Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Chicago is my kind of (small) town

High-tech tweezers enable nano-assembly lines (Chicago Sun-Times)

    "This technique makes possible nano-assembly lines," said Chicago entrepreneur Lewis Gruber. "You can use it to put things together, twist them, rotate them, fix things in locations at the microscopic or atomic level. It makes possible, for the first time, a factory floor under the microscope capable of manufacturing components and assembling them into products at high throughput, just as is done in the industrial world."

    Gruber is founder, chairman and chief executive of Arryx, a Chicago start-up that is developing and commercializing Grier's holographic laser steering technology, branding it the BioRyx Platform. More

NU professor wins award (Chicago Sun-Times)
    Chad A. Mirkin, a Northwestern University professor and founder of Nanospehere, the Northbrook nanotech life sciences company, has been awarded the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award. Mirkin will use the $2.5 million prize for further research on biological behavior at the cellular level using nanotech tools. Ultra-sensitive protein detection is one million times more sensitive than current techniques, potentially making possible earlier diagnosis of conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease. More
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