Month: February 2018

Mitsubishi Electric pioneers SiC-based Modular High Voltage Direct Current (HDVC) converter, reduces power loss by 50%

Power loss of converters, their size and weight is a limiting factor to reach high efficiency of long distance/large capacity power transmission from offshore wind wheels and offshore platforms. The company built a 3.3 kV SiC power semiconductor module of modular design as HVDC, with parallelized modules to suppress the resistance inside the converter cell. […]

Kyoto University develops global land altitude database from satellite big data, useful for Tsunami risk prediction and water resources management

In cooperation with two Japanese space-related research organizations, researchers at the school of bioinformatics of Kyoto University have developed a „world mesh code“ where world position information is linked with latitude, longitude and area division, based on satellite big data compressed to 1/337 at high speed. The global land area altitude data were taken from […]

Tokyo Medical and Dental University identifies FABP4 as biomarker for metabolic liver cancer

The team used (MC4R-KO) mice as metabolic liver cancer onset model and performed clustering analysis of surgical specimen from human liver cancers and MC4R-KO mouse liver cancer. Among 9 genes that were commonly and highly expressed in metabolic liver cancer, FABP4 (fatty acid binding protein 4) was specifically overexpressed in intratumorally activated hepatic stellate cells. […]

Kyushu University group obtains approval for carbonate apatite as dental implants

The inorganic component of bone is carbonate apatite, in which part of the phosphate group of hydroxyapatite is replaced with a carbonate group. Carbonate apatite powder, however, leads to inflammation after transplantation. A consortium around Kunio ISHIKAWA, Kyushu University, and GC Corporation found a method to prepare crystalline carbonate apatite from a thermodynamically stable phase […]

Kyoto University: satellite big data for Tsunami risk prediction and water resources management

In cooperation with two Japanese space-related research organizations, researchers at the school of bioinformatics of Kyoto University have developed a „world mesh code“ with world position information linked with latitude, longitude and area division, linked to satellite big data compressed to 1/337 at high speed. The global land area altitude data were taken from ASTER […]

PeptiDream and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) study PET tracer for tumor bio-imaging

The PET tracer being advanced in clinical testing was discovered by Bristol-Myers Squibb starting from an active lead macrocyclic peptide identified by PeptiDream using its PDPS technology. The PET tracer consists of a macrocyclic peptide conjugated to a radioligand. The macrocyclic peptide portion of the PET tracer binds to an antigen over-expressed on tumor cells […]

Number of postdocs in Japan is diminishing

The National Institute of Science and Technology · Academic Policy (NISTEP) conducts every 3 years a „Survey on employment and career of postdoctoral fellows. The FY 2015 results, just published, show that among 15,910 postdocs, the number of Japanese was 11,465 (72.1%), of foreigners 4435 (27.9%). 70 % of foreign postdoctoral fellows come from Asian […]

Ikeda Rika Co introduces cost-saving smart cell processing unit””

The smart CP unit” cleanroom combines, in a space-saving space, an automatic cell culture apparatus P4CS made by Kaneka and a safety cabinet for carrying out operations such as bags and medium exchange. It is combined with an automatic “Quantum cell proliferation system” made by Terumo, an aseptic bonding system (TSCD-II), and a cell concentration […]

Helios invests in Gaia BioMedicine for NK

Through this investment, Helios develops a strategic partnership that aims at synergistic effects of the development of cancer immunity cell therapy centered on Gaia BioMedicine’s know-how on NK cells, and Helios’ own specialized stem cell technology. In addition, Helios will purchase shares of Gaia Biochemical Corporation. Natural killer (NK) cells are a naturally occurring defense […]

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