Materials Innovation
for Sustainable Development Goals



Biodegradable Polymers for Biomedical Applications


Biodegradable polymers have been widely applied for clinical treatment, and both fundamental and applied researches on biodegradable polymers have been extensively carried out worldwide. Various naturally-occurring and synthetic biodegradable polymers have been developed for fabricating medical devices, such as surgical suture, bone fixative, dural substitute, artificial dermis, drug delivery systems. Recent advances in cell biology has opened up a new application of biodegradable polymers as a scaffold for regenerative medicine. Scaffolds function as an artificial environment for cell attachment and subsequent tissue formation. Various three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds have been developed by utilizing biodegradable polymers and applied for regenerative medicine. Current imaging and 3D printing technologies allows us to fabricate biodegradable polymeric scaffolds in a desired and defined shape. Even cells could be printed at a predetermined position with biodegradable polymers by 3D bio-printing techniques. This symposium focuses on recent progress in biodegradable polymers and related technologies to be applied not only for medical devices but also for drug delivery systems, regenerative medicine and 3D bio-printing.

  • Design and characterization of biodegradable polymers
  • Biodegradable polymers for surgical treatments
  • Biodegradable polymers for drug delivery systems
  • Biodegradable polymers for regenerative medicine
  • Biodegradable polymers for 3D bio-printing
Invited Speakers
  • Masanori Kikuchi, National Institute for Materials Science Bioresorbable Inorganic/Organic Composite for Bone Repair
  • Yuichi Ohya, Kansai University Temperature-ResponsiveBiodegradable Injectable Polymer Systems Exhibiting Irreversible Gelation for Medical Application
  • Toshinori Fujie, Tokyo Institute of Technology Ultra-Flexible Nanofilms for Bio-Integrated Device & System
  • Tsuyoshi Kimura, Tokyo Medical and Dental University Network formation of endothelial cells on decellularized ECM hydrogels
  • Jun-ichiro Jo, Kyoto University Development of Intracellular Controlled Release Technologies Based on Biodegradable Polymer Nanoparticles to Modify Cellular Biological Activities
  • Ming-Fa Hsieh, Chung Yuan Christian University Relationship of Structures and Biomedical Functions for Resorbable Poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-Poly(ethylene glycol) Copolymers
  • Tooru Ooya, Kobe University Polysaccharides-based Docking Hydrogels Bearing Biodegradable and Robust Functions
  • Masaru Kato, Showa University Surface Modification of Silica Nanoparticles Using 4-Aryloxy Boron Dipyrromethene (BODIPY) Enhances Skin Permeation
  • Kanjiro Miyata, The University of Tokyo Development of cationic poly(amino acid)s for nucleic acids delivery
  • Tetsushi Taguchi, National Institute for Materials Science A Fish Gelatin-based Soft Tissue Adhesive for Biomedical Applications
  • Takashi Hoshiba, Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute Increased Chemoresistance of Tumor Cells on Staged Tumorigenesis- Mimicking Matrices
  • Yasuhiko Iwasaki, Kansai University Phosphorus-containing polymers for bone treatment
  • Ayae Sugawara-Narutaki, Nagoya University Self-Assembling Elastin-Like Polypeptides as a Platform for Cell Studies
  • Mitsuhiro Ebara, National Institute for Materials Science An Apoptotic Cell-inspired Polymer for Anti-inflammatory Therapy
  • Masaru Tanaka, Kyushu University Design of Soft-biomaterials Based on Intermediate Water Contents
  • Shang-Hsiu Hu, National Tsing Hua University Adaptable Microporous Hydrogels for Neuron Regeneration
  • Osamu Suzuki, Tohoku University Biodegradable characteristics of octacalcium phosphate-based bone substitute materials involving osteoclastic cellular activity
  • Masaya YAMAMOTO Tohoku University

Symposium List

Fundamentals for Materials

New Trend of Materials Research

Novel Structural Materials Based on New Principles

Advanced Electronic Materials

Magnet and Spintronics


Materials for Smart Systems

Green Technology and Processing