Regenerative medicine is a key technology to future medicine for aged societies in advanced countries as well as curing intractable diseases whole world. Recent topics on regenerative medicine are mainly focused on cells and their biochemical responses. Even they need carrier materials for cells and/or biofunctional chemicals with high biocompatibility, only few attentions are paid to basic biological functions of carrier materials themselves including biocompatibility. In fact, highly biofunctional materials will work in both in vitro and in vivo tissue regeneration. In this symposium, focus is pointed to biological functional materials with high biocompatibility which contribute to regenerative medicine as a carrier of both cells and biofunctional chemicals.
5. Regenerative medicine