2016 Medical Biotechnology

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Life Science and Technology
Kondoh Shinae  Kajiwara Susumu  Nishiyama Nobuhiro  Ogura Shunichiro  Yanagida Yasuko 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Mon1-2(B221, S223)  Thr1-2(B221, S223)  
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Course description and aims

Medical Biotechnology is an engineering curriculum that uses technology from bioengineering to develop technologies useful for medicine. The field has applications for everything from a variety of diseases such as cancer to infectious diseases. Students learn in the course the fundamentals of developing materials and technologies with applications for people, as well as being instructed on diagnostic technologies such as biosensing, imaging, and biomarkers, and also developing technologies for regenerative medicine, drug delivery systems, cancer treatment, etc. Students are first provided with an overview of the basics of bioengineering applied to medicine, and are instructed on the properties required of bioengineering materials from a perspective of disposition. In addition, students are taught the basics of biosensing technology crucial to bioengineering, and are introduced to applications for infectious diseases, etc. Getting an overview of applications of these technologies for diagnostic techniques and treatments for cancer, students are instructed on cutting edge bioengineering.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following from taking this course.
1) Acquire knowledge in bioengineering geared towards medical applications
2) Learn the fundamentals and applications of drug delivery systems
3) Learn the fundamentals and applications of biosensing
4) Learn about the biology of cancer, and diagnosing and treatment techniques for cancer


Biomaterial, Pharmacokinetics, Imaging probe, Drug delivery system, Biosensing, Infectious disease, Cancer

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Always check the required learning for each class and be sure to complete them as part of preparation and review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of medical biotechnology Understand the variety and property of biomaterials
Class 2 Administration routes of biomaterials to the body Acquire knowledge of various administration routes of biomaterials to the body
Class 3 Analysis of pharmacokinetics for biomaterials Understand pharmacokinetics of biomaterials
Class 4 Development of in vivo imaging probes Learn In vivo imaging probes as biomaterials
Class 5 Design of DDS based on the study of the human body structure Learn how to design DDS based on understanding the human body structure
Class 6 Study on DDS on the market and in advanced stage of development. Introduction of advanced and future design of DDS Acquire knowledge of DDS on the market and in advanced stage of development. Understand direction of future design of DDS
Class 7 Current status and future design of DDS for biopharmaceutics Understand how to design DDS for the delivery of nucleic acids and proteins
Class 8 Basic understanding of bio-sensing Acquire basic knowledge about bio-sensing
Class 9 Development research of bio-sensing Learn the development research of bio-sensing
Class 10 Detection, diagnoses technology such as infectious diseases Learn detection, diagnoses technology such as infectious diseases
Class 11 Screening technology and efficacy evaluation for new drug development Learn screening technology and efficacy evaluation for new drug development
Class 12 Cancer biology Learn cancer biology
Class 13 Therapeutic method for cancer Acquire knowledge of therapeutic method for cancer
Class 14 Diagnostic method for cancer Acquire knowledge of diagnostic method for cancer
Class 15 Summary: New medical biotechnology Understand new medical biotechnology



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed at the beginning of class and elaborated on using Power Point slides. These documents are available in advance via the OCW system if necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports (4 times)

Related courses

  • LST.A342 : Biomedical Materials
  • LST.A352 : Cell Engineering
  • LST.A401 : Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • LST.A412 : Biomaterial Science and Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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