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Nanosys obtains nanotech rights from Berkeley, Columbia

Posted: 11 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nanocomposite material? intellectual property? berkley national laboratory? columbia university? solar cell?

Nanosys Inc. has signed exclusive licensing agreements for world-wide rights to a broad set of intellectual properties covering materials and technologies of nanocomposite solar cells developed by two nanotechnology centers: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Columbia University. The licensed patents cover important aspects of nanocomposite solar cells based on inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials such as nanocrystals, nanorods and nanowires.

"In the development of a new industry, it's important to control the intellectual property," commented Nanosys cofounder and Director of Business Development, Dr. Stephen Empedocles. "These broad-reaching patents cover some of the most fundamental aspects of nanocomposite solar technology based on inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials, substantially strengthening our position in this field. Combined with our latest $38 million financing and our recent partnership with Matsushita Electric Works, these licenses will help us accelerate this technology into the market."

Nanosys has already established its first major corporate partnership in this area with Matsushita Electric Works to jointly develop and incorporate these nanocomposite solar cells into building materials for residential and commercial facilities in Asia. Multiple corporate partnerships in other solar markets and other areas of the world are being established as well.

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