Oct. 23, 2014 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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2014.10.23
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)
2014. 9.10
Dr. Satoshi Uchida (Assistant Professor) received a Young Investigator Award at the Antisense, Gene, Delivery Symposium 2014. His presentation title is "Treatment of spinal cord injury by combinational system of non-viral gene introduction and spheroid transplantation" (Coauthors: K. Itaka, K. Hayakawa, T. Ogata, K. Kataoka).
2014. 8. 4
Ms. Kayoko Yanagihara (D1) received the Best Presentation Award at the 30th Japan DDS Conference. The presentation title is "The application of mesenchymal stem cell spheroids to bone regeneration treatment: activation of cell functions by gene transfection using nanomicelles" (coauthers: S. Uchida, M. Ikegami, T. Endo, Y. Maeda, S. Ohba, U. -I. Chung, T. Ishii, K. Itaka and K. Kataoka).
2014. 7.28
Prof. Kazunori Kataoka received the Journal of Drug Targeting's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award recognizes scientist who have made exceptional and sustained contributions to drug delivery and targeting.
2014. 6.23
Prof. Kazunori Kataoka has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.
2014. 6.18
Mr. Yu Fukusato (D2) received an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award for the Society of Polymer Science Japan (SPSJ) 63th Annual Meeting. His presentation title is "Development of polyion complex nano-machines for drug delivery toward neural system across blood-brain barrier" (Coauthors, Y. Anraku, A. Mizoguchi, T. Ishii, H. Kuwahara, T. Yokota, K. Kataoka).
2014. 5.26
Dr. Satoshi Uchida (Assistant Professor) received an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award for the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 17th Annual Meeting. His presentation title is "Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury by Transplantation of BDNF-Transfected Mesenchymal Stem Cell Spheroids" (Coauthors, K. Itaka, K. Hayakawa, T. Ogata, K. Kataoka).
2014. 5.19
Prof. Kataoka received "SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology" from Society of Polymer Science, Japan. The title of the Award is "Development and Application of Biofunctionality Polymers".
2014. 4. 2
Our paper entitled “Three-layered polyplex micelle as a multifunctional nanocarrier platform for light-induced systemic gene transfer” was published in Nature Communications.