CRS T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research
Achievement Award
Co-sponsored by The Nagai Foundation Tokyo

2016 Awardees

Koen Raemdonck is a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Pharmaceutics at Ghent University, Belgium. Dr. Raemdonck received his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences in 2009 under the guidance of Prof. Stefaan De Smedt. Currently, he supervises four Ph.D. candidates and one junior postdoc, exploring novel bio-inspired approaches for delivery of macromolecular therapeutics across intra- and extracellular biological barriers. For his work, he received the biennial National Prize of the Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011 and the Prize of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine for Scientific Research in Pharmacy in 2014.

Stefaan C. De Smedt is the director of the Ghent Research Group on Nanomedicines (Belgium). He served as dean of his faculty and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University. He has been elected as member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine. Dr. De Smedt serves as the editor of the Journal of Controlled Release for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. For his research, which is at the interface between drug delivery, biophysics, and material sciences, he received the CRS Young Investigator Award (2006) and the APV Research Award (2010) for Outstanding Research Achievements in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is a scientific founder of Memobead Technologies and a member of the Drug Delivery Advisory Panel for Santen Pharmaceutical Company.


The CRS. T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual postdoc who has recently completed postdoctoral research in controlled release science and technology and the postdoc’s advisor, who played an integral role in the achievements. Candidates for the award may be from academia, industry, or government. Candidates must be a CRS member.


The CRS T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award has been established to recognize those who have made an outstanding postdoctoral research achievement in controlled release science and technology.

Nomination Process:

In addition to completing the online form. The following items are to be saved as pdf files and emailed directly to CRS Program Manager, Linda Schmitt by January 15.

  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae
  • Abstract of work (if available)
  • Examples of quality research papers
  • Patents related to the work, and a list of publications on the subject.
  • Two letters of support for the nominee

Selection Process:

The CRS T. Nagai Postdoctoral Research Achievement Award Committee will be responsible for the selection of the award.


The awardee will receive:

  • Award Plaque
  • $3,000 award honoriaum to the awardee and their principle advisor each receive a $3,000 award honorarium
  • Awardee will present an Award Lecture at the CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition
  • Complimentary Registration to the CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition for the principal recipient and advisor

CRS. T. Nagai Postdoctural Research Achievement Awardees

Past Recipients


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