​​Taro Kinoshita

Growth Manager

Taro joined Real Tech Fund in 2017 as a growth manager where his main portfolio companies are in the biomedical and robotics field, including ANSeeN (next-generation X-ray sensors that cut radiation dosage by 1/1000), AMI (super stethoscopes that automatically assist with the diagnosis of cardiac diseases by analyzing cardiac sound and electrocardiographic information), and Miraikikai, Inc. (solar panel cleaning robots). Taro also led the establishment of the “Patent Booster”, which aims to offer hands-on IP support for portfolio companies to establish the frameworks for the social implementation of technology.

Prior to joining Real Tech Fund, Taro worked as a researcher at Sumitomo Chemical on the development of organic and inorganic nanocomposite materials for electronics and universal-design-compatible materials. In 2011, he became a member of the JSMS (The Society of Materials Science, Japan) Committee on Polymer Materials where he worked on the development of new medical businesses, such as fostering joint development between startups developing medical devices and a device manufacturer, as well as the planning and executing business strategies for materials used in regenerative medicine. His other roles at JSMS include planning and operating of workshops, editing the Society’s journals, and leading the overseas business sales division for functional resins from Southeast Asia.

Taro has a Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Main committee activities
  • Program Manager, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)
  • Mentor, Japan Patent Office, IPAS (IP Acceleration program for Startups)
  • Mentor, Kawasaki Deep Tech Accelerator
  • Judge, PSI (Peace & Science Innovation Ecosystem)