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A Message from Kenichiro Itami, Director of ITbM

Kenichiro Itami, Director of ITbM, Nagoya University

Molecules are extremely small, but they are essential to all life on the planet. They are central to the operation of all industries, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, electronic materials, solar cells, displays, petrochemicals, automotive manufacturing, plastics, polymers and many other sectors. It is my strong belief that molecules have the power to change the way we do science and the way we live.

Our dream is to take advantage of the dramatic relationship between structure and function. By merging state-of-art synthetic chemistry, systems biology, and theoretical science, we aim to develop new ways of creating design-based bioactive molecules with targeted properties. These new synthetic paradigms will allow the design and synthesis of bioactive molecules both inside the flask and inside living organisms. Most importantly, our ultimate goal is to solve urgent problems in science and technology that have a large impact on society.

The identity of ITbM is its capability to develop completely new bioactive molecules with carefully designed functions. With biologists knowing what functions they need in molecules, and chemists knowing how to install these functions, huge advances are expected from our institute. This unique approach will surely attract top researchers worldwide and also nurture the next generation of researchers who are unrestricted by the bounds of traditional disciplines.

ITbM will connect molecules, create value, and change the world, one molecule at a time.