Guy Carpenter Report Examines Impact of Nanotechnology

August 16, 2006

Guy Carpenter & Company, the risk and reinsurance specialist of Marsh & McLennan Companies, announced the publication of “Nanotechnology: The Plastics of the 21st Century?” The study provides “a comprehensive overview of the emerging science of nanotechnology, its potential benefits for the global economy, associated risks and implications for the insurance industry,” said the bulletin. “A team of technology, environmental and casualty specialty professionals from Guy Carpenter and Dr. Robert Blaunstein, National Director of Loss Control and Underwriting Manager for American Safety Insurance Company, prepared the report.”

“Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of molecules and atoms on a small scale to produce products that exhibit new and/or different properties,” the bulletin explained. “Many in the scientific community see nanotechnology as the most significant scientific breakthrough of the 21st century, with the potential to significantly improve existing products, drive innovation and influence people’s everyday lives in a number of positive ways.

“The National Science Foundation forecasts that $1 trillion in nanotechnology-enabled products will be on the market by 2015. More than $11 billion will be spent on nanotechnology research by corporations and governments this year, according to industry estimates, with a growing number of venture capital and Wall Street firms seeking to make nanotechnology-related investments.”

“As with practically all scientific breakthroughs, nanotechnology carries both risks and potential rewards,” observed Andrew Marcell, Managing Director and global head of Guy Carpenter’s Casualty Specialty Practice. “With nanotechnology risks currently spread over a wide variety of coverages – and the regulatory environment still in its infancy – there is now a great opportunity for insurers to work with governments to shape a regulatory framework that will foster nanotechnology’s positive use while sensibly addressing its risks.”

In addition to providing an overview of the science of nanotechnology and its potential applications, the report addresses:
— Nanotechnology’s potential long term benefits to the global economy, across the manufacturing, environmental, medical and information technology industries.
— Health, safety and environmental risks associated with nanotechnology.
— The regulatory environment and the likely evolution of nanotechnology insurance coverage.

Guy Carpenter’s dedicated nanotechnology team includes Andrew Marcell, Harry Oellrich, Managing Director and head of the Cyber, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice, and Sandy Hauserman, Senior Vice President and head of Environmental Specialty Practice.

A copy of the full report, Nanotechnology: The Plastics of the 21st Century?, is available for download at Printed copies can be obtained by contacting Guy Carpenter at

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