Naonori Kurokawa engages in seed and early-stage venture companies utilizing physical and chemical science technologies. He works with a wide range of startups including the University of Tokyo- based company and other domestic university-related companies. He also works with international deals. He is an outside director of companies in which UTEC invests: Microwave Chemical Co. Ltd., Flosfia Inc., Quantum Biosystems Inc., Molcure Inc., Provig- ate Inc. and immunoSCAPE Pte. Ltd., Elixirgen Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to joining UTEC, he worked at a venture capital called ARCH Venture Partners which utilizes academic research from all over the U.S.
Naonori was a researcher at the Laboratory of Environmental Technology, Ricoh, Japan. He joined ARCH Venture Partners while studying abroad at the University of Chicago. He joined UTEC in August 2009. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from School of Engineering at Osaka University.