Tag Archives: Venture Capital

What is Cool About Additive Manufacturing? PTO Event Today Shows the Latest for This Economic Engine

I attended today the USPTO partnership meeting on “additive manufacturing” (aka 3D Printing). The content was excellent, covering both talks and demonstrations. Companies presenting included 3D Systems, Stratasys, Shapeways, MakerBot, Ex One, and EOS. Several hundred persons attended, including in person and via the web, and the room energy was excellent throughout the three hours plus of content. The 3D printing … Continue reading this entry

Nanomedicine Showing its Value ....and the Press is Noticing

The Economist, one of the more worthy media sources these days for connecting technology to larger society, included a page on nanomedicine in its special issue, “The World in 2013.” (page 128). The article is by Professors Omid Farokhzad and Rober Langer and focuses on bio nanotechnology from BIND Biosciences. BIND recently announced a development deal with Amgen. Professor … Continue reading this entry

Commercialization of Self-Healing Coatings: AMI Funded in Round B

Miracles of nature and science are all around us, and one of them is the abilty of an organism to heal itself.  If skin is cut, the skin can repair itself.  Can that concept also be applied to synthetic materials and coatings?  One company trying to commercialize the concept is Autonomic Materials, Inc. (AMI).  In … Continue reading this entry

Venture Capital Investment in Advanced Materials? Need for Investment Breadth

Interesting recent article by Professor Josh Lerner on venture capital investing, including a reference to advanced materials (“The Narrowing Ambitions of Venture Capital,” September 6, 2012, Technology Review). Lerner presents a seemingly pessimistic view of the current venture capital world noting sub-themes of the limited scope of investment objectives, too many boom-and-bust cycles, and “mercurial” public markets.  (side note: … Continue reading this entry

Updates on Cleantech and Nanotech Venture Capital

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is participating in a statement responsive to the “No More Solyndras Act.”  The gist is to not “throw the baby out with the bathwater” in “fixing” the government programs that led to the Solyndra problems. NVCA also reports life sciences investing (biotech and medical devices) was down in Q2, … Continue reading this entry

Nano-Terra Gets an Early $17.2M Christmas Gift This Week

One of the most interesting and important nanotech high tech companies is Cambridge, Mass. platform company, Nano-Terra, which has a history now over five years and traces back to George Whitesides, per their webpage (www.nanoterra.com). This week, Nano-Terra received an additional round of funding for $17.2M per SEC filings and media reports. Nano-Terra, briefly, seeks to commercialize micro … Continue reading this entry

Nanotech, Cleantech, and Lerner's Book: Give Thanks for What Government is Doing?!

Last year, Josh Lerner published another provocative book, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed – and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 2009). Why bring this up now? Two reasons include: The ten year anniversary of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is at hand, and … Continue reading this entry

$24 Million this Week for Nanopharmaceuticals: More to Come for Nano Biotechnology?

This week’s feature: a VC arm of big pharma, Lilly Ventures, led a new round of $24 M in financing for nanopharmaceutical company Cerulean Pharma (Cambridge, MA-based), per media reports. The round was termed a C-round, and the total raised to date is reported to be $56 M.   One of the central ideas for this technology is to … Continue reading this entry

Navigating Public Policy: NanoBusiness Alliance's 9th Annual Washington D.C. Roundtable

The 9th Annual Washington D.C. Roundtable, the official public policy forum of the NanoBusiness Alliance, will take place on March 15 – 17, 2010, with informative legislative meetings as well as networking among nanotechnology industry leaders. In particular, the March 17th Federal Roundtable session is expected to draw business leaders, investors, venture capitalists, scientists, engineers, … Continue reading this entry

A123Systems Awarded $249 Million Grant

Venture capital investment and government grants fuel the greentech explosion in the United States. However, due to the recent economic downturn, money from venture capital has been dwindling to a trickle. In fact, many predict that as much as half of U.S. venture capital firms will disappear as a result of the current economic downturn (House Select … Continue reading this entry