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Nanotechnology Industries Association Announces New Director General

23 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium— The Board of Directors of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), the sector-independent and responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supply chain has formally appointed a successor to the post of Director General.

Outgoing Director General, Dr David Carlander, is stepping away from the role to focus on his developing biotech company, after being a leader within the NIA for over 5 years and Director General for the last 18 months.  The NIA is delighted to confirm that David will stay within the NIA team, supporting the transition to a new head of the NIA and taking on a new role as Regulatory Affairs Director.

“On behalf of the NIA Board and Members, I would like to thank David for all his hard-work during his time at the NIA.” writes Dr Andrew Gooda, Chair of the NIA Board.  “We wish David success in his new venture and are happy that he can continue providing support in the regulatory area.”

Following a rigorous recruitment process, the Board can now confirm Dr Claire Skentelbery has been appointed as the incoming Director General and will take up the post on 1 January 2017.  Claire is based in Brussels and joins the NIA from running two European bioscience networks, the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR), which she helped found and where she has been Network Manager since 2003 and the European Biotechnology Network (EBN), where she has been the Secretary General since 2010.

Andrew Gooda, Chair of the NIA Board has said, “The Board is delighted that Claire has been able to accept the position as NIA Director General. She brings with her a wealth of experience in developing and running member-based scientific networks, which will be invaluable as we grow the NIA in the coming years.”

Claire has added “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the NIA team.  Nanotechnology is working across all sectors to build its own future from market, scientific and regulatory perspectives and it is an exciting time to support the industry.  I hope very much to bring my background in life sciences and 15 years’ experience of building scientific networks to serve members and the wider nanotech community”.

During the period of transition, David will remain as the Director General, but handing over to the new DG with full support from the rest of the NIA team.


For further inquiries please contact:

Guillaume Flament

Public and Regulatory Affairs Officer

Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA)

Email: guillaume.flament at

skype: NIA-Flament


About the Nanotechnology Industries Association

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is the sector-independent, responsible voice for the industrial nanotechnologies supply chains. NIA supports the ongoing innovation and commercialisation of the next generation of technologies and promotes their safe and reliable advancement.  Globally the only industry-focused trade association in nanotechnology, NIA provides a uniquely consolidated perspective derived from a multi-disciplinary membership which operates across a wide range of markets and industrial sectors. NIA Membership is made up of many varied companies, all of which at different stages of their commercial existence and with a variety of interests in the large range of technologies that derive their benefit from the nanoscale.

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