Drugs, hair dye, pyrotechnics: inside Landa’s secret innovations

The founder of Landa Group and inventor of Indigo digital presses revealed the broad scope for nanotechnology during an exclusive session at the EFI Connect conference in Las Vegas today.

"Everything that can go digital will go digital… and hair colour is no exception," he said, punning on his famous quote about the rise of digital print.

"Every woman in the world colours her hair and they are all unhappy with the results," he added, explaining that Landa technology allowed 275 trillion shades of hair colour.

He offered more details on new applications possible thanks to the microscopic size of the nano particles.

In the field of drug delivery, Landa's company is currently working on a number of projects with pharmaceutical companies, including cancer medicine.

"There are whole new families of drugs you can create to get the drug to the right organ just by making the particles very small," he said.

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These weird and wonderful applications are under research at Landa Labs, the R&D arm of Landa Group, which builds the nanographic printing presses first revealed at Drupa 2012.

The innovation that led to Nanographic printing originally stemmed from Landa's desire to create renewable energy, and R&D on this project continues at its Israel headquarters.

"I know it sounds pretentious but we really want to save the planet," he said.

"We are not going to have products in this field of free, boundless energy for a few years. We have already been working on it for 10 years. We have a team of 60 brilliant scientists and it will take another, perhaps, five years before we actually have a product that can do something useful with thermal energy extracted from the environment."

He also gave some insight into the roll-out plan for his Nanographic presses. The company has 430 orders, and expects to install the first beta machines at customers in Europe and the US at the end of 2013.

He said that quality – one of the biggest issues with the samples seen at the Düsseldorf trade show – has been dramatically improved.

"Our production models will be 1,200dpi, not the 600dpi we showed at Drupa," said Landa.

Steven Kiernan is a guest of EFI at Connect.

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