In early 2003, the European Science Foundation launched its Scientific Forward Look on Nanomedicine. I am pleased to see the successful conclusion of this foresight study, which has been the first such exercise focused on medical applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Forward Look involved leading European experts and led to a definition of the current status of the field and debates on strategic policy issues. The recently published Policy Briefing summarised the recommendations made2.
Here the discussions and recommendations are presented in full. Implementation of these recommendations should ensure continuing European leading-edge research and development in the field of Nanomedicine, resulting in reduced healthcare costs and the rapid realisation of medical benefits for all European
citizens. ESF will commit itself to taking the initiative and facilitating the relevant bodies, including ESF Member Organisations and the European Commission, for actions based on these recommendations.