RUSNANO to Study Sweden’s Government-Supported Nanotechnology Industry

18 November 2009

A RUSNANO delegation headed by CEO Anatoly Chubais will visit Sweden on November 19-20, 2009 to study the support that government offers for innovative developments, share with Sweden’s business and scientific communities the goals and principles that guide RUSNANO’s activities and discuss opportunities to collaborate in commercialization of nanotechnologies with their Swedish counterparts.

The agenda for the visit begins with trips to several nanotechnology companies in the Stokholm-Upsala region: Gammadata Group, Scienta, Acreo, and Micronic Laser Systems. Later Mr. Chubais will meet with Minister of Trade of Sweden Ewa Björling and take part in a seminar at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences to which representatives of Sweden’s business community and government organizations engaged in investigation, use, and commercialization of nanotechnologies have also been invited. During the seminar, Anatoly Chubais will make a presentation on the activities of RUSNANO.

On November 20 the delegation will divide into two groups, one visiting nanotechnology businesses in Malmo and the other in Goteborg. The group headed by Mr. Chubais will visit Malmo’s Nanometer Structure Consortium—developers of technology for production of semiconducting nanothreads and one-dimensional semiconductors—as well as the following companies: GLO, Sol Voltaics, Obducat, and Beacon. The group traveling to Goteborg will visit Nanofactory Instruments, Cellectricon, Smoltek, Midorion, and Promimic.

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GLO
Founded in September 2005, GLO is a technology spin-out of the Nanometer Structure Consortium ("nmC") at Lund University and is focused on commercializing general illumination light-emitting diodes based on the heterostructure nanowire technology developed by Dr. Lars Samuelson, Professor of Solid State Physics, and the world-class team at Lund University. GLO controls a significant portfolio of patents and its applications covering relevant advances made by the Lund team and by GLO itself. The company will continue to enjoy a close working relationship with nmC and will have access to relevant labs and intellectual property developed there under contract terms.

Sol Voltaics
Founded in 2007, Sol Voltaics AB (“Sol”) is a venture-backed, development-stage nanotechnology company focused on development and commercialization of highly efficient, third-generation photovoltaic concentrator solar cells based on its proprietary heterostructured nanowire epitaxial growth and process technologies.

Obducat
Obducat is the world-leading supplier of lithography solutions for manufacturing and replication of advanced micro- and nano- scale structures. The company provides viable and cost-effective lithography solutions that will give a competitive edge to our customers, enabling them to deliver break-through applications and achieve improved profitability and success. Obducat is the first company to commercialize Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) and Electron Beam Recorder (EBR). Today it is the market leader with the largest installed base worldwide of NIL. 

Beakon (former Nanofreeze technologies Lund Ab)
Beakon Technologies is putting a patented Swedish breakthrough physical invention in the field of thermoelectric to use for the benefit of sustainable human life by helping the world convert waste heat, wherever it occurs, back into useful electric energy. The technology can also be applied to more energy efficient cooling and heating, replacing compressors wherever they are used.

Nanofactory Instruments AB
Nanofactory Instruments design and markets a unique scanning probe microscopy instrument incorporated inside a transmission electron microscope sample holder, enabling the user to manipulate and measure several properties on the samples while simultaneously acquiring images with the transmission electron microscopy.

Cellectricon АВ
Cellectricon AB is a Swedish biotechnology tools company that develops microfabricated cell-based tools for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Cellectricon has successfully launched its first product DynaflowTM, an ion-channel drug-screening device, which has already been adopted by major pharmaceutical companies. Cellectricon works at the interface between microtechnology and biology, inventing products that will allow productivity increases primarily in the drug discovery process. The company was formed in 2000
based on an extensive and solid patent portfolio within different areas such as highthroughput electrophysiology, patch clamping, microfluidics, microfabrication, and electroporation..

Smoltek AB
Smoltek develops, manufactures and sells carbon nanostructure based applications for the semiconductor industry. The company’s technology enables corporations and scientists to be in the absolute forefront of research, technical development and production within areas such as nanotechnology, materials science, and microelectronics.

Midorion AB
Midorion AB develops and markets analytical biosensor systems for next generation life science applications. Midorion primarily targets academic laboratories as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies that conduct ground-breaking research. The lab-on-a-chip technologies enables medical researchers to acquire unique information previously beyond reach, and could be a key in order to create better understanding of human diseases.

Promimic AB
Promimic is a Swedish biomaterial company that develops and markets a unique implant surface which has shown to dramatically accelerate osseointegration. The modification can be applied onto various types of substrates, including metals, ceramics and polymers. As a conclusion, the innovation can convert any implant surface, regardless of its dimensions and structure, to a surface that to great extent resembles that of natural human bone tissue.