Nobuyuki Kambe, PhD
Managing General Partner
Dr. Kambe is a General Partner and co-founder of Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). Dr. Kambe led PVP’s prior investments in C3Nano, Imprint Energy, Sionic Energy (formerly NOHMs Technologies), Tactus Technologies, and NanoQT .
He is a distinguished inventor and serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in 2D materials and nanomaterials. Dr. Kambe has over 50 issued patents and is the founder of three successful startups, 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 with management oversight of 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.
He earned his BS and MS from Keio University and his PhD from MIT. Dr. Kambe is a frequent lecturer at 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. In addition, he serves on the Investment/Innovation Advisory Committee (IAC) for several US non-profit organizations for innovations and climate change challenge, as well as is an advisor for president in university and research laboratories in Japan.