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"While advances in biotechnology and the rise of the Internetdazzled investors and made headlines in the final years of thetwentieth century, a quiet revolution was taking place in the fieldof nanotechnology. This book is the first attempt to fully explorelegal, policy, regulatory, and business issues associated with thisnew era of technological power, and prepare industry, government,and society for the revolution in nanotechnology."
From the Introduction
Nanotechnology may be on the verge of impacting virtually everyaspect of industry and society. From reducing the nation’sreliance on fossil fuel energy to affording millions of peopleaccess to clean water, the potential ramifications ofnanotechnology could be enormous. But how will it all play out? Will social, political, and regulatory issues empower technologicalprogress, or stifle it? Who will pay for the fundamental researchand commercial development of nanotechnology? Who will profit fromit, how, and when?
The Handbook of Nanotechnology is the first book to carefullyexamine the key policy, business, and investment issues drivingnanotechnology and to provide a general framework to understand andclassify its applications. This comprehensive, peer-reviewed workincludes:
As nanotechnology quickly passes from the shadowy realm oftheory and vision to the bright light of commercial reality, thereis an urgent need for rigorous and substantive analysis. TheHandbook of Nanotechnology provides you with a step-by-step look atwhat has already been done to give birth to nanotechnology, andwhat still must be done to unleash its full potential.
Part I: Introduction to Nanotechnology.
Chapter 1: Understanding Nanotechnology.
Chapter 2: The Industrial Structure Giving Rise toNanotechnology.
Part II: Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation.
Chapter 3: Societal and Ethical Implications.
Chapter 4: Environmental Regulation.
Chapter 5: The Patent and Trademark Office.
Chapter 6: FDA Regulation.
Chapter 7: National Security and Export Controls.
Chapter 8: Federal Funding.
Chapter 9: Conclusions.
Part III: Nanotechnology Business.
Chapter 10: Starting a Nanotech Company.
Chapter 11: Business Plans and Strategy.
Chapter 12: Early Stage Financing.
Chapter 13: Intellectual Property.
Chapter 14: Corporate Partnering and Globalization.
Chapter 15: Consolidation and Standardization.
Chapter 16: Exit Opportunities.
Chapter 17: Conclusions.
About the Authors.