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August 20, 2018

NNCO Will Focus on Public Outreach and Promoting Commercialization of Nanotechnology

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

According to the Summer 2018 edition of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office’s (NNCO) quarterly newsletter, in 2018, NNCO will focus on two of its primary responsibilities — providing public outreach and promoting commercialization of nanotechnology.  NNCO states that its activities “will build upon and expand efforts to tell the stories” from the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and to support the nanotechnology community by facilitating networks, promoting access to resources, and sharing best practices.  For example, based on the positive feedback from the Technology Development Pathways:  Case Studies from the NNI workshop and town hall held in November 2017, NNCO plans to hold another workshop and a series of webinars using this framework.  According to NNCO, these efforts focus on sharing information intended to assist the commercialization of nanotechnologies, aimed in particular at small- and medium-sized enterprises.  NNCO states that additional efforts “will also concentrate on nanotechnology-focused entrepreneurship and the burgeoning community of interest in this area.”