Who's blawging Nanotechnology?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Blawg, as you might already know, is a term coined by Denise Howell for "law blogs". I searched nanotechnology on Blawg Republic to see who's blogging bout it and I came up with some results:

  1. Patent Barista, a patent Blawg discuss the FDA's formation of a Nanotech Taskforce on one of its post:
    We've said that nanotech is the next big thing in biotech. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has formed an internal task force to focus on the use of nanotechnology materials in drugs, medical instruments, and other products regulated by the agency. The new task force is charged with determining regulatory approaches that encourage the continued development of innovative, safe and effective FDA-regulated products that use nanotechnology materials. This comes as the Motley Fools warn everyone to "Beware the Nano Lawyers!" (sounds like a great Hollywood thriller) .

    Demand for nanotech health-care products is projected to hit $6.5 billion in 2009, up from $906 million in 2004, according to a 2005 report from the Freedonia Group. The total market may exceed $100 billion by 2020. Sales of pharmaceuticals created or modified with nanoparticles will grow to $16.6 billion by 2014.
  2. Prof Solum's Legal Theory Blog cite an SSRN paper on Nanotechnology (I have once discuss the paper on my previous post):
    Abbott, Gopalan, Marchant, & Sylvester on Nanoregulation Kenneth W. Abbott , Sandeep Gopalan , Gary E. Marchant and Douglas J. Sylvester (Arizona State University - College of Law , Arizona State University - College of Law , Arizona State University College of Law and Arizona State University College of Law) have posted International Regulatory Regimes for Nanotechnology on SSRN

  3. Safetylex, a health law blog wrote about FDA's response to nanotech and:
    For an overview of health issues related to nanotechnology in the workplace, see Hazards magazine's collection of articles here and Andrew Maynard's presentation here. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also maintains an informative website regarding emerging health and safety issues related to nanotechnology. Later this year, NIOSH is co-sponsoring a conference in Cincinnati, Ohio examining current research and issues in this area
  4. Blog 702 discussed the Office Safety and Health aspects of Nanotech:
    By some estimates, nanotechnology will become a $2.6 trillion industry within ten years. Right now, there are basically no regulatory standards. Of the $1.2 billion earmarked for the federal government's National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2007, only about 0.2% is allocated to studying workplace safety issues. See Rick Weiss, Nanotech Raises Worker-Safety Questions, Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2006, at A1.
  5. The Environment, an environmental law and litigation department of Lowenstein Sandler posted EPA findings on nanomaterials hazard:
    The Washington post reported this weekend that EPA specifically approved the first nano-scale materials for pre-manufacture, or research purposes, under the low release and exposure exemption under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The first nano-scale materials approved are small scale carbon tubes, which may find uses in manufacturing flat screen televisions, clear coatings and fuel cells. There is significant controversy surrounding the manufacture and use of nano-size materials given the unknowns regarding potential health and environmental effects.
  6. EEJD, a law and technology blog posted a link on USTPO's class 977 patent for nanotech:
    AZoNanotechnology provides an Overview of the Current Climate and Explanation of Classification 977

It is understandable that so far, not so many blawg adresses Nanotech issue, as the discipline is still emerging and there are lacks of scientific data to create regulation. Nanotechnology Law is really at the very early years of its birth.