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What is the Nanotechnology Institute?

The Nanotechnology InstituteTM (NTI) is southeastern Pennsylvania’s first multi-institutional partnership created to accelerate nanotechnology research, commercialization and company formation. This technology powerhouse was created in 2000 by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Today, NTI accelerates regional economic development by connecting industry with university assets through its thirteen member research institutions. The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

In 2011, the NTI was awarded an Honorable Mention at the International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards, in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions.

A review of the NTI is being published in the Nanotechnology Law & Business Journal.

Accomplishments:

  • $301M Leveraged
  • 841 IP Assets Managed
  • 245+ Jobs Created
  • 47 Companies Created
  • 70+ Businesses Assisted
  • 67 Technology Licenses
  • 116 Projects
  • $16.3M Deployed

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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