Ed. note: every Friday (more or less) Nanotechnology Law Report’s David Fischer will look back at the week’s news and analysis of nano related issues. If you have something you’d like to bring to our attention, email him.
- Berkeley, California is on the verge of becoming the first city to pass regulations regarding nanotechnology; the ordinance would "amend its hazardous materials law to compel researchers and manufacturers to report what nanotechnology materials they are working with and how they are handling the tiny particles." In light of a recent AP report that there "are no known businesses within Berkeley city limits working directly with nanomaterials," its immediate impact is somewhat unclear. However, it is nevertheless of national significance because the Berkeley government has stated that they want others to duplicate the regulation in other health and safety codes in California and around the nation.
- Pharmos Corporation "completed its initial analysis of data from a recently completed Phase 1 study of its proprietary NanoEmulsion topical drug delivery technology formulated with diclofenac"; Nanotechnology Law Report‘s John Monica compares this finding to conclusions reached by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.
- University of Utah researchers report that "a unique approach, utilizing nanoparticles, to transport chelators and chelator-metal complexes in both directions across the blood-brain barrier" provides a "safer and more effective chelation treatment in Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative diseases."
- Advanced Nanotechology gives us 10 superconducting related technology predictions for the coming year.
- Responsible Nanotechnology has an excellent analysis on new developments on single-molecule surface placement.
- Fortune Magazine reports that GE‘s chairman, Jeffery Immelt , is focused on nanotechnology: "Nanotechnology – we’re going to own it." Advanced Nanotechnology does that math and finds out that "GE is spending in the range of a few hundred million and maybe a billion dollars on nanotechnology and molecular medicine."
- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a panel discussion on "Nanotechnology: The Story Behind the Headlines." You can view a webcast of the panel on its website.
- Nanotechnology Law Report‘s Michael Heintz analyzes the placement of "nanomaterials" on DOD’s emerging contaminants watch list.
- Please forgive the shameless self-promotion, but on Antitrust Review, I break down the Department of Justice’s new charging guidelines and highlight the significant changes relating to attorney-client privilege and the advancement of legal fees; a must-read, if I do say so myself, for everyone involved, or who might be involved, in a federal government investigation.