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Nanobiotechnology, the manipulation of extremely small particles of matter, holds big promise for North Carolina and for the world.

It’s a sector of research and business capitalizing on a wide range of applications made possible because particles at such small sizes exhibit unusual, often useful properties.

A stack of about 100,000 “nanoparticles” equals the thickness of a piece of paper. Scientists can form them into shapes that perform specific functions — like hollow beads that transport therapeutic molecules through the bloodstream and deposit them where they’re most effective at fighting cancer or infection.

Analyzer. Courtesy of Advance Liquid Logic

Big Business Starts with Tiny Particles

Advance Liquid Logic, a Research Triangle Park firm spun out of Duke University with the help of a Biotechnology Center loan, uses nano-sized droplets of blood for high-speed diagnostic tests. It’s called “lab-on-a-chip” technology, because it shrinks big jobs into miniscule spaces.

Advance Liquid Logic is one of some 75 N.C. companies wielding nanotechnology applications. And because the possibilities for more are almost endless, North Carolina intends to be a big player in the nano world.

A few examples:

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