Nanomedicine in the Making. Expectations, Scientific Narrations and Materiality


  • Stefano Crabu University of Padua



nanomedicine, translational research, anticipatory knowledge, promissory bio-object, ethnography


Starting from the theoretical debate about technoscientific expectations, and based on the data collected doing ethnographic research in a laboratory of nanomedicine (in Northern Italy) operating in the field of experimental and clinical pharmacology, the paper explores in detail the relationship between anticipatory knowledge, scientific forward-looking statements and the situated practices of biomedical research in nanomedicine. In particular, I will focus on the processual dimension of scientific narrations on nanomedicine, in order to understand how future-oriented abstractions may represent a fundamental element for the local practices of nanomedical research. In doing so, and referring in particular to a socio-technical artefact called “triangle Dna origami”, I develop the notion of promissory bio-object, as a conceptual device to improve the understanding of the engagement of anticipatory knowledge in biomedical research.




How to Cite

Crabu, S. (2014). Nanomedicine in the Making. Expectations, Scientific Narrations and Materiality. Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 5(1), 43–66.