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The NTI Approach

The NTI is designed to be a focal point for nano-related efforts, building on the collective strengths of corporate interests, research institutions, and economic development organizations. The innovative model is represented by the alignment of five key components: Technology Development, Commercialization, Sponsored Research and Development, Outreach and Strategic Alliances.

Technology Development
NTI provides a gateway for twelve regional universities and medical schools and more than 40 faculty members focused on nano-biosensor development, nanotubular cellular probes, intelligent drug delivery systems, and nanofiber-based tissue engineering. NTI Seed and Core Grant components support this technology development. more

Commercialization
NTI created the Nanotechnology Commercialization Group (NCG) to be a single point-of-contact system across the institutional partners, providing robust business development services with streamlined Intellectual Property (IP) and licensing processes. Specific programs have been created to stimulate both established company involvement and new company formation. more

Sponsored Research and Development
NTI provides capital for sponsored research to stimulate the creation of longer-term partnerships with industry leaders and the create new enterprises. more

Outreach
NTI fosters the growth of the region’s nanotechnology community by facilitating dialogue and interaction among federal agencies, university faculty, corporations, entrepreneurs, and economic partners. more

Strategic Alliances
Preparing the Mid-Atlantic region’s nanotechnology workforce of the future through partnering among educational initiatives, nonprofits and companies. more

Why Is Small So Big?

Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.

At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:

  1. Drug Delivery
  2. Biofiltration and Separation sciences
  3. Improved coatings for medical devices

Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.

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