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About MANA®

Nanotechnology is no small matter in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Rich in academic, scientific and corporate resources, the region is well poised to move the promise of new materials and medicines from the lab to the marketplace.

Today, these scientific breakthroughs to commercial applications are unfolding in a variety of areas in the tri-state region - from the development of lightweight army fatigues that resist chemical weapons to portable labs that provide instant analysis for everything from diabetes to HIV. And it's all happening in the Mid-Atlantic Region - more specifically in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.


MANA: The Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Alliance is a collaboration to develop and position the tri-state region as a global hub for the expanded research, development, application and commercialization of nanotechnology. Its primary purpose is to facilitate a multi-state partnership through:

  • Securing and attracting funding for research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology;
  • Developing and disseminating information and knowledge including best practices, policy & planning, informed investment, and emerging opportunities; and
  • Positioning the region with a unified message, developing critical mass and showcasing its diverse strengths.

MANA was formed in the fall of 2004 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). MANA is the catalyst to the region's transformation with a mission to build the critical infrastructure needed to translate today's emerging nanotechnology developments into practical applications that spur economic development for the Mid-Atlantic region.

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