Nanomedicine and characterisation: a look back at the 2022 workshop in Paris
On 30 June 2022, LNE organised a nanomedicine workshop in Paris, which brought together more than 60 participants, mainly from industry, including 11 start-ups, 7 SMEs and 5 big companies, from the fields of nanomedicine, instrumentation and service provision.
High-level industry and academics representatives shared the type of nano-objects for which developments are underway in laboratories (LNP, Metal Oxides NPs, Extracellular Vesicles…) and the current needs in terms of characterisation methods to be developed, validated and standardised to help these innovative solutions to reach the market and patients (https://www.lne.fr/fr/evenements/workshop-nanomedecine).
The lessons learned and the regulatory gaps identified by the REFINE project were shared, while the possible interactions with structures such as the ETPN or the NanoFabNet Hub were detailed, as well as funding mechanisms at European level, such as with the European Partnership on Metrology (EPM) with dedicated pre-normative calls organised each year. An overview of the work in progress in the field of standardisation on these topics (ASTM, ISO, VAMAS) was given to illustrate the complexity of the ecosystem and to propose courses of action to better contribute to these essential processes.
The discussions at this very rich event should provide input for a framework document that will be used to draw up a roadmap of future actions in particular within the framework of the NanoMesureFrance Centre that LNE is working to set up with various partners in France to connect it to the NanoFabNet Hub. The aim is to make progress on better characterisation of nanomaterials and related innovations by harmonising methodologies and disseminating good practice in conjunction with key initiatives and players in the field.