Through its technology development efforts, the NTI has created new intellectual property, fostered a vibrant environment for new ventures and increased the marketing success of the region both nationally and internationally.
The NTI’s core research projects are designed to be multi-investigator, multi-institutional collaborations. In order to be considered as a core project, research must contribute to new IP, and the technology developed must have significant potential for commercialization and be attractive to industry for corporate sponsorship or licensing. All team members who receive funds must have Principal Investigator status at an NTI-affiliated institution.
In 2007, the NTI funded two core projects focusing on biosensors and bioprobes.
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:
- Drug Delivery
- Biofiltration and Separation sciences
- 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.