Yesterday's FDA Nanotechnology Public Workshop produced much debate about the risks and benefits of nanotechnology and what changes FDA needs to make in order toÂ properly regulateÂ it. Some representatives of consumer groups engaged in hysteria, calling for a ban on all nanotech products until more research about risk is done.
FDA announced that on October 10 it will hold a public meeting on FDA-regulated products containing nanotechnology materials. The agency wants to learn what nanotechnology products are under development and whether any scientific issues should be brought to its attention. It is extremely important that industry give the agency a thorough appraisal of how nanotech is being used. FDA is still feeling its way around the nanotech landscape, and a consistent strategy on how to regulate nanotech products has not yet emerged.
Originally Published MDDI July 2006 COVER STORY: NANOTECHNOLOGY The field of nanotechnology is exciting, vast, and maybe a bit confusing. Device makers may need to understand the minutiae and the market before venturing into the nanoworld.
This morning's Boston Globe has a positive article about the potential of nanotechnology in the life sciences. It does a good job of explaining some of the research being done, and the potential impact it could have, without resorting to hype. How nanotech will impact medical device technology and how FDA will regulate it are two of the most crucial issues to be faced in the coming years.
Originally Published MDDI May 2006 NANOTECHNOLOGY Offering the possibilities of smaller, lighter, and faster materials and devices, nanotechnology is working its way into the world of medtech.
The nanotechnology revolution is underway, but expect it to proceed slowly. This morning's Washington Post reports on a survey of nanotech usages. Of more interest, though, is the second half of the article, which discusses safety issues. Specifically, too little is known about them, and some companies have been reluctant to let the government do testing and evaluation. That's not an option with medical device applications, of course.
Originally Published MPMN March 2006 EDITOR'S PAGE There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom That’s what physicist Richard Feynman called his speech on nanotechnology way back in 1959. A fitting title, since nanodevices are built from the bottom up. Back then the science was so new there wasn’t even a...
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Originally Published MPMN June 2004 INDUSTRY NEWS Building Better Materials Through Nanotechnology Norbert Sparrow By applying nanotechnology to materials development, Sandvik has developed a medical-grade stainless steel with improved tensile strength, corrosion resistance, formability, and other...
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