Investing in Medical Nanotechnologies II


Public debate

Nanomedicine… hype? Or a real revolution in healthcare?

Public Debate

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

Time/Date: 18.30 - 20.00 hrs, Wednesday, 28th November 2007

The Institute of Nanotechnology, a global leader in nanotechnology information services is organising a public engagement evening ‘Nanomedicine…hype? Or a real revolution in healthcare?’ on the 28th of November at Royal College of Surgeons of London. This free event offers an opportunity to the general public to share their thoughts with industrial leaders, nanotechnologists and politicians.

Nanotechnology has found applications in almost every industrial sector from golf balls to cancer treatment, scratch-free paints to dirt repellent trousers, and bicycles to supercomputers. Of all the potential applications of nanotechnology, nanomedicine - the application of nanotechnology to healthcare is poised to revolutionise medical treatments and therapies in areas such as imaging, faster diagnosis, drug delivery and tissue regeneration, as well as the development of new medical products. Analysts predict the demand for nanomedical products in US alone to reach $53 billion by 2011.

But while the potential benefits of nanomedicine are widely lauded, is there a downside to any of this? What about the risks of nanotechnology? Are there adequate controls in place? Regulation? Ethical issues? Can we afford it? These are all perfectly valid questions and if nanomedicine is to be successful they must be clearly and transparently addressed.

The debate aims to bring together the general public along with nanotechnologists, researchers, clinicians, industry, policy makers, regulators, trade associations, non-governmental organisations, media and other stakeholders under one roof to discuss and debate the potential applications of nanomedicine as well as the social, ethical and environmental risks.

Expert Panel

  • Dr Doug Naysmith MP is a former academic and research immunologist and is now Member of Parliament for Bristol North-West.
  • Dr Leonard Fass , Director of Academic Relations, GE Healthcare has been closely involved for a number of years in the application of nanotechnology to the fields of medical imaging and biosensors.
  • Michel Lussier , is a highly successful entrepreneur in the high-technology medical sector and has been responsible for establishing a number of innovative medical technology companies.
  • Dr. Evdokia Korakianiti , Scientific Administrat or, Pre-Auth orisation Unit for Human Medicines, European Medicines Agency (EMEA).

  • Chair: Geoff Watts , eminent writer and broadcaster on science and medicine. Also currently the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 ‘Leading Edge’ programme.

In the interest of openness and public engagement this panel discussion and public debate, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons at 6pm on 28th November 2007, is open to all and is free. Places are limited and, therefore, early registration is recommended.


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