cfaed Seminar Series

Prof. Kensuke Osada , University of Tokyo, Department of Bioengineering

Block copolymer assemblies for systemic gene therapy

09.03.2015 (Monday) , 15:30 - 16:30
Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden, conference hall , Hohe Str. 6 , 01069 Dresden


There is a strong impetus for the development of biomaterials directed for medical applications. In particular, nanocarriers delivering therapeutic agents such as drugs and nucleic acids is attracting significant attention as targeted therapy, often called Nanomedicine. We have developed supramolecular “smart” nanocarriers through self-assembly process from functional block copolymers and have demonstrated therapeutic effect by facilitating the translation of basic achievements into clinical applications. Gene therapy is one of the most challenging targets owing to its extremely high therapeutic potency, which achievement entirely relies on an establishment of safe and effective delivery system.

This talk will focus the development of smart block copolymer-based gene delivery system, in particular, for systemic application to treat intractable cancers.

Short Bio

Kensuke Osada, Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering, Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation (GPLLI), The University of Tokyo
Tel: +81-3-5841-1654,

Research Interest: Polymer science / Biomaterials / Drug and nucleic acids delivery
  • 2006 Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science (The Society of Polymer Science,
  • 2012 Encouragement of Research (Japan Association for Chemical Innovation)
  • 2013 Takagi Award
  • 1993–1997 Bachelor: Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1997–1999 Master: Dept. of Polymeric science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1999–2002 Ph.D.: Dept. of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Job history:
  • 2002-2004 Postdoctoral fellow of JSPS: Dept. of Materials Engineering, The University of
  • 2004-2006 Assistant Professor: Dept. of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • 2006- Associate Professor: Dept. of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • 2012-present JST-PRESTO Researcher
  • 2013-present Associate Professor: Dept. of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo

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