ENDONANO presents a good mixture of scientific objectives coupled to technical objectives, with the technological developments being weighted equally in significance with the research, as each will foster the other in the course of the action. This mixture is considered likely to equip the individual trainees immediately with eminently marketable skill-sets, which should be attractive to a range of potential employers. Specifically, the development of new reliable methodologies for evaluating the presence of endotoxin will allow questions about the immunological risk posed by drugs and contaminants to living organisms (including human beings) to be answered in a realistic fashion, a capability with significant attraction to prospective employers in academia as well as in regulatory agencies. Novel systems of endotoxin detection are very attractive in the field of safety assessment and across multiple sectors of the life science and medical industry, ranging from the environment to the increasing of the reliability of immunodiagnostic assays in human diseases.
The exposure of fellows to different disciplines (from nanotechnology to optics, human immunity and safety/toxicology) and the intense exchange programme will allow them to expand the range of their scientific and technical knowledge and to learn how to work in multidisciplinary collaborations. That is, ENDONANO fellows will have acquired a technical capability, which is both specialised and marketable and, with their additional experience of working at the interface between academia and industry, should enhance their career prospects in both sectors.
The young researchers trained under ENDONANO should enjoy the benefits of employability immediately upon graduation, as their technical capability will be an immediately marketable asset.