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Survey: nano future is in manufacturing

By From the Boston Globe

By Chris Reidy, Globe staff

The success of nanotechnology hinges on manufacturing, according to a new survey.

The survey was prepared by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Small Times magazine, and the survey found that by more than a two-to-one margin, US executives of nanotech companies said that manufacturing is more important to the advancement of the field than basic research.

According to the survey, most executives said their firms plan to share facilities with universities in developing nanotech materials.

UMass Lowell said it has funding and plans on the books for an $80 million nano- and biomanufacturing facility.

"I was gratified to see that the survey validates the approach we're using here at the university," Edward March, executive in residence at UMass Lowell, said in a statement.