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Title: Bringing NANOtechnologies

Bringing NANOtechnologies TO LIFE
Nano2Life About
Nano2Life (N2L) is the first European Network of
Excellence in nanobiotechnology supported by the
European Commission under the 6th Framework
Programme. Its objective is to support Europe
position as a competitive player and to make it
a leader in nanobiotechnology transfer by merging
existing European expertise and knowledge in the
field of Nanobiotechnology. Founded in 2004, N2L
comprises 23 major European organizations and 41
industrial companies within the field
of Nanobiotechnology as well as associate members
from EU candidate countries, South Korea, Japan,
Australia and North America. The Network acts as
an European nanobio think tank supporting a
strong exchange of knowledge, ideas and
vision among its members through the incubation
of joint research projects the networking of
intellectual and technical resources new
education and training courses and
the transferring of technology.
Nano2Life About
Nano2Life aims at setting the basis for a virtual
European Nanobiotech Institute, focused on the
understanding of the nanoscale interface between
biological and non-biological entities, and its
possible applications in the area of complex and
integrated novel sensor technologies for health
care, pharmaceuticals, environment,
security, food safety, etc. The benefits for
citizens from nanobiotechnological research
are expected to be several, for example the
development of a more personalised and less
invasive medicine, and more thorough
control measures of the environment and food The
medical benefits are based on the
miniaturisation, sensitivity and integration of
several functions in a single device. This will
bring a more sensitive and faster medical
diagnosis a more efficient therapy with less
side effects, and new artificial replacements of
deficient functions in regenerative medicine.
Nano2Life About
In order to accomplish its goals, N2L has more
than 200 scientists presently involved in a Joint
Programme of Activity (JPA) aiming at
creating the first ever technological roadmap
for Nanobiotechnology, identifying the
key bottlenecks that need to be overcome in
Nanobiotechnology, founding the first
European Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects
Board (ELSA) in the field of Nanobiotechnology,
implementing a scientific programme focused
on twelve strategic research areas,
considered as key areas for the future
development of innovative nanobio-devices,
constituting a durable and long lasting
integration of the network partners
Nano2Life Research Projects
Strengthening European excellence
Nanobiotech presents a unique challenge in that
it must navigate between two different scientific
worlds nanotech versus life sciences i.e.,
physicists, chemists and engineers on one side,
biologists and medical doctors on the other. The
new knowledge and brand new concepts will come
out of this merging. The merging is a challenging
task, as the background, the way of doing and
thinking science and obviously the terminology
of the scientists involved is wide and
different.  The accomplishment of this long and
complicated process is envisioned as important
for "Strengthening European excellence Via
Integrated Projects". On the long road for the
goal, it is necessary to define some
common vision about scientific and technological
goals and bottlenecks to overcome, on the basis
of current research activities.
Nano2Life Research Projects
Joint Program of Activities (JPA)
  • It is believed that some of the bottlenecks and
    the goals could much
  • better addressed by tackling the issues with a
    broad expertise
  • scientific base. As initial part of the task, our
    Joint Program of
  • activities (JPA) is driven by the following
    objectives ? To identify gaps which limit
    fundamental and technological
  • breakthrough in nanobiotechnology
  • To identify and prioritize research topics and
  • according to existing expertise and to
    scientific and industrial
  • needs
  • ? To initiate and support new research seed
    projects and fellowships

Nano2Life Research Projects
Joint Program of Activities (JPA)
These objectives are negotiated via the following
activities ? Regular plenary meetings of all
actors ? Mobility program for facilitating
ad-hoc cooperation initiative ? Cooperation
with education and training activities of the
network. A continuous effort to facilitate the
interaction between scientists and experts of
different disciplines is what the activity is is
all about. Once a biologist, as an example, is
discussing biological issues with an engineer or
a physicists, new concepts, approaches and
vertical fertilization occurs. In the beginning
of the N2L project, most of the activities
are restricted to N2L partners, but will be
opened to a broader public later. The research
activities are organised by WP 7, on which page
you will find further information.
Nano2Life Research Projects
Strategic research programmes
The SRP goal is to lay ground and built a
platform of multidisciplinary RD in nanobiotech,
involving basic research and industry while
supporting the N2L general objectives 1)
becoming an EU reference network in nanobiotech 
2) transforming the SRP into European task
forces in their specific areas of
expertise. The basic approach of the N2L research
programme remains a bottom up approach based on
creativity and novel ideas initiated by the labs.
Each SRP would define its relevant scope as broad
as possible, taking into consideration its
structure, its members and other parameters such
as local thursts, socio-economic factors,
environmental issues, ethics impacts, gender
issues etc. The SRP are places where all
volunteer scientists of N2L can participate by
bringing their own science, technology or
expertise. The SRP shoudl be places of excellence
where the latest science and technology should
be discussed and made available.
Nano2Life Research Projects
Strategic research programmes
The 12 SRP include 6 technology driven SRP
(SRP-T) and 6 application driven (SRP-A)
Surface functionalisation and nano patterning
Protein, DNA and cell chips Non-carbon
nanotubes, nanoscale assemblies and self
assemblies In-vivo nano-imaging In vivo
cell and tissue analysis Bioanalytics
instrumentation Cancer related
nanodiagnostics Nano-bio-info-cogno applied
to neurodegenerative medicine Cell biology
Environment monitoring and security In vitro
toxicology Drug delivery including
Nano2Life EducationTraining
Spreading of excellence
An important part of Nano2Lifes Joint Programme
of Activity is related to education and skills
development. Currently, the chronic shortage of
skilled human resources remains a barrier to
rapid progress of excellent Research
Develpoment in the nanobiotech sector
maintenance of the current rate of expansion in
the field transfer of skills to the industrial
sector training of new scientists and
engineers to the required level of excellence
To avoid a shortage in these areas, the partners
of Nano2Life agreed to set up in the next 3 years
  • a European M.Sc. course in nanobiotech based on
    the accreditation of currently
  • independent initiatives

a mobility programme for exchange of Ph.D.
students, postdoctoral fellows and senior
scientists especially between different
disciplines (physics biology) to facilitate
the necessary transfer of skills and knowledge
and to improve communication and understanding
training courses to transfer key technologies
and know-how generated within Nano2Life to
industry, which will be organised by partners
already experienced in this kind of further
Nano2Life EducationTraining
The implementation of this plan relies on 9
universities and it is the main objective of a
dedicated Education Training Work Package (WP).
The main objectives of this WP are
to identify existing courses (including
e-learning), workshops, summer schools,
academic degree structure and available resources
  • to identify current needs in education and
  • to apply the Nano2Life label to relevant
    courses and degrees
  • to develop a Nano2Life-unified curriculum and
    study programmes for academic
  • degrees

to organise training programmes for founding
and associated partners (academia, industry and
other bodies)
  • to coordinate external efforts for fellowships
    and exchange training programmes
  • to use workshops and summer schools to promote
    and facilitate Nano2Life-wide
  • activities

Nano2Life ExpertiseTechnologies
Sharing the resources
The partners possess wide-ranging scientific
and technical expertise and a range of
state-of-the-art equipment and facilities which
are crucial to the development and
characterisation of devices and systems
addressing the Nano2Life vision and
scientific objectives. The resources invested by
the partners in programmes in nanobiotech amounts
to 870 scientists and about 87 Million Euros per
year. An initial audit of expertise, know-how and
facilities is being undertaken and analysed with
respect to identified requirements.
Nano2Life ExpertiseTechnologies
This map of expertise, facilities, equipment
accessibility and capability will directly guide
and underpin project location decisions for the
Joint Research Programme (JRP). This JRP will
seek to benchmark key clusters of expertise and
facilities across Europe that contribute
to European Research in the field of nanobiotech
aiding our global competitiveness to ensure
Europe is well-placed to lead in these areas.
This global benchmarking will guide new national
and European investments to maintain Europes
position at the leading edge of this technology.
Nano2Life ExpertiseTechnologies
Ongoing Action
A web based inventory tool has been published to
the Nano2Life partners to gather information
regarding significant equipment. The accumulating
data currently numbering 700 items is displaying
a wide variety of facilities within the N2L
community. Analysis of this data will allow for
the identification of the geographical clustering
of equipment. This will enable N2L members to
determine the most appropriate choice by distance
or cost when considering using the resources of a
fellow N2L institution. Further to the
inventory of equipment a collation of recent
research activity performed by scientists within
the N2L network is being conducted. Once this
information gathering exercise has been
completed, it will be offered to the N2L partners
for verification before being published on the
wider community. It is proposed that this
resource will take the form of a searchable
database. The user will insert keywords, and will
be directed to a list of N2L scientists active in
that field. In addition it will be possible to
view the publications of each scientist.