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International Assessment of Research Needs for
Nanotechnology Environment, Health and Safety

Comment on the Report

What People are Saying About The Report:

Professor Vicki Colvin, Executive Director, ICON:

"The systematic approach taken in these workshops will provide a solid foundation for further research, enable risk management and guide commercial development."

Dr. Andrew Maynard, Chief Science Advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and member of ICON's Executive Committee:

"The broad participation in these workshops represents the kind of decision-making process that is essential to determining how nanotechnology can be used safely."

Dr. Sally Tinkle, Senior Science Advisor to the Acting Director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

"Independent efforts such as this one add tremendous value to the work we’re doing at the governmental level. The ICON report provides a detailed roadmap for addressing a specific grand challenge and can inform the federal strategy."

Dr Gérard Rivière, President of the European Committee for Standardization and Research:

"These workshops demonstrated an impressive commitment to international cooperation and harmonization, especially considering the collective necessity to develop and use standardized materials and reference methods operational at the nanoscale. Such broad engagement will be vital to addressing nanotechnology’s impacts in the future."

Intel: Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow and Director of Technology Strategy:
(link to document pdf)

"As a leader in the field of nano-electronics and long a leader in environment health and safety (EHS), Intel Corporation would like to congratulate the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) on its publication of the report "Global Research Needs Assessment".

This report is an important step toward developing a prioritized NanoEHS Research Roadmap. The results of this international multi-stakeholder group should enable prioritization of environmental health and safety research and the development of predictive nano-bio interaction models. This will enable industry to better understand potential EHS issues with nanomaterials and improve both risk assessment and risk management.

The report identifies the critical capabilities that are needed, the characterization of physicochemical properties, and the research needed on interaction of nanomaterials with biological organisms. It also identifies critical research needed both near-term and longer-term to accelerate development of models capable of predicting nano-bio interactions for existing and future nanomaterials.

Intel supports the broad communication of this report to enable prioritization of international research nanotechnology. While companies and countries will compete in the commercialization of nanotech in the area of EHS, cooperative and collaborative research should be the cornerstone."

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This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.

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