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NUCLEIC ACIDS-BASED INFORMATION MATERIALS
Chunhai Fan
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), CHINA
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DNA is well known to be a genetic molecule with double helix structures. DNA is evolved in nature to follow a simple and precise Watson-Crick pairing rule to encode enormous genetic information in living things. Nevertheless, DNA is not only a carrier of genetic information, but can be regarded a type of molecular information materials. DNA molecules have been exploited as a building block to encode various types of structures that are not present in nature. More recent advances show that nucleic acids-based information materials are increasingly being used for applications including bioimaging, drug delivery and micro-nano fabrication. In this talk I will introduce the use of nucleic acids-based information materials for developing molecular machines and data storage.



MIMICKING THE CELLULAR MICROENVIRONMENT WITH 3D HYDROGELS ENABLES TARGET DISCOVERY AND DRUG SCREENING
Molly S. Shoichet
University of Toronto, CANADA

RETINAL REGENERATION USING IPS CELLS
Masayo Takahashi
Vision Care Inc., JAPAN
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Our goal is to develop cell and gene therapies for outer retinal layer diseases. We performed autologous and allogeneic iPS-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell transplantation for age related macular degeneration and photoreceptor transplantation for retinitis pigmentosa. The grafted cells survived for many years and we confirmed the safety . As for cell manufacturing, we put a humanoid robot to do the same manipulation as the tacit technical staff to get stable cell quality always.



QUANTUM SENSORS: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
Jörg Wrachtrup
University of Stuttgart, GERMANY