Nanobiotechnology Aims Small but Thinks Big.
In 2006 Johns Hopkins established the first nanobiotechnology institute.
It's fascinating to see how they phrased their press release back in those early days.
Nanobiotechnology Team Aims Small but Thinks Big
Johns Hopkins Launches Institute to Apply Emerging Science to Medical Problems
The Johns Hopkins University is preparing to aim enormous research and educational resources at some exceedingly small targets.
Drawing on the expertise of more than 75 faculty members from such diverse disciplines as engineering, biology, medicine and public health, the university today officially launched its ambitious new Institute for NanoBioTechnology.
The institute will strive for major advances in medicine by developing new diagnostic tools and treatments based on interdisciplinary research conducted at the atomic or molecular level. The institute will encourage the movement of these campus breakthroughs into the private sector for further development and marketing. At the same time, institute members will train the next generation of scientists and engineers in this emerging field, offering both graduate-level instruction and a new undergraduate minor in nanobiotechnology.
"Our goal is to establish Johns Hopkins as the world's top research center for nanobiotechnology," said Peter Searson, a professor of materials science and engineering who is director of the institute. "We plan to do this in a way that integrates research, education and technology transfer."
The interface between nanotechnology and biotechnology creates a new frontier for scientific exploration, enabling the development of new technologies at scales unimagined even a few years ago.
Nanotechnology explores the creation of new tools at one to one-hundred nanometers in length. At one-billionth of a meter, working in nanometers offers scientists opportunities for discovery and the development at a scale 1,000 times smaller than microscopic techniques. In the same way, biotechnology, combining the traditional fields of biology, engineering, and medicine has advanced in recent years, with the development of ever-smaller devices and techniques that enable new types of less-invasive medical diagnostics and therapeutics.
The Institute for Nanobiotechnology has been established at Hopkins to bring together expertise from the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, biology, medicine, and engineering to enable the creation of new knowledge and new technologies. In partnership with research facilities and universities throughout the country, the INBT will revolutionize health care and medicine by creating groundbreaking technologies based on nanotechnology.