Feb. 9, 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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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.
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.
2014.12. 8
Mr. Mitsuru Naito (D3) received the IPC2014 young scientist poster award at The 10th SPSJ International Polymer Conference (IPC2014). The presentation title is "Cholesterol-modified siRNA Loaded Stimuli-responsive Polyion Complex Micelle for Smart siRNA Delivery" (Coauthers: T. Ishii, A. Matsumoto, K. Miyata, Y. Miyahara and K. Kataoka).
Dr. Yuuki MOCHIDA received the Best Presentation Award at The 23rd Polymer Materials Forum. His presentation title is "Core-forming helix bundles enhances antitumor efficacy of cisplatin-loaded polymeric micelles constructed from PEG-poly(glutamic acid) block copolymers" (CoauthersFH. Cabral, Y. Miura, K. Osada, N. Nishiyama, K. Kataoka).
Research on the antibody delivery to brain crossing blood-brain barrier has been carried on Nikkei Industrial Newspaper on October 24, 2014.
Mr. Jun Makino (D3) received the Best Poster Award at the nanoDDS 12th international nanomedicine & drug delivery symposium. The presentation title is "Systemic targeting of lymph node metastasis by controlled design of drug-loaded polymeric micelles" (coauthers: H. Cabral, Y. Miura, Y. Matsumoto, H. Kinoh, N. Nishiyama, K. Kataoka).
2014.10. 7
Mr. Mizoguchi's presentation was selected as one of the highlighted presentations at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials. His presentation title is "Development of brain-targeting antibody by conjugating multi-glucose polymers". (coauthors: Akihiro Mizoguchi, Yasutaka Anraku, Yu Fukusato, Hiroya Kuwahara, Kazutaka Nishina, Takanori Yokota and Kazunori Kataoka)