Institute  of  Microbial  Chemistry


  • Sep. 12, 2018

    We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Masayuki Igarashi (Head of Laboratory of Microbiology) received the Sumiki-Umezawa Memorial Award in 2018 relating to his research in the“Investigation of novel antibiotics effective against multidrug resistant bacteria”

    The lecture will be held at GakushiKaikan in Tokyo on November 8, 2018.


  • Mar. 23, 2018

    It was announced in the ”Nature Index 2018 Japan” of Nature magazine that IMC was determined to be the No. 1 research institution in Japan regarding high quality publications in natural sciences. This announcement reflects the large proportion of high quality scientific articles released by the institute in the six years from 2012 to 2017.


  • Feb. 2, 2018

    We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Naoya Kumagai (Chief Researcher) received the Merck-Banyu Lectureship Award 2017 in research on “A New Frontier of Amide Chemistry”.

  • Aug. 25, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the press release on development of anti-tuberculosis drug which shows effect on extensively drug resistant TB (XDRTB) discovered at our institute (IMC).


  • Apr. 6, 2017

    Honoring Professor Dr. Masakatsu Shibasaki’s 70th birthday, the Special Issue was published in HETEROCYCLES.

  • Jan. 31, 2017

    We have developed a new highly active catalyst for direct amidation.

    Uique physicochemical and catalytic properties dictated by the B3NO2 ring system.
    H. Noda, M. Furutachi, Y. Asada, M. Shibasaki, N. Kumagai
    Nat. Chem.
    doi: 10.1038/nchem.2708