Apr. 8, 2015 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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Prof. Kataoka will appear on the news program of TV (BS Nippon TV) at 10pm (Japanese time) on April 14, 2015, explaining the recent achievements of his research on nanomachines (polymeric micelles).
Achievements of FIRST project led by Prof. Kataoka and funded by Japanese Government have been carried on The Science News on April, 3, 2015.
Our paper entitled "A tadpole-shaped gene carrier with distinct phase segregation in a ternary polymeric micelle" has been published on Soft Matter (Volume 11, Issue 14, 2718-2722, 2015) and selected as a cover.(CoverPaper)
2015. 3.23
The article (H. J. Kim, et al, Multifunctional polyion complex micelle featuring enhanced stability, targetability, and endosome escapability for systemic siRNA delivery to subcutaneous model of lung cancer, Drug Delivery and Translational Research (2014) 4:50-60) from Kataoka lab. was selected as the 2014 DDTR Outstanding Research Paper Award. Award Lecture will be given by Dr. Kanjiro Miyata, representing all the co-atuhors of this article, at the 2015 Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland during July 26-29, 2015.
2015. 3.16
The research on Nanomachine ongoing at Kataoka laboratory was broadcasted on March 13 in the TV program "Innovationism" at BS Fuji.
Articles on messenger RNA (mRNA)-loaded nanomachine for treating neurological disorders as a new system of gene therapy: JIJI Press, Nikkei Biotech online, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, The Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, UTokyo Research, JST Science Portal, AsianScientist.
2015. 1.26
Prof. Kazunori Kataoka received Gutenberg Research Award from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The Award ceremony will be take place in Mainz on May 4, 2015.
2015. 1.13
Interview to Prof. Kataoka regarding his research on supramolecular nanomachines for medical use was carried on the newspaper, Kagaku Kogyo Nippo on Jaunuary 5, 2015.
2015. 1. 5
The research on Nanomachine ongoing in our laboratory was broadcasted by NHK on January 4 in the TV program "NEXT WORLD - Our Future".
Clinical trials on breast cancer by the use of siRNA delivery system developed at Kataoka Lab will be started within this fiscal year at the Research Hospital, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo by the team of Prof. Kozo Imai.
Article on the polymeric micellar drugs developing at Kataoka Laboratory, University of Tokyo was appeared in the scientific column of the evening edition of Yomiuri Shimbun (Yomiuri Newspaper) on December 18.