Award Name : Millennium Technology Prize
Year of Award : 2012
Award for : Technology
Location : Higashi-ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
Shinya Yamanaka (born September 4, 1962) is a Japanese Nobel Prize-winning stem cell researcher.He serves as the director of Center for iPS Cell (induced Pluripotent Stem Cell) Research and Application and a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University; as a senior investigator at the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California; and as a professor of anatomy at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Yamanaka is also a past president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).He received Millennium Technology Prize in 2012 for in recognition of his discovery of a new method to develop induced pluripotent stem cells for medical research. Using his method to create stem cells, scientists all over the world are making great strides in research in medical drug testing and biotechnology. This should one day lead to the successful growth of implant tissues for clinical surgery and combating intractable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.