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2022/10 Cyfuse reports progress on 3D printed organoids

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/22/10/27/10073/ https://en.cyfusebio.com Cyfuse was established in 2010 and is focused on 3D cell technology that uses a bio 3D printer to laminate cell clumps (spheroids) consisting of an average of 10,000 cells in a 3D manner without the use of artificial scaffolds. The company has 3 business fields: to develop a pipeline of regenerative medicine […]

2022/09 Sekisui converts waste to ethanol

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/22/09/21/09955/ Sekisui Chemical plans to commercialize a technology that uses microorganisms to convert combustible garbage into ethanol by 2025. In April 2022, a 1/10th demonstration plant in Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, began operating, marking the start of the final stage of verification testing toward practical application. About 800 l ethanol are produced from 20 t of […]

2022/08 A microarray measures COVID antibody levels in blood in 8 minutes

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/22/08/15/09819/ https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s44211-022-00161-z The system developed by a joint research group from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine uses a synthetic polymer that is photoreactive and inhibits nonspecific adsorption which is coated on a chip, and viral proteins are placed on the chip in the form of spots. The […]

2022/07 ToMMo completes whole genome analysis of 50,000 Japanese

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/22/07/04/09683/ Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) announced on June 30, 2022, that it has completed the analysis of the whole genome information of 50,000 Japanese. The Tohoku Medical Megabank has accumulated health information and biological samples of 150,000 local residents, mainly in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, and ToMMo is currently analyzing them. ToMMo […]

2022/06 Dr Foods offers vegetable-based foie-gras burger

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/22/06/28/09664/ Dr. Foods (Shinjuku, Tokyo), a developer of cultured meat and plant-derived meat, announced on June 28, 2022, that it will launch its first product, a plant-derived alternative foie gras. Although not a product made from cultured animal cells, the company used the name “cultured foie gras” because microorganisms are cultured in the manufacturing process. […]

2022/05 Green Earth Institute and NEDO inaugurate “Kanto Biofoundry Base” for bioprocess optimization

As part of NEDO’s “Development of Production Technologies for Bio-based Products to Accelerate the Realization of Carbon Recycling, The  Green Earth Institute, Inc. https://gei.co.jp/en/  is constructing a demonstration base for microbial bioproduction processes (“The Kanto Biofoundry Base”) using two locations in Chiba Prefecture, its subsidiary in Kisarazu City and the Mobara Plant of Mitsui Chemicals. The Kanto […]

2022/04 Japan opens demonstration center for CO2 recycling at Osaki Power Plant

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101530.html, https://greenproduction.co.jp/archives/5604 Production of key compounds from CO2 in coal-fired flue gas using diamond electrodes Keio University Tokyo University of ScienceCoal Frontier Organization R&D on novel CO2 decomposition and reduction processes using atmospheric pressure plasma Tokai National University Kawada Industry  Development of algae biomass production and utilization technology for highly efficient CO2 utilization Nippon Steel Corporation  Synthesis […]

2022/03 MHLW approves CureApp’s software for hypertension control

On March 9, 2022, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare approved CureApp’s HT hypertension control, the first software digital therapy (DTx) in Japan. Approval is expected for April 2022 and is  The app is meant to assist in non-pharmacological therapy for patients with essential hypertension. It consists of two components: (1) an app for […]

2022/02 Nanocarriers may lead to pest-resistant crops without changing the plant genome

  https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2022/20220223_1/index.html Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have shown that cell-penetrating peptides (CPP*) can be used to introduce plasmid DNA into plants by spraying. Depending on the DNA carried by the plasmid, the researchers showed that they could express foreign proteins in the plant, introduce interfering RNA which silences specific […]

2022/01 NEDO will reduce CO2 emissions in the concrete and cement industries

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101510.html The Japanese Ministry of Economy is financing a ten-year joint project with JP¥ 55 billion (approx. € 390 million) to reduce CO2 emissions in concrete construction in a cost-neutral manner and to recover CO2 from limestone. The CO2 is then to be reprocessed into carbonates and these into cement. Seven Japanese companies and two […]

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