Nanotechnology: Sold in a Store Near You! Online Nanotech Consumer Products Inventory Grows to Over 300 Items: Food, Cosmetics, Auto, Household, Electronics, Sporting Goods ...

EMBARGOED 12:01 A.M. OCT. 5, 2006

Oct 04, 2006, 01:00 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for the future? Skip the
 Kennedy Space Center, Bell Labs, and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of
 Technology). Search instead for nanotechnology consumer products sold on
 the Internet and everywhere from Sharper Image, Brooks Brothers and L.L.
 Bean stores, to Bloomingdale's, Circuit City and local Mercedes-Benz
     Want to find out more about the consumer products which manufacturers
 identify as using nanotechnology or nanoscale materials? Log on to the
 nanotechnology consumer products inventory developed by the Woodrow Wilson
 Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies:
     It's free, easy to use, and it has just been updated to include over
 320 items. What products are new since the nanotechnology consumer products
 inventory was first launched in March 2006?
     *  Food storage bags and containers available through Sharper Image which
        the company claims are "infused with naturally antibacterial silver
     *  Bed linen sold at JCPenney guaranteeing the "ultimate nanotechnology
        performance" and a "breathable sheet that's engineered to keep you cool
        and comfy."
     *  "NANO B-12 Vitamin Spray" about which the manufacture says "your
        children will love the taste, it's like candy."
     *  A dietary supplement that promises youth-seeking buyers "the highest
        bioavailability with a first-ever nanotechnology process and advanced
        levels of key anti-aging nutrients in a comprehensive formula."
     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold its first public
 meeting on FDA-regulated products containing nanomaterials on October 10,
 2006. FDA has limited authority over regulating certain categories of
 products -- including many of the products claiming to use nanotechnology
 found in the Project's online inventory. For example, there is no
 pre-market approval of cosmetic products or their ingredients, except color
     Currently, there are about 30 products in the U.S., and a total of 58
 products from around the world described in English as "cosmetics" in the
 Project's nanotechnology consumer products inventory. A similar inventory
 in Japan contains over 86 nanotechnology cosmetic products sold in that
 country alone.
     The inventory is limited to consumer products only, which are clearly
 identified by manufacturers or distributors as nanotechnology-based. It
 does not include industrial uses or applications of nanotechnology.
     About Nanotechnology
     Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate, and
 manufacture things at an atomic and molecular scale, usually between 1 and
 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. The head of a pin
 is 1 million nanometers wide.
     The market opportunity for nanotechnology is substantial.
 Nanotechnology was incorporated into more than $30 billion in manufactured
 goods in 2005 -- more than double the previous year. In 2014, Lux Research
 projects that $2.6 trillion in global manufactured goods will incorporate
 nanotechnology, or about 15 percent of total output. The U.S. invests
 approximately $3 billion annually in nanotechnology research and
 development, which accounts for approximately one-third of the total public
 and private sector investments worldwide.
     The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is an initiative launched by
 the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2005. It is dedicated to
 helping business, government and the public anticipate and manage possible
 health and environmental implications of nanotechnology. For more
 information about the project, log on to
     Contact: Sharon McCarter
              Phone: (202) 691-4016
              Jenny Zawila
              Phone: (202) 336-7962

SOURCE Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars