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What is nanobiotechnology?

Nanobiotechnology represents the future of medicine and healthcare. It is a field of research that seeks new solutions to health and environmental problems by combining physical sciences and engineering with life sciences and medicine at the molecular scale. This exciting frontier of discovery is generating new therapies, devices, diagnostic tools, and deeper knowledge about the relationship between cells and disease. It’s a tiny science with huge research and technological potential.

How small is nanotechnology?

Very small. A single nanometer (nm) is about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Nanotechnology manipulates matter less than 1,000 nm long. Atoms and molecules are the building blocks for nanotechnology and are typically 0.1 nm to 10 nm long. Scientists work at scales smaller than conventional optical microscopes allow, so manipulating matter at these sizes require specialized tools and devices.

Why was INBT created?

To solve complex scientific and technological problems associated with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, multidisciplinary teams must work on these problems together. The interface between nanotechnology and biotechnology involves synthesis and fabrication of materials and devices, surface and molecular engineering, in vitro studies, animal studies, and clinical trials. To be successful in nanobiotechnology, institutions need a strong base in engineering, the physical sciences, biology, medicine, and public health. Johns Hopkins University is one of the few institutions in the world with all of the necessary components to create a successful nanobiotechnology center and to establish a leadership role in this field.

Who funds INBT?

Since INBTs launched in May 2006, supportive funding is provided by the following Johns Hopkins schools: Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. INBT also has industry-affiliated programs open to companies involved in aspects of nanobiotechnology such as drug and gene delivery, biomedical imaging, medical diagnostics, medical instrumentation, cell sorting and separations, biosensors, and materials and chemicals. Individual research and education projects are funded by federal agencies, private foundations, and philanthropy.

I would like to support INBT. How do I make a donation?

Anyone can support the research efforts of INBT faculty and students. Any size donation is welcome, and without the support of individuals like you, we could not accomplish our mission.