology-based components can be more easily harnessed to build smaller, stronger, tougher, lighter and more resilient products than ever before. Nanotechnology is already being used to:

* Build military garb for the US army that can sense incoming fire and "stiffen up" to repel bullets and shrapnel

* To carry drugs faster and further into our bodies to combat disease to help doctors, among other things, deliver smaller, sharper doses of toxic medications to patients

* To build computers the size of a human fingernail

* To create stain resistant pants and shirts that never need dry cleaning

How big is the market for nanotechnology tools? According to the National Science Foundation estimates, the value of nanotechnology products will soar to $1 trillion by 2015. Says NSF Chairman Mike Roco "Within 10 years, the entire semiconductor industry and 1/2 of the pharmaceutical industry will rely on nanotechnology."

Nanotechnology is already leaving big footprints in the U.S. stocks market. The Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report`s nanotech stock portfolio has, according to the organization, outperformed the Standard & Poors 500 Index by 84% since its inception two years ago. The U.S. government has already poured $2 billion into the nanotechnology market since 2000 (and the European Union has invested $1 billion into the market). According to the stock-picking research firm, nanotechnology has "quietly become the most significant government-funded research project since the space program."

While larger companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, General Electric, DuPont, Exxon and Intel all have major plans for nanotechnology development, it`s smaller companies that are garnering investors` attention these days. Through December 2003, many nanotechnology stocks have hit 52-week highs, including San Diego-based Nanogen (Nasdaq: NGEN) and Harris & Harris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TINY), a venture capital firm that invests heavily in "tiny technologies".

Other nanotech stocks worth keeping an eye on during 2004 include Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH). The company has developed a technology to improve surgical and diagnostic implant devices that could put the standard Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine out of business. JMAR Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: JMAR) is an up-and-comer as well. The firm has built a next-generation lithography (NGL) alternative designed to deliver affordable, sub-100 nanometer chip-making capability in a compact format to the semiconductor industry. Then there is Lumera Corporation, a majority owned subsidiary of Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) that designs proprietary molecular structures and polymer compounds for a broad range of electro-optic, RF and specialty coating applications. In December, 2003 Lumera was awarded a second contract extension for an additional $950,000 ($3.5 million in all) from the U.S. government to further develop high-performance electro-optic polymer materials and devices for wide band optical modulators.

While some industry consolidation should be expected in 2004, the path to profits for nanotechnology investors is clear, wide and well paved. If computers drove the financial markets in the 80`s, and the Internet fueled them in the 90`s, then it might be no surprise to see nanotechnology bolster a market boom in the next five years or so.

In this case, it seems, size doesn`t matter.

By Brian O`Connell for

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