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1 Nanotechnology in the South East of England Information about SEEDA & Micro and Nano Technology Initiatives

2 Agenda Introductions to Nanotechnology Nanotechnology in the Region Engaging the Region Involvement with the MNT Network Events Recent successes

3 What is Nanotechnology? "Nanotechnology" refers to technology that's really, really small. It is a broad term. Nanotechnology can crop up in a huge range of areas such as physics, chemistry and / or biology. "Nanotechnology" refers to technology that's really, really small. It is a broad term. Nanotechnology can crop up in a huge range of areas such as physics, chemistry and / or biology. Why use Nanotechnology? It can allow things to be stronger, cheaper, thinner, lighter and produce less waste. It can allow things to be stronger, cheaper, thinner, lighter and produce less waste. Where can you use Nanotechnology? Everywhere! As some examples, nanotechnology can provide cleaner glass, better suncreams, store more pictures on your digital camera and beer out of plastic bottles will taste better. Everywhere! As some examples, nanotechnology can provide cleaner glass, better suncreams, store more pictures on your digital camera and beer out of plastic bottles will taste better.

4 Begbroke Science Park “The Basics of Nanotechnology” http://www.begbroke.ox.ac.uk/nanotech/

5 Why the Interest? The Impact of Nanotechnology The potential impact could affect nearly all industries and production. No Government wishes their country to be left behind if there is a new Industrial Revolution The Level of Investment Vast sums of money are being invested by Governments around the world. eg; USA$ 1.4 billion (2004) USA$ 1.4 billion (2004) Japan$ 170 million (1997) -> $ 750 million (2002) Japan$ 170 million (1997) -> $ 750 million (2002) European Union$ 1 billion (2002 - 2006) European Union$ 1 billion (2002 - 2006) United Kingdom£ 90 million (2004 – 2007) United Kingdom£ 90 million (2004 – 2007)

6 University Nanotechnolgy ( Within and near SEEDA)

7 Micro and NanoTechnology Businesses Industrial Baseline was prepared in Summer/Autumn 2004 by the DTI. SEEDA has the highest number of micro and nanotechnology companies of all of the regions. Geographic analysis indicate organic clustering.

8 Business Clusters ( Not to scale – indicative only!)

9 Begbroke Cluster Begbroke Science Park Oxonica Oxford Gene Technology Crystalmaker OMCS Plasma Antennas Yarnton Industrial Estate Oxford Biosensors Exitech Varian (inc Magnex) North Oxford NanoMagnetics Instruments Eynsham Oxford Instruments Langford Business Park Elsevier Publishing Development Potential

10 Building the Links Built a small team to oversee the links within the region between industry, academia and government. It is based on experience already obtained through cluster development. Needed a mix of regional knowledge and scientific expertise. The team:Peter Taylor Robin Gillum-Webb Dr Jason Wiggins Dr Wiggins is an expert in the subject and has links with the following groups: SEEDA, Nano & Micro technology Advisor MNT Network, SEEDA representative Oxford University, Begbroke Science Park

11 SEEDA Role Encourage development of micro and nano technologies in the SE region Primary aims associated with economic development Involvement with the DTI and the MNT network to assist strategic decisions Dissemination of information from the DTI and the MNT network SEEDA is not a funding source

12 Engaging the Region A variety of methods are used A program of company visits is on-going A program of company visits is on-going General information is passed about other regional activities and current government initiatives General information is passed about other regional activities and current government initiatives Try to maintain links to academics and HE groups Try to maintain links to academics and HE groups SEEDA provides mini-conferences and regional roadshows to share knowledge SEEDA provides mini-conferences and regional roadshows to share knowledge

13 The MNT Network

14 A partnership between all of the RDAs & DAs and the DTI Has a dedicated director, Dr Hugh Clare, & a small team has been assembled The RDAs, DAs & DTI have an oversight committee

15 The MNT Forum www.mnt-forum.com www.mnt-forum.com

16 The MNT Network www.mnt-directory.org www.mnt-directory.org

17 MNT Manufacturing Initiative Overview £90 million funding in total £40 million allocated to Capital / Infrastructure Projects £50 million allocated for Collaborative Research Proposals 3 Annual calls 3 Annual calls £15 million allocated in the 1 st call £15 million allocated in the 1 st call Approx. £15 million is under consideration in the 2 nd call Approx. £15 million is under consideration in the 2 nd call Further calls will occur Further calls will occur

18 MNT Manufacturing Initiative Timelines (i) Summer 2003 Initiative announced by Lord Sainsbury November- December 2003 1 st Round call for Capital Projects March 2004 1 st Round call for Collaborative Projects June 2004 2 nd Round call for Capital / Infrastructure Projects Late Summer 2004 Results of 1 st Collaborative Projects call made public Successful Capital / Infrastructure projects informed their applications are progressing to a due diligence stage

19 MNT Manufacturing Initiative Timelines (ii) Autumn 2004 The MNT programme becomes part of the DTI Technology Programme opening opportunities for future funding rounds December 2004 - January 2005 2 nd Round call for Collaborative Projects 2 nd Round call for Collaborative Projects March 2005 3 rd Round call for Capital / Infrastructure Projects is opened A Technology Programme call is opened April 2005 (Planned) Successful Capital / Infrastructure projects announced – Election pending! Autumn 2005 Further calls are made in the Technology Programme

20 How does SEEDA help? Provides essential background knowledge All Government programs require specific information and approach All Government programs require specific information and approach Care in writing the proposal does make a difference Care in writing the proposal does make a difference Provides knowledge of other groups and tries to suggest partners to collaborate with Provides knowledge of other groups and tries to suggest partners to collaborate with Individual visits are essential! Provision of networking for regional companies is essential

21 SEEDA Action Timeline 200320042005 Initial Nanotechnology awareness Oxford Conference Report Commissioned Regional Roadshows Nanotech 2005 (Tokyo) National Tradeshows DTI Technology Programme Day

22 Collaborative Project Successes £15 million has been allocated in the 1 st round Nationally, a total of 25 projects funded Three successful projects from the SEEDA region: AML (Didcot) AML (Didcot) Low Temperature Bonding & Polymer Embossing, Nano Lithography & Structures (LOBEL) MAST Carbon (Guildford) MAST Carbon (Guildford) Micro Fuel Cells for Portable Power Applications Element Six Ltd (Ascot) Element Six Ltd (Ascot) Micromachined Diamond Device Initiative (MIDDI)

23 Capital / Infrastructure Successes Two successful projects from the SEEDA region: Begbroke (Here!) Begbroke (Here!) The “BegbrokeNano” proposal is to offer an open access characterisation and measurement facility. It will build on the existing OMCS service that already offers this type of service AML (Didcot) AML (Didcot) The “Bondcentre” proposal is to provide an open facility for wafer and substrate bonding Information is not fully released as contracts have not yet been finalised National picture will be seen in a matter of weeks

24 Micro and Nanotechnology Business contacts and links SEEDA has links into the MNT clusters in the SE There are quite a few companies in the region in different areas of MNT Help and advise is offered in preparing bids for MNT and Technology Programme funds Please contact SEEDA for more information jasonwiggins@seeda.co.uk

25 Websites for Information Overview: www.mntforum.com MNT Directory: www.mnt-directory.orgSEEDA www.seeda.co.uk


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