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Resources

The NTI can also link companies and researchers to additional resources for funding and support.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP)
BFTP/SEP Provides capital and expertise in technology, finance and business to help entrepreneurs and established businesses overcome challenges and plan for growth. www.sep.benfranklin.org

Nanotechnology Commercialization Group (NCG)
The NCG provides numerous commercialization services to NTI-member institutions, including evaluating intellectual property for commercial potential, devising a commercialization strategy and negotiating licensing agreements.

Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Alliance (MANA)
A collaborative tri-state effort among BFTP/SEP, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the Delaware Technology Park, MANA develops strategic nanotechnology alliances among industry, academia and government; secures and attracts funding; disseminates information and knowledge; and positions the region with a unified message. www.midatlanticnano.org

Innovation Partnership (IPart)
A program of BFTP/SEP, IPart gives advice and guidance on the SBIR/STTR federal grant application process, provides funding to help cover application expenses related to successful applications and networks business with partnering agencies that can assist in raising additional capital. www.innovationpartnership.net

Intellectual Property Donation Program
This Pennsylvania state-funded program that gives commercial value to under-utilized patents that may otherwise never see the light of day. Info on www.newpa.com

Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZ)
KIZs are geographically designated areas in state of Pennsylvania. Business operating within a KIZ are eligible for tax credits. In addition, universities are eligible for funding to spur technology transfer and commercialization activities. KIZ info on www.newpa.com

Penn Nanotoxicology Alliance-Pilot Projects
The Penn Nanotoxicology Alliance consists of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), the Targeted Therapeutics and Nanomedicine Program of the ITMAT/CTSA, the Nanotechnology Institute (NTI), and the Nano-Bio Interface Center.  
For more information contact:
Mary E. Webster. M.S.
Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
mail.med.upenn.edu
215-746-3031

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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