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The Impacts of Nanotechnology on Companies: Policy Insights from Case Studies

The document compares international information on how different types of companies are affected by nanotechnology, how they use it in their innovative activities, how they acquire or develop relevant competences, as well as on the specific commercialisation challenges they face. It also looks at the different role that new and small as well as larger companies will play in the commercialisation of nanotechnology. This report, based on 51 company case studies, seeks to to add to previous studies and to suggest areas for future work. The case studies are drawn from 17 countries and cover a range of company sizes, nanotechnology sub-areas and fields of application. They provide qualitative insights into the commercialisation of nanotechnology from the viewpoint of companies and thus complement studies which have relied primarily on publication and patent data or statistical surveys. NB: only the Executive Summary is freely available; the full report is available here (at a cost):


The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology. was established in March 2007 to advise upon emerging policy issues of science, technology and innovation related to the responsible development of nanotechnology. It is a subsidiary group of, and receives its mandate from, the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). in undertaking its work, the work of the WPN complements the activities of other OECD committees and other organisations. The OECD Chemicals Committee Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (established in 2006) is working on international co-operation in health-related and environmental safety-related aspects of manufactured nanomaterials.


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  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
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