Feb. 9, 2016 Updated 

In response to the progress of bioscience in recent years, growing attention has been paid to the materials, named biomaterials, that interact with a living body or its composition elements like proteins or the cells, and so on. Many of such biomaterials were already put to practical use with the high-tech devices as central materials, such as artificial organs, drug delivery system and biosensors. In addition, the research and development of new biomaterials are actively carried out all around the world, e.g the material whose structures and functions are changed responding to external stimuli (Intelligent materials) or those who are guiding the proliferation and differentiation of the cells.
------by Kazunori Kataoka From 'Biomaterial Engineering' (Publisher, Shokabo)

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What's new

2016. 2. 9
Our paper entitled "Intracellular delivery of charge-converted monoclonal antibodies by combinatorial design of block/homo polyion complex micelles" has been published on Biomacromolecules (Volume 17, Issue 2, February 8, 2016) and selected as a cover.
Paper / Cover
2016. 1. 6
The paper entitled "Messenger RNA delivery of a cartilage-anabolic transcription factor as a disease-modifying strategy for osteoarthritis treatment" was published in Scientific Reports, and was carried on The Nikkei(1/10)The University of TokyoUTokyo Research(1/13)The Nikkei(1/6)JIJIPRESSToyo Keizai ONLINEYahoo! JapanMynavi NewsWall Street JournalBIGLOBE NewsGadget News.
2016. 1. 4
Associate Professor Kanjiro Miyata moved to Department of Materials Engineering on January 1.
Associate Professor Keiji Itaka received the best poster award at 3rd International mRNA Health Conference. The presentation title is "A disease-modifying strategy for osteoarthritis treatment by introducing mRNA encoding cartilage-anabolic transcription factor".
The paper entitled "Hybrid calcium phosphate-polymeric micelles incorporating gadolinium chelates for imaging-guided gadolinium neutron capture tumor therapy" from our lab that was published in ACS Nano, was featured in Phys.org.
Phys.org: Gadolinium-based particles show and treat tumours
Professor Kazunori Kataoka received "Advanced Materials Award 2015" from International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM). Award ceremony and award lecture were held at Stockholm, Sweden on August 24, 2015.
2015.10. 1
The paper entitled "Induction of secondary structure through micellization of an oppositely charged pair of homochiral block- and homopolypeptides in an aqueous medium" from our lab that was published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications, was featured in MaterialsView.
MaterialsView: Understanding higher-ordered structures in polypeptides
2015. 9. 7
News about Paclitaxel-loaded polymeric micelle was carried on NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW.
Japanese cancer drug employing new tech could get green light soon
2015. 9. 7
Paclitaxel-loaded polymeric micelle achieved successful results in clinical trials, and has been decided to proceed into application for approval in the fiscal year of 2015 by Nippon Kayaku Co. This is the first achievement from COINS project proceeding into the application for approval.
2015. 8.26
Innovation Center of Nanomedicine (iCONM) was featured in "A corner of analyze advance research center" in Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun on Aug. 19, 2015. The title is "Innovation Center of Nanomedicine Application of capsule - Industry-academic-gervernment collaboration."