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Illuminating Research – A bright future ahead as Nanoco sign a distribution agreement with Sigma-Aldrich

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Nanoco Technologies Ltd, Manchester, UK 18 January 2008

Nanoco Technologies and Sigma-Aldrich are looking at a bright future together with the signing of a distribution agreement and launch of a new range of products based on Nanoco´s leading edge quantum dots.

The first materials available through this collaboration form the new Lumidotâ„¢ range of seven core-shell fluorescent quantum dots . Quantum dots (QDs) are nm-sized semiconductor nanoparticles that emit bright, near-monochromatic light (luminesce) under light or electrical stimulation. Emission color can be tuned by choosing nanocrystal size, making QDs ideal luminophors for cutting-edge applications including ultra-thin displays, solid-state lighting, anti-counterfeit protection, and next-generation solar cells. Nanoco developed unique manufacturing methods for making multi-gram quantities of QDs reproducibly and with precise control of size, structure, and luminescence characteristics. The new core-shell LumidotsTM distributed by Sigma-Aldrich have luminescence colors spanning the entire visible spectrum, in addition to good stability and batch-to-batch reproducibility, essential for research into high-technology applications.

The relationship makes the most of the core skills of both companies. Nanoco is unique in the Nanomaterials market as a company that manufactures large quantities of quantum dots. Sigma-Aldrich provide an excellent distribution channel as they are uniquely positioned to deliver smaller quantities of chemicals to commercial, academic and government labs around the world.

“This partnership is great for both companies and for global research”, said Michael Edelman, CEO of Nanoco Technologies, “It brings Nanoco´s manufacturing expertise together with the excellent distribution network operated by Sigma-Aldrich. We are excited to be working with them to extend the range of nanomaterials available to the worldwide research market. We plan to expand this collaboration by offering new ranges of quantum dots later in 2008 and beyond.”

“The new LumidotsTM are an important addition to our line of nanomaterials products, providing researchers around the world reliable access to high-quality quantum dot nanocrystals. Using these materials, scientists and engineers can focus on developing applications that take advantage of the unique properties of quantum dots. This fits with the main goal of Aldrich Materials Science ndash; we focus on materials so that our customers can focus on results,” said Dr. Ilya Koltover, Product Manager, Aldrich Materials Science.
Sigma-Aldrich will distribute research quantities (less than 1 g) of the quantum dots and the Lumidotâ„¢ range will be supplied as convenient 2 mL and 10 mL solutions in toluene, available to order from the Sigma-Aldrich website.

Nanoco will continue to offer larger quantities of quantum dots to partners who move beyond research to development of commercial QD applications.

About Nanoco (www.nanocotechnologies.com)
Nanoco is a nano-material science company that holds patents related to industrial-scale production of Quantum Dots. Quantum Dots are Fluorescent semi-conducting nanocrystals that can be used in a range of applications from biological imaging to next generation solar cells and displays. The University of Manchester spinout was founded in 2001 and works in partnership with technology driven corporations to bring quantum dot based applications to the market around the world.

Nanoco Technologies present a flagship example of the UK’s ability to transform world-class research into cutting edge business

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Nanoco Technologies is unique in the nanomaterials market as a company that manufacture large quantities of quantum dots and partner major R&D and blue-chip industrial organisations in the development of quantum dot applications. A flagship example of the UK’s ability to transform world-class research into cutting edge business, as recognized by the government organisation, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) who asked Nanoco Technologies’ CEO, Michael Edelman to deliver a Keynote speech to an international audience at the UK NanoForum 2007 held in London on 27 November 2007.

Michael presented a case study on Nanoco Technologies showing how the company and its patented nanotechnology platform have grown from a University of Manchester spin-out to become an independent company enabling the quantum dot market and competing in the global marketplace to be the quantum dot supplier of choice for all application developers.
Nanoco solves the problem of scale manufacturing of quantum dots and leads the world in semi-conductor nanomaterials with a focus on next generation, heavy metal free quantum dots.

“We make strategic partnerships with global application developers and have substantive co-development contracts in place”, said Michael Edelman, “Support from UKTI has been key to our success. I was delighted to be asked to speak at this international nanotechnology conference, a great platform to show our strengths and to acknowledge the support that UKTI have given to help get us where we are in the global marketplace.”

The UK NanoForum was attended by over 350 delegates from over 22 countries.
Other UK companies presenting case studies included QinetiQ, Oxonica and NanoSight.

About Nanoco (www.nanocotechnologies.com)
Nanoco is a nano-material science company that holds patents related to industrial-scale production of Quantum Dots. Quantum Dots are Fluorescent semi-conducting nanocrystals that can be used in a range of applications from biological imaging to next generation solar cells and displays. The University of Manchester spinout was founded in 2001 and works in partnership with technology driven corporations to bring quantum dot based applications to the market around the world.

About UK NanoForum 2007 (www.uknanoforum2007.com)
This one-day conference and exhibition brought over 100 senior international delegates from more than 20 countries together with the best of the UK’s nanotechnology community.
The event included keynote addresses, themed workshops, an exhibition showcasing more than 60 UK nanotechnology companies/universities and extensive partnering opportunities.
With a focus on trade, investment and collaborations, UK NanoForum 2007 provided a networking forum for industry, academia, venture capitalists, technology purchasers and those seeking to develop joint ventures.

About UK Trade & Investment (www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk)
UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy. Its range of expert services are tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximise their international success. We provide companies with knowledge, advice and practical support.

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