Nanotechnology and the Developing World. Peter A. Singer McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health Program in the Life Sciences, Ethics, and Policy University Health Network and University of Toronto. Greatest ethical challenge of our time. United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
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Peter A. Singer
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
Program in the Life Sciences, Ethics, and Policy
University Health Network and
University of Toronto
cannot be achieved
without a focused policy for science, technology and innovation
Which nanotechnologies are most likely to benefit people in developing countries?
UNITED KINGDOM developing countries?
63 panelists in 26 countries
Top 10 nanotechnologies for the developing world developing countries?
PLoS Med 2006; 2(5): e97
IV developing countries?
Improve maternal health
Reduce child mortality
Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria,
and other diseases
Eradicate extreme poverty
Top 10 nanotechnologies vs.
Millennium Development Goals
Dendrimers developing countries?
Lab on a chip
Quantum developing countries?
Decreasing infrastructure requirement of developing countries?
malaria diagnostic tests saves most lives
Rafael ME et al. Nature 2006; 444, 39-48
Strong and sustained political will developing countries?
Close linkages, active knowledge flow
Focused efforts in niche areas
Temporarily permissive IP environment for initial capacity building
Private sector developmentDomestic innovation needed in developing world
Examples of nanotechnology innovation developing countries?in the developing world
Nano bone (Tsinghua University)
Polymer nanocomposites for controlled drug release, nanoscaffolds, and dental materials
Court E. et al. Nanotechnology 15, 3 (2004)
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