The emergence of nanomedicine: A field in the making – Editorial

Most of us actively engaged in biomedical research came across the term “nanomedicine” through the inspiring, yet overambitious, and at the time controversial writings of Robert Freitas and the Foresight Institute (CA, USA). In these early references to the term “nanomedicine”, the focus lay with the role and function of the elusive “nanorobot” and the potential benefit they could bring to medical practice both in diagnosis and therapy. The word nanomedicine is considered less controversial and more acceptable to the worldwide scientific community today, however, an accurate definition and conceptual framework of the term is still a matter of hot debate.