Major area of activity


Advectus Life Sciences Inc.

Drug delivery

Polymeric nanoparticles engineered to carry anti-tumour drug across the blood-brain barrier

Alnis Biosciences, Inc.


Biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery


Membrane filtration

Nanoporous ceramic materials for endotoxin filtration, orthopaedic and dental implants, DNA and protein separation



Hydroxyapatite nanoparticles seems to improve dental surface

Biophan Technologies, Inc.

MRI shielding

Nanomagnetic/carbon composite materials to shield medical devices from RF fields

Capsulution NanoScience AG

Pharmaceutical coatings to improve solubility of drugs

Layer-by-layer poly-electrolyte coatings, 8–50 nm

Dynal Biotech

Magnetic beads

Eiffel Technologies

Drug delivery

Reducing size of the drug particles to 50–100 nm

EnviroSystems, Inc.

Surface desinfectant


Evident Technologies

Luminescent biomarkers

Semiconductor quantum dots with amine or carboxyl groups on the surface, emission from 350 to 2500 nm


Tarcking and separation of different cell types

magnetic core surrounded by a polymeric layer coated with antibodies for capturing cells

KES Science and Technology, Inc.

AiroCide filters

Nano-TiO2 to destroy airborne pathogens

NanoBio Cortporation


Antimicrobal nano-emulsions

NanoCarrier Co., Ltd

Drug delivery

Micellar nanoparticles for encapsulation of drugs, proteins, DNA

NanoPharm AG

Drug delivery

Polybutilcyanoacrylate nanoparticles are coated with drugs and then with surfactant, can go across the blood-brain barrier

Nanoplex Technologies, Inc

Nanobarcodes for bioanalysis

Nanoprobes, Inc.

Gold nanoparticles for biological markers

Gold nanoparticles bio-conjugates for TEM and/or fluorescent microscopy

Nanoshpere, Inc.

Gold biomarkers

DNA barcode attached to each nanoprobe for identification purposes, PCR is used to amplify the signal; also catalytic silver deposition to amplify the signal using surface plasmon resonance

NanoMed Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Drug delivery

Nanoparticles for drug delivery

Oxonica Ltd


Doped transparent nanoparticles to effectively absorb harmful UV and convert it into heat

PSiVida Ltd

Tissue engineering, implants, drugs and gene delivery, bio-filtration

Exploiting material properties of nanostructured porous silicone

Smith & Nephew

Acticoat bandages

Nanocrystal silver is highly toxic to pathogenes

Quantum Dot

Luminescent biomarkers

Bioconjugated semiconductor quantum dots

Table 3: Examples of companies commercializing nanomaterials for bio and medical applications.