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Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)

Taisuke Ikawa

Taisuke Ikawa is an engineer and designer who has experienced the R&D and regulatory science in the healthcare industry for several years before joining the IDE. He wishes to contribute to people's better lives circulating what he's got throughout his experience, finding issues, igniting solutions, and exploring the next possibilities. 


 - Non-clinical Assessment Design of Autologous Chondrocytes Implantation, June 2015 Taisuke Ikawa, Kazuo Yano, Natsumi Watanabe, Kenichiro Tsuyuki, Masayuki Yamato

- Hyperspectral Imaging of Lipids Using Near-infrared Super Continuum Light, International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), 25/II: 630-632, 2009, Taisuke Ikawa, Katsunori Ishii, Kunio Awazu

- Less-invasive Hyperspectral Imaging of Lipids Using Near-infrared Super Continuum Light, the Laser Society of Japan, RTM-09-20: 13-17, 2009, Taisuke Ikawa, Katsunori Ishii, Kunio Awazu


- Radiation Imaging Apparatus, Operation Assisting Apparatus, Control Methods Thereof, and Storage Medium, June 2013, Publication number: US 20140124668 A1

Taisuke Ikawa, Kazumasa Matsumoto

- Imaging Apparatus, Imaging System and Imaging Method, December 2015, Publication number: US 20150373292 A1

Taisuke Ikawa, Kazumasa Matsumoto 


- The 11th Congress of the Japan Society for Regenerative Medicine, Yokohama Japan, March 2015

- The 30th Annual Meeting of the Laser Society of Japan 2010, Osaka Japan, February 2010

- World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2009 (WC 2009), Munich Germany, September 2009

- The 389th Workshop of the Laser Society of Japan 2009, Wakayama Japan, August 2009

- The 21th Workshop of Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine 2008, Osaka Japan, July 2008

- The 47th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, Kobe Japan, May 2008



Degree Details

School of Design

Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)


Rotary Club

The exploration of potential developments in the context of biotechnology's future - Even in different fields, individually developed technologies would be implemented together into the same system to achieve more significant functions based on better performance than current electrical devices. However, there are some gaps between the current situation and expected future. We aim to fill the gap with a straightforward connector device.

Launch Project
On-going biotechnologies
Biotechnologies are currently expanding to various applications such as medicine, foods, and even devices such as sensors and actuators. Based on this, home application taking advantage of living cells might be one of the possible common senses in the close future?

A limitation of facilities — Along rapid development of biotechnologies, we can see some limitation and issues surrounding them to support further possibility and development of biotechnologies. In general, the researchers and manufacturers need specific facilities and clean tools to develop their research and development to work with living cells, providing and guarantying a hygienic environment.

An environmental burden — In terms of the environmental influence of biological works using living cells, 5.5 million tons of disposable plastic wastes were regularly produced through biological experiments worldwide. They have to be disinfected by using large amount of water and electricity. These negative aspects would prevent potential private use of biotechnology, such as using a biohybrid device at home.

How can we fill these gaps for the future context?

What if we could access to and cultivate living cells without large facility like clean bench and large amount of disposable tools?

Livingconnection is a connector device enables to link clean spaces even out of laboratories.


We apply a straightforward and chemicals-free method to securely separate the spaces between living cells and our living environment.

Small-scaled steam disinfection is applying established methods used for a long time in autoclaving biology. The device produces high pressured steam with the least amount of water in the short term for secure sterilization. This mechanism is being filed in the patent.
Also, the controller plays a crucial role in managing the process of sterilization and allows users to set the amount of injection.
The connector device separates between the spaces of living cells and our environment by sterilisation pre and post injection.
Users generally store the solution in the fridge or appropriate storage. The connector device is attached with the bottle, so user collect the bottle with connectors from the fridge. While they sterilize the connector on the controller device, user can set the amount of solution injected. Once they've done the sterilisation, users insert the connector into the receptor and inject the solution. After the injection, users sterilize the connector once again before returning the bottle to the storage. Throughout the process of injecting the solution, users don't need to access a clean bench and dispose special waste.





We are looking at supporting the biotechnologies aiming at working out of laboratories. How does future look like base on this technology? The sterilizing connector enables people to work with living cells for various applications outside the laboratory, such as household.
This connector device might allow us to imagine various possibilities for home applications require reusable clean connections in the near future.
I would like to appreciate the staffs and students of the IDE programme and lecturers in Imperial College London, as well as the Iida rotary club and Canterbury Rotary club, Keisuke Matsumoto at SMR Japan Ltd. , Tomomichi Nakazaki for the great and warm support to allow me to join the programme for two years, my flatmates Kathrine and Bertram Tinhof for whole cheerful life and beautiful garden in London, and my families for every support during the study in the IDE.

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