Bachem, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, has partnered with the SimplyNano project, educational experiment kits published by the non-profit foundation SimplyScience. This project aims to get young people excited about science and technology with the help of nano experiments.
The project involves the “SimplyNano 2”, which is a comprehensive nano-experimental kit for schools. Published by the SimplyScience Foundation and developed by Innovationsgesellschaft (a St. Gallen-based start-up), these kits are available free of charge for some secondary schools in northwestern Switzerland. By 2025, the SimplyNano 2 experiment kits should be available throughout Switzerland.
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology deals with substances and materials of less than 100 nanometres, otherwise known as nanoscale. Nanotechnology often manipulates individual atoms and molecules to produce unique properties, making them suitable for a variety of applications. As a result, a great deal of time and money is being invested into research, including Bachem’s support for SimplyNano’s goal of inspiring the next generation.
Nanomaterials are not only used for technical applications, but also in everyday products such as cosmetics, textiles, paints and medicine.
Why is the Bachem x SimplyNano project important?
Providing education and support for the next generation of potential young scientists is incredibly important, especially in a field as innovative as nanotechnology. SimplyNano is providing experimental kits to schools that teach children about the real-world applications of nanotechnology. From how baby diapers absorb such large amounts of liquid to how geckos have nanostructures on their feet that allow them to climb up walls, these fun experiments fascinate and inspire children.
The experimental kits are accompanied by half-day training courses for teachers. These courses bridge the gap between schools and the professional world, offering an opportunity to exchange information and share ideas.
What can Bachem bring to the partnership?
Bachem partners with companies in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, cosmetics, and life science research. As a result, the Bachem team have a rich scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) background. Having the world’s largest team of qualified TIDES specialists, Bachem is well-placed to partner with innovators in the nanotechnology space.
Bachem focuses on promoting young talent, which is why they are allowing their headquarters training centre to be used by SimplyNano. This helps SimplyNano to achieve its goal of educating young people and inspiring future nanotechnology scientists.
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