Oct. 20, 2018 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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The article "Enhanced intracellular delivery of siRNA by controlling ATP-responsivity of phenylboronic acid-functionalized polyion complex micelles", published in Macromolecular Bioscience, was one of the journal's top 20 most downloaded recent papers amongst articles published between July 2016 and June 2018.
Dr. Kazunori Kataoka, Director General of Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM)/ Research Leader of Center of Open Innovation Network for Smart Health (COINS) was awarded the honorary doctorate (Doktor der Naturwissenshaften ehrenhalber; Dr. rer. Nat. H. C.) from Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz University) in Germany.
The honorary doctorate of Mainz University is awarded to researchers who have globally achieved exceptionally high level of performance. This time, Dr. Kataoka's research titled "Development of Polymer Therapeutics and Their Application to Cancer Treatment" was highly appreciated in the Faculty of "Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science and Earth Sciences" and it was the first time in eight years for the Faculty to be awarded.
The award ceremony was held at Mainz University in August 31, and a commemorative symposium was held at the same time. (Click here for the details)
Professor Kazunori Kataoka became Associate Editor of ACS Nano published by American Chemical Society.
Prof. Kazunori Kataoka received "Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund Prize" of 2017 for his pioneering research on "The Development and Clinical Translation of Delivery Systems of Anti-Cancer Reagents based on Polymeric Micelles".
Professor Kazunori Kataoka, Director General of the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine, has been elected to a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
On April 5. 2018, the 2017 NAI Fellows will be inducted as part of the Seventh Annual NAI Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, D.C. Andrew H. Hirshfeld, the U.S. commissioner for patents, will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.
Complete list of NAI Fellows
▶ COINS will hold the 4th COINS Symposium.
Date: Dec. 8iFri.j10:00`(Registration starts at 9:30am)
Venue: Ground Floor & 4th Floor, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion, Kawasaki City Industrial Promotion Hall
Language: Japanese & English
Registration Fee: Free
The symposium website