Rezayat said in a press conference today that Iran is a long distance ahead of the neighboring countries and its main rivals are countries of China, India, South Korea, and European countries.
Rezayat said that in 2019, more than 10,400 articles have been published in nanotechnology in ISI journals in which Iran has the fourth rank, a status defended by Iran in the past several years.
He said that Iran is in a good condition in production of science, and that the 10-year document of nanotechnology has called for commercialization, export, and founding international companies and cooperation.
He added that there are more than 35,000 students and graduates in this field, a part of which are in nanomedicine. More than 220 knowledge-based companies are working in the area and more than 660 certified products have been produced in different fields, such as pharmaceuticals and textile.
In the Iranian year (starting on March 21, 2015), the turnover of nanotechnology was very small but reached $60 million in preceding two years and more than $83 million in the latest single year. It is expected to surpass $165 million dollars until March 20, which marks the beginning of the Iranian new year.
Iran has made huge progress in different sciences and technologies in recent years.
Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced early in December 2018 that Iran stood atop the nations of the region in the production of science and technology.
"Now, Iran ranks first in the region in science and technology," Sattari said, addressing a forum on stem cells in Tehran.
In relevant remarks earlier in October, Head of Iran’s Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) Saeed Sarkar underlined the country's huge progress in manufacturing and exporting nanotechnology products.
"Fortunately, we are witnessing that nanotechnology products are being exported to over 45 countries of the world and we are witnessing the growing flourishing of this arena," Sarkar told FNA on the sidelines of the 12th International Nanotechnology Festival and Exhibition in Tehran.
He added that last year, Iran had planned to lead the nanotechnology exhibition towards industrialization, and said this goal has been attained by the 50% increase in the number of companies participating in the exhibit.