Visiting professor of Nihon University Dr Kazutoshi Haraguchi
Dr Kazutoshi Haraguchi is a pioneer in the field of polymer nanocomposites, smart hydrogels, hybrid nanostructures, and biomaterials. The association with him started in 2006 through NCRM, the R&D collaborating institute to GN Corporation on bio-inert scaffolds for transplant of corneal endothelial precursors technology which got a patent in Japan in 2016. The technological collaboration with his team during the days of Kawamura Institute of Chemical research further extended into bio-inert implants and fillers, some have reached clinical pilot studies.
He graduated from Kyushu University in 1973 and received his PhD in 1978. He joined Kawamura Institute of Chemical Research (KICR) in 1978 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Liverpool University, UK between 1979-1981. He became a director of KICR in 2001, and Senior director in 2006-2014. In April 2014, appointed as Professor of the department of applied molecular chemistry in Nihon University, while was also a visiting professor of the University of Tokyo. He was a vice president of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan during 2016-2018.
Dr Haraguchi is now continuing to serve as a visiting professor of Nihon University while heading the nanomaterial research projects jointly with GNC and its collaborators.