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Importance and Best Practice of Early Stage Nanotechnology Investments
Volume 7, Issue 1

Gunter Festel, Alexander Schicker, and Roman Boutellier

Nanotechnology is expected to play a key role in the 21st century with big market potentials in numerous applications. This article analyzes importance, attractiveness and best practices of early stage technology investments in this area. Based on a value chain analysis, a gap can be identified between academic research and the commercialization of research, which represents a serious barrier in innovation processes. The missing link is primarily money and management know-how, but also the vision of how a specific technology could be transformed into a commercially viable application. This gap can be best overcome with founding angels, who together with appropriate partners from research, found start-up companies to further develop research results and later, alone or together with an industrial partner, commercialize a technology. This report shows how such a business model is already being successfully implemented in the U.K. and the U.S., and also provides other examples from Germany and Switzerland.

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