Dr. Kataoka acquired his doctorate in polymer chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1979. Post his doctorate, Dr. Katoaka worked as a faculty at the Tokyo Women’s Medical College for ten years. He joined the Tokyo University of Science in 1989 and served there until 1998. After that, he moved to the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering as a Full Professor of Biomaterials. He has also worked as a Professor of Clinical Biotechnology at the Center of Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, the University of Tokyo Medical School from 2004 to 2016. Since the year 2016, Dr. Kataoka has been working in the capacity of Director General at the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine, Kawasaki Institute of Industry Promotion.
In his prolific career so far, he has received a high number of awards and recognitions, including the Founder’s Award from Controlled Release Society (2008), Gutenberg Research Award (2015), Clemson Award, Society for Biomaterials USA (2005), Humboldt Research Award (2012), Leo Esaki Prize (2012), and more. In the year 2018, he was also installed Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr.h.c.) at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Currently, Dr. Kataoka serves as a member of the Science Council of Japan, the Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and the Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE).