The project ProNano is a pilot study of the market potential for a pilot production facility for nanotechnology. The facility is aimed at researchers and companies interested in developing pilot products and products with industry standard, without having to invest in expensive equipment by themselves.
A common problem for universities and start-ups, is that universities have the infrastructure to make a single prototype of a product but lack the possibilities to test the scalability. In Sweden, there are no national pilot production facilities for nanotechnology that accommodates the need of companies rather than universities above a certain scale. As a consequence many start-ups have to move abroad, for example to Silicon Valley, in order to grow and develop further.
The aim of this project is to investigate the market for a pilot production facility for nanotechnology. The intention is to create a facility that is unique in Northern Europe, both in terms of technology and access to the university infrastructure. Such a facility would be situated in Science Village Scandinavia, close to ESS and Max IV at Brunnshög in Lund. The pre study will analyze the market case – if the market is big enough, the next question will be what type of facility is needed and what national, regional and international possibilities there are regarding the funding and running of such an infrastructure.
This project is initiated by NanoLund (former Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University) and is conducted in collaboration with Lund University, Region Skåne and Medicon Village with representation from industry, academia and authorities.
Yvonne Mårtensson, former CEO Cellavision AB is the project manager.