For the next period of time, Swabian “spätzle” noodles will frequently take the place of traditional Japanese ramen in Takuma Katayama’s diet. Katayama, who holds a PhD in chemistry, actually works in Kobe, Japan, where he leads a team in the area of medication development. Now he will spend three years as the project manager of research and development teams at the German location in Biberach. In January 2019, Katayama relocated to Germany with his little daughter and his wife, who was then expecting their second child.
Though it was a real adventure for the young family, it wasn’t a step into the unknown for the Katayamas: “We were looking forward to seeing our friends and colleagues here again,” says the chemist. Starting back in 2011, he had already spent three years as a scientific assistant in Biberach. “The first time I came here, my main priority was gaining a better understanding of the development team’s processes in Biberach,” Katayama recalls. The objective of his time overseas was to bring the technical collaboration of the teams even closer together.