One of the world’s leading scientists in nano technology has addressed a summit at the Discovery Park.
Dr Anita Goel spoke at the launch of the World Nano Foundation which is based at the former Pfizer headquarters.
Founder of the foundation, businessman Paul Stannard, said: “It was a real coup to bring Dr Goel to speak in East Kent and I think it’s fair to say that she blew a few minds with what she had to say.”
Dr Goel, whose company Nanobiosym is based in Massachusetts brought a gene radar device with her to the nano technology summit.
It promises to revolutionise treatment of diseases including ebola, HIV and flu when it is licensed for use later this year by providing almost instant diagnosis of the conditions without the need for laboratory conditions.
Mr Stannard hopes to encourage more nano technology businesses to come to East Kent and be based at the Discovery Park. Delegates at the summit on Wednesday were able to take a tour of Building 500 – one of the former Pfizer laboratory sites – at the park.
Mr Stannard said that two nano tec businesses had already chosen to base themselves at Discovery Park, bringing 50 jobs to the area.
He hopes that the World Nano Foundation will bring together scientists, business and governments to develop nano technologies across the world.