Director of Venture Capital, HOYA
James Kaiser is the Strategist for HOYA’s Corporate VC Group and the only member to be based outside Japan. His responsibilities include investing in startup companies to expand HOYA’s areas of interest within the Life Care segment. Prior to this role at HOYA, he has over 15 years’ experience working in the R&D labs of academia, startups, and Fortune 500 companies that he leverages to evaluate the potential and maturity of an investment target’s technology. HOYA Corporation is a diversified, multinational company and leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high-tech and healthcare products. HOYA is active in two main business segments: The Life Care segment encompasses health care areas such as eyeglass lenses and the operation of contact lens retail stores, as well as medical related areas such as intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, medical endoscopes, surgical equipment and artificial bones and implants. HOYA´s Information Technology segment focuses on electronics products for the semiconductor industry and LCD panels, glass disks for HDDs and optical lenses for digital cameras and smartphones. The HOYA Group comprises over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates and over 34,000 people worldwide.