Partnering opportunity

UK-based SME seeks manufacturers for their functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles


A UK-based SME is developing a range of functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles with enhanced properties which can be replaced with metallic counterparts at a lower cost. The SME is looking for a partner to manufacture these nanoparticles for applications in the medical sector with the partnership envisage as a manufacturing agreement.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

The UK-based SME is looking for manufacturers who have technical expertise in the field of nanoparticles and would be able to manufacture non-metallic nanoparticles in a range of quantities required for late stage research and development to early stage commercialisation, ideally up to kg scale. They should also be able to manufacture to medical sector requirements such as Good Laboratory Practice.

Partner sought

The UK-based SME is looking for manufacturers with experience and expertise in the production of functionalised nanoparticles. In particular potential partners should have experience of operating in the pharmaceutical and / or medical devices sectors and so be able to manufacture to required standards such as to Good Laboratory Practice. They should also be able to manufacture in a range of quantities to supply the SME from research to early commercialisation stages, preferably up to kg scale. The SME would be expecting the partner to manufacture their functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles under a manufacturing agreement.


Nanoparticles are used for a range of applications in the medical and health fields, such as for surface coatings, drug delivery and for research.These nanoparticles tend to be metallic, such as gold or silver, and as a result are expensive. A UK-based SME is developing functionalised non-metallic nanoparticles using elements such as silica, alumina or carbon to provide the functional benefits of more conventional nanoparticles but at a lower costs. The SME is developing these nanoparticles for a range of applications such as biomolecular research, drug delivery and as coatings for medical devices as well as for antimicrobial surfaces. The SME is looking to partner with another company who would be able to manufacture the non-metallic nanoparticles to the standards required by the healthcare sector such as Good Laboratory Practice. The partner should also be able to manufacture in a range of quantities enabling the SME to scale from research and development to early commercialisation. It is envisaged that the partnership will take the form of a manufacturing agreement.

Advantages and innovations

The advantages of the SMEs functionalised non-metallic nanoparticle technology are: low costs, novel technology, wide range of applications, environmental friendly

Development stage

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Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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