After investing heavily in infrastructure dedicated to nanotechnology, Ireland gets a real strategy and a coordination group involving industrialists, academics and officials from government agencies.
In August 2010 the Irish agency "PACKAGE" (Ireland's policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation), issued a report recommending to target three key technology areas: advanced materials, electronics technology for Information and communication, and nanobiotechnology. This is to encourage the development of new products in the areas of electronics, medical devices and diagnostics, environmental applications and improved industrial processes.
The group of high-level coordination is chaired by Martin Cronin, former CEO of the agency PACKAGE. Among its members is Diarmuid O'Brien (Chief Executive CRANN), Prof. Roger Whatmore (director of the Tyndall National Institute), Brian MacCraith (President of Dublin City University), senior officials of Intel and Creganna (Irish company developing non-invasive medical tools) and representatives of government agencies (Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority).
The two main centers of public research in nanoscience and nanotechnology are located in Dublin (CRANN, Trinity College Dublin) and Cork (Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork).