Category Archives: Nanotechnology

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Schiff Hardin Partners Present on the Future of Mass Tort Litigation at Lloyd’s Old Library in London

Two partners from Schiff Hardin LLP’s Product Liability & Mass Torts Practice Group spoke about the future of mass tort litigation in the United States at the Lloyd’s Old Library in London on October 20, 2015.  Paul A. Scrudato and Edward Casmere discussed the state of mass tort litigation and its future with a group … Continue Reading

The Third Dimension: Nanoarchitectured Metallic Glass Creates Diverse Manufacturing Possibilities

Yale researchers have uncovered a new technology that may revolutionize the use of metallic glass. By creating metallic glass at the nanoscale (“NMG”) using three-dimensional fabricating technology, these researchers illustrate how manufacturers can reap the benefits of metallic glass, like the complete customization of its chemical properties, without the pitfalls they encountered in past applications, including … Continue Reading

MicroRNA Therapy Delivers Positive Result in Early Mesothelioma Treatment Test

Noting that the result is preliminary and must be evaluated in clinical trials, Australian researchers working with the Asbestos Disease Research Institute published a case report announcing significant improvement for a pleural mesothelioma patient treated with microRNA therapy.  The results were reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.… Continue Reading

The Shape and Size of Carbon Nanotubes Impact the Potential Biological Response

Researchers are continuing to investigate how the shape and size of carbon nanotubes (CNT) affect the pulmonary systems of mice over time.  To answer the question, researchers are depositing CNT of varying sizes, length, and thickness into the lungs of mice and assessing the cellular interactions at varying intervals.  Several recent papers have been published … Continue Reading

Nanotechnology and the Early Detection of Cancer

Imagine being able to accurately detect the existence and type of cancer at its earliest stages by a simple blood test.  Thanks to nanotechnology, that may be possible in the future.  In the December 2014 issue of Nature Nanotechnology, researchers affiliated with the Universidade de Sao Paulo and the IMM-Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid report on their … Continue Reading

Nanomaterials Fight Ozone-Depleting Greenhouse Gases

Researchers have developed a small organic molecule that assembles into a porous structure and absorbs hydrocarbons and their derivatives, many of which are potent greenhouse gases.  The material is lightweight, as well as thermally and hydrolytically stable.  For anyone involved in the emission and capture of greenhouse gases, recent developments in nanotechnology, or just simply … Continue Reading

Nanoparticles May Effectively Treat Diseases With Cell-Specific Therapy

New research suggests that nanoparticles may be effectively used to interfere with the expression of specific genes and provide targeted disease treatment.  A study published in Nature Nanotechnology reports on promising developments involving the use of nanoparticles in gene therapy.   Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Harvard Medical School, University of Colorado, and Technion … Continue Reading

Carbon Nanotubes and Cancer: Potential Cause or Cure?

Are carbon nanotubes helping to cause cancer, cure cancer, both, or neither?  Several years ago, carbon nanotubes shot to mainstream consciousness in large part due to concerns that they may present health risks similar to asbestos fibers.  A 2010 study published in The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found that carbon nanotubes can induce … Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance For the Use of Nanomaterials in Animal Food

The FDA has published draft guidance describing its current position on the use of nanomaterial in food for animals.  See “Guidance for Industry, Use of Nanomaterials in Food for Animals, Draft Guidance,” available at  The draft guidance is aimed at food intended for animal consumption that 1) consists entirely of nanomaterials, 2) contains nanomaterial … Continue Reading

USFDA Issues Guidance Documents For Nanotechnology Products

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has issued three final guidance documents and one draft guidance for the development of nanotechnology products.  The final guidance documents address 1) the FDA’s overall approach for all of the products that it regulates; 2) the effects of significant manufacturing process changes and the safety and regulatory … Continue Reading

NIOSH Proposes Exposure Limits for Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibers

Late last month the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued Current Intelligence Bulletin 65 recommending exposure limits for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) based on the concerns over possible adverse health effects. Citing research studies that demonstrated adverse lung effects on rodents at relatively low-mass doses of CNTs and CNFs, … Continue Reading