General Partner, Phoenix Venture Partners
Dr. Kambe is a partner and co-founder of Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). He is a distinguished inventor and serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in nanomaterials and low-dimensional materials. Dr. Kambe has over 50 issued patents and is the founder of three successful start-ups, NanoGram Devices (acquired), Neophotonics (IPO), and NanoGram Corporation (acquired). Earlier in his career, Dr. Kambe was a Research Manager in semiconductor and carbon nanomaterials and devices at Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) where he became Senior Manager of New Business Strategy in Strategic Planning, with oversight responsibilities for thousands of patents and hundreds of commercialization and R&D partnerships. Dr. Kambe was also a Managing Director at the International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) in Japan and was the founder of ICMR-USA. Dr. Kambe earned his BS and MS from Keio University and his PhD from MIT. He has been a frequent lecturer at universities including the University of Tokyo, Kagawa University, and Keio University, and was a member of the Evaluation Committee for Nanotechnology at AIST, a major national laboratory in Japan. Currently he serves on the boards of C3Nano, Imprint Energy, Senova Systems, and NBD Nanotechnologies.