AIRI/NanotecIT – The Italian Centre for Nanotechnology – is a national bridging point created by AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research) for connecting industry, public research and governmental institutions.

Its mission is to promote nanotechnology and its applications to the benefit of the Italian industrial system. To this end AIRI/Nanotec IT gathers and disseminates information, promotes co-operation, educates decision-makers and assists SMEs in R&D projects.

The Centre is actively engaged in fostering a multi-stakeholders dialogue for responsible R&D in nanotechnology and is a participant in the Committee for Nanotechnology of UNI, the national regulatory organisation. It also works in co-operation with the National Committee of Bioethics, the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Prevention, Italian Ministries and other Governmental agencies. AIRI/Nanotec IT is the organiser of some of the largest events on nanotechnology in Italy, including workshops specifically devoted to regulation and governance.

The innovation society is an international management- and technology consulting company. We provide professional consulting for a safe and sustainable use of new technologies, risk management, strategy development and communication.

The innovation society consists of an interdisciplinary team of experts from natural sciences, economics and law. As a part of a worldwide network, we cooperate with leading organisations in research, development and production.

We make a difference by excellent, result-oriented and cost transparent consulting services. Our focus always lies on practical and market oriented solutions.

The Institute of Nanotechnology is a unique organization that was established in 1994 to develop and promore all aspects of nanotechnology. It works closely with industry, government, universities and researchers worldwide, and provides information to the general public through its website.

It organizes international scientific events, conferences of interest to business, debates, educational courses and workshops, examining issues such as the role of nanotechnology in as diverse areas as healthcare, textiles, the environment, manufacturing and the developing world. The Institute participates actively in European projects, and is lead partner in Nanoforum (, a fully funded pan-European nanotechnology information network.

The most recent activity of the Institute has been the creation of a nanomedicine network ( which provides information on new developments in nanomedicine aimed at medical professionals, through workshops and a dedicated website. It also aims to bring medical professionals together with researchers and industry to research nano-based solutions to patient-centred problems.

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PDE-5-Blocker work, but possible side effects worry doctors and patients. This also applies to Viagra and related preparations used to treat erectile dysfunction. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York want to minimize the side effects, such as heart problems, by no longer administering the substance in pill form but as an ointment. This is applied directly to the penis; tiny nanoparticles contained in the ointment channel the active ingredient through the skin.

Initial tests of such a local application of various substances with rats have already been very successful: In almost 90 percent of the animals, erectile function improved within a few minutes, report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by George Han and his german colleges from the self help group Impotenz-Selbsthilfe.

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is a large government institute. Its main tasks are to: 1)conduct research; 2)provide policy support; 3)perform national coordination; 4)coordinate intervention programs; 5)provide information to professionals and the general public. RIVM is independent and has sole responsibility for its research and publications. Our knowledge is used to support the Dutch government in formulating its policy. RIVM’s commissioning bodies consist of ministries and various public services, e.g. the inspectorates.

RIVM also carries out activities for international organizations such as the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO). RIVM has extensive expertise in integrated risk assessment in the health, environment, food and non-food sectors and is strongly involved in discussions about the need for new research, regulation and standards in nanotechnology. RIVM hosts the Dutch Obervatory on Risks of Nanotechnology (KIR-nano,

The Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, established in 1993, promotes industrial utilisation of research and development, provides complex technology transfer services and stimulates creation and growth of small innovative businesses. The Technology Centre is the focal point of national information infrastructure for EU Framework Programmes, acts as the National information centre (NICER) for EU FPs, provides targeted, programme-specific information, advice, assistance and training for Czech R&D community, and organises awareness events. It co-ordinates strategic projects aimed at development of innovation policies and identification of national research priorities. The Technology Centre participates in a considerable number of EU projects. In the field of nanotechnology completed projects MINATECH and NANOROADMAP and running project observatoryNANO can be mentioned.