Enabling Technologies

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  • Topic: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Technology development
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  • Published : January 21, 2013
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0Executive Summary1

1.1.Key Findings and Considerations3

2.0INTRODUCTION6

3.0Key Trends and Drivers9

3.1.Globalisation9

3.2.Energy and the Environment9

3.3.Resource Efficiency and Waste Management10

3.4.Ageing Population10

3.5.Changing Consumer Needs11

4.0Enabling technologies summary table12

5.0Nanotechnology15

5.1.Nanotechnology Global Market Overview16

5.2.Nanotechnology Analysis19

5.3.Drivers22

5.4.Opportunities23

5.5.Barriers26

5.6.Risks30

5.7.Disruptive Potential32

5.8.Nanotools and Platforms33

5.9.Manufactured Nanomaterials and Components38

5.10.Nanodevices and Systems48

6.0Biotechnology55

6.1.Biotechnology Global Market Overview56

6.2.Drivers58

6.3.Opportunities59

6.4.Barriers60

6.5.Risks61

6.6.Disruptive Potential62

6.7.Emerging Biotechnology Techniques63

6.8.Biotechnology Applications70

7.0Synthetic Biology94

7.1.Synthetic Biology Global Market Overview95

7.2.Drivers97

7.3.Opportunities98

7.4.Barriers99

7.5.Risks102

7.6.Disruptive Potential107

7.7.Synthetic Biology Applications108

8.0CONTRIBUTION TO ADDRESSING Australia’s MAJOR NATIONAL CHALLENGES119

8.1.Mining Boom119

8.2.Climate Change122

8.3.Increasing Demand for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources125

8.4.Sustainable Use of Natural Resources133

8.5.Ageing of the Population and Health135

8.6.Food Security145

8.7.Biosecurity149

8.8.Global Competitiveness and Productivity of Australian Industry150

8.9.National Defence and Security155

8.10.Summary160

9.0Influences Affecting the Adoption of Enabling Technologies166

9.1.Challenges in the Uptake of Enabling Technologies in Australia166

9.2.Market-pull Commercialisation167

9.3.Absorptive Capacity167

9.4.Government Support for Research and Enabling Technologies168

9.5.Convergence of Technologies169

9.6.Collaboration between Research and Industry Sectors171

9.7.Incremental, Radical and Transformational Innovation171

9.8.Product Innovation versus Market Innovation172

9.9.Knowledge of Enabling Technologies173

9.10.Regulatory Environment173

9.11.Intellectual Property Rights175

9.12.Ethical Considerations180

10.0list of acronyms184

11.0rEFERENCE LIST186

Executive Summary

In the next ten to twenty years, the bio- and nano- enabling technologies, converging with information technologies and cognitive science, will have a significant impact on society, industry and the consumer, both in Australia and globally. The enabling technologies of nanotechnology, biotechnology and synthetic biology, which is a form of advanced biotechnology, are the subject of this enabling technologies roadmap (ETRM) study. They have the potential to revolutionise science, health, energy, resources, the environment, consumer products and manufacturing processes. Many of the global challenges being faced could potentially be resolved through harnessing the outputs of these enabling technologies, and through successful translation and commercialisation of new products, services and systems. However, enabling technologies also raise specific challenges themselves which must be identified and addressed as these technologies become more readily available.

The National Enabling Technology Strategy (NETS) was established in 2009 to provide a framework to support the responsible development of enabling technologies. Under the Strategy, an Expert Forum was established with the responsibility to undertake foresighting activities to identify ways in which the enabling technologies might contribute to addressing major global and national challenges, and support the development of...
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