The AFPS Nagai Distinguished Scientist Award

The aim of the AFPS Nagai Distinguished Scientist Award is to honor the Founder President of AFPS, Prof. Tsuneji Nagai, by making an award to an eminent Asian pharmaceutical scientist whose research in the field of pharmaceutical sciences is particularly distinguished, at the biennial AFPS Congress.

2023: Prof. Tetsuya Ozeki

Professor Tetsuya Ozeki, a professor at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya City University, is an outstanding researcher in the field of drug delivery systems using nanocomposite particles. His nanocomposite particles are expected to open up future applications, such as nanoparticles that can reach the target state by being inhaled from the lungs and absorbed at the alveolar site, and that can improve the dissolution rate and oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. For his significant and lasting contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences, he received the Takeru & Aya Higuchi Memorial Award from the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Japan (APSTJ) in 2019 and the APSTJ Asahi Kasei Encouragement Award of Pharmaceutics in 2006. His reputation in scientific societies is also evidenced by his sustained, effective and outstanding leadership as President of APSTJ from 2022 and the Forum for Pharmaceutical Innovation from 2019.

2019: Prof. Ian Tucker

Professor Ian G. Tucker, the Professor of School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, is exactly an eminent Asian pharmaceutical scientist whose research in the field of pharmaceutical sciences is particularly distinguished. Professor Tucker’s research is on the formulation and delivery of bioactives and drugs for human and veterinary applications. The features of his research is that his interest includes fundamental understanding of mechanisms by which bioactives cross, or are prevented from crossing, biological membranes like the blood-brain barrier. He has over 170 papers, and is an inventor on patents several of which have resulted in animal health products which are used in the New Zealand dairy industry. His reputation in scientific societies is also evidenced by his sustained, effective, and outstanding leadership in Controlled Release Society (CRS) as a President from 2013 to 2014. 


2017: Prof. Kenji Sugibayashi

Professor Kenji Sugibayashi, the President of Josai International University, is an outstanding researcher in the field of the percutaneous absorption and skin penetration of drugs. His research has particularly focused on transdermal drug delivery techniques such as iontophoresis and electroporation and medical devices such as microneedle arrays and needleless syringes. Prof. Sugibayashi had also initiated The Asia Pacific Pharmacy Education Workshop that has been conducted for a number of years to discuss pharmacy education with representatives of ASEAN countries. 

2015: Prof. William N. Charman

Professor William N. Charman is Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of  Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at Monash University. Throughout his career, he has strived to be an agent of change in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, not just in research, but also in education and practice. His research has been characterized by a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to address major issues in drug discovery especially for neglected diseases like malaria, drug delivery, and the pharmaceutical sciences. The title of his award lecture is "Pharmaceutical Sciences: Relevance|Innovation|Education". These three qualities describe his personal strengths.

2013: Profs. Hiroaki Okada and Hajime Toguchi

Hiroaki Okada, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and Director (CEO) of Okada DDS Research Institute. Hajime Toguchi, Ph.D. is Executive Adviser of Pharmaceutical Division and Director Executive Committee Member of Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Long before collaborations in research in vogue, Drs. Okada and Toguchi had demonstrated the value of that approach in their landmark innovation embodied in a therapeutic breakthrough in leuprolein. Furthermore, their lifelong commitment to pursue cutting edge science is an inspiration, as exemplified in their latest research in targeted delivery of modern molecular therapeutics.

2011: Prof. Vincent H.L. Lee

Dr. Vincent H.L. Lee is Professor and Director of the School of Pharmacy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

  Earlier he served as Associate Director at the Office of  Pharmaceutical Science in the US Food and Drug Administration, Vice President of Biological, Formulation and Material Science at ALZA, and Gavin S. Herbert Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs at the University of Southern California.

  He is a world-renowned leader and pacesetter in the pharmaceutical and drug delivery fields, a towering international figure in controlled release. His research contributions in drug delivery formulations, cellular interactions, mechanisms of solute transport through cells, and regulatory affairs have been pioneering and groundbreaking for the field. He is credited with 6,567 citations ranking 9th among all scientists working in “drug delivery”. His former PhDs from North America, Asia, and Europe are important contributors in a leading scientific constellation.

2009: Prof. Li-He Zhang

Dr. Li-He Zhang is Professor of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, China.

2009: Prof. Chang-Koo Shim - AFPS Scientist of the Year Award

Dr. Chang-Koo Shim is Professor of the School of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Korea.

The AFPS Nagai Pre-doctoral Best Paper Award

The AFPS Nagai Pre-doctoral Best Paper Award will be presented to the pre-doctoral best research papers (by oral or poster presentation) submitted at every AFPS Conference.

AFPS 2017 - Xiamen, China

Gold Medal award winner

  • Eun-Sook Kim (Duksung Women's University), C-reactive protein binds to integrin apha2 and Fcgamma receptor I, leading to breast cell adhesion and breast cancer progression.

Silver Medal award winners

  • Ziqian Zhang (Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College), Brain metabolism study of IMM-H004.
  • Xiangtao Cheng (University of Shizuoka), Effect of powder properties on the aerosolization performance of nano-porous mannitol particles as dry powder inhalation carrier.

Bronze Medal award winners

  • Yong-Hoon Lee (Chosun University), Development of oxygen delivery system for escaping hypoxia culture status.
  • Mayumi Maeda (Gifu Pharmaceutical University), Evaluation of the behavior of chitosan-coated liposomes in the gastro-intestinal tract for oral administration of peptide drugs.
  • Hai-Lun Jiang (Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College), Total flavonoid extract from Dracoephalum moldavica L. attenuates beta-amyloid-induced toxicity through anti-amyloidogenesic and neurotrophic pathways.
  • Shengmei Zhang (Xiamen University).

AFPS 2015 - Bangkok, Thailand

Gold Medal award winner

  • Worawut Kriangkrai (Naresuan University), Film coated floating tablets using sublimable substances.

Silver Medal award winners

  • Ryo Kinoshita (Kumamoto University), S-Nitrosated human serum albumin dimer as novel nano EPR enhancer applied to nano-anticancer drugs.
  • Shinshu Unida (Gifu Pharmaceutical University),  Inhalation properties of water-soluble drug loaded liposomes atomized by nebulizer.

Bronze Medal award winners

  • Sakalanunt Lamaisakul (Chulalongkorn University), Effect of cationic microemulsion on hemolysis and immune cell uptake.
  • Benchawan Chamsai (Silpakorn University), Effect of cooling technique on physicochemical properties of ternary solid dispersion of manidipine hydrochloride prepared by melting method.
  • Su Su Latt (Silpakorn University), Preparation and physical properties of itraconazole-loaded nanoemulsions using pineapple starch as co-emulsifier.
  • Toshiki Hayashi (Gifu Pharmaceutical University), Novel approaches for posterior segment ocular drug delivery with folate-modified liposomal formulation.

AFPS 2011 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Valamatdi M (MSU, Malaysia), Screening aqueous extract of Artocarpus Altilis (breadfruit) leaves for anti-diabetic effect in alloxan-induced diabetic mice.
  • Madhavan Nampoothiri G (Manipal University, India), Cardio-protective effect of n-acetyl cysteine in subchoronic exposure of malathion in wistar rats.
  • Luay Thanoon Younis (UITM, Malaysia), Development of 3D injective biodegradable hydrogel for the treatment of periodontal disease.
  • Hiromasa Uchiyama (Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Japan), A novel hybrid-nanocomposite of alpha-glucosyl stevia and surfactant: for dissolution and absorption enhancement of insoluble drugs.

AFPS 2009 - Fukuoka, Japan

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