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CCMX Technology Aperitif

On October 9th 2014 the CCMX (Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology) together with Empa will host the Technology Aperitif on "How safe is safe enough - Translating Nanoscience to applications". From 14 - 18 o'clock experts from research, industry and regulatory agencies are meeting at Empa, St. Gallen (Switzerland) to discuss current issues of nanotechnology.


The use of engineered nanomaterials holds great promise for many industrial and medical applications. Over the last decades an important number of nanotechnological innovations in diverse fields such as electronics, energy, textiles as well as medicine have been made. However the majority of those never made their way from a proof of concept stage towards application. A first transfer approach of NCI-NCL is quite successful in the field of cancer treatment, but further initiatives are pretty much lacking. One reason for this is the still controversial discussion about potential adverse health effects of nanomaterials. Furthermore standardized methods to reliably detect these effects are still largely missing; thus preventing the translation from research to application – from bench to bedside. In a new, CCMX funded initiative Empa and EPFL together with industrial partners as well as regulatory agencies address exactly this gap.



Join experts from leading research institutions, industries and regulatory bodies to discuss the current state of research, industrial, public as well as regulatory needs and potential solutions to accelerate the translation from basic research to safe and sustainable applications.


Further Information on the Event, Programme and Location can be found in the Programme Flyer (PDF; 750 kB) or by visiting http://www.ccmx.ch/news-amp-events/news-single/article/224/182/.


When : 9. October 2014, 14:00-18:00

Where: Empa, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, St. Gallen, Switzerland



Participation in the event is free of charge but registration is mandatory to participate. Please register online via the following link http://inform.epfl.ch/index.php?form=Apero_techno_Empa. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, 30th September 2014 (12:00).



  • Dr. Nathalie Jongen (CCMX / +41 21 693 4696)
  • Ms. Kyrena Schäpper (Empa / +41 58 765 766)


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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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