Teruo Okano is currently Emeritus Professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU), and Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Director of Cell Sheet Tissue Engineering Center at University of Utah, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at Waseda University, TOKYO. Hehad initiated innovative research institute, TWIns (TWMU and Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Science), in 2008 as Director for fusing medicine and engineering for future advanced medicine.
He is the author or co-author of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as over 250 books and book chapters; the citations are 82,263 and h-index is 149. He is Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Fellow of Science Council of Japan, Fellow of the Controlled Release Society and Fellow of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. He is the recipient of the numerous awards including Emperor’s Medal with Purple Ribbon (National Meritorious Achievement Award) (2009), Commendation for Science & Technology (Education Ministry) (2009), Leona Esaki Prize (2005), Clemson Award for Basic Research (Society for Biomaterials) (1997). The latest additions are; the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology from Society of Polymer Science Japan (2013), the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biomaterial Science from Japanese Society for Biomaterial (2014) and TERMIS-AP Excellence Achievement Award (2018).