NanoBusiness Alliance joins call for nanosafety funding

In an op-ed in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel picked up by Knight Ridder, the NanoBusiness Alliance joined with Environmental Defense in calling for increased nanosafety funding by the U.S. federal government: “For a technology as new, untested and potentially pervasive as this, we should be spending at least 10 percent of our research budget, or $100 million annually, to learn about the potential impact of these materials. That figure may seem high, but it is actually a relatively modest investment to help avoid future litigation expenses, health care costs, and lost productivity.”

The list of organizations supporting this includes Foresight Nanotech Institute, and the list continues to grow. Handling this issue well will help the nanotech field as it advances from materials to devices and systems.—Christine

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