The team

Nobuyuki Nakano​

CEO, CBO
Experienced high-level manager and director. After graduating from the Department of Aeronautics at the University of Tokyo, Mr Nakano joined the ITOCHU Corporation, and later served as President of ROHM Semiconductor USA where he steered the company back into profits after years of losses following the IT bubble burst of 2001. In 2014, he joined the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). Master of Science, MIT business school (1991).

Akira Minakuchi

Director, CFO
Experienced global venture capitalist with extensive investment and board experience with Silicon Valley, Asian and Japanese startups. B.A. Law, Meiji University. Served as president of Kyushu Venture Partners, managing a 3 billion Yen startup fund, with a total investees IPO market capitalization of of over 100 billion yen.

Junji Adachi

Director, CSO
Experienced engineer and manager with 30+ years of experience in industry commercializing cleantech and OLED materials at Panasonic. Extensive experience incubating and collaborating with materials startups. B.S. Osaka University, Visiting Researcher, M.I.T.

Dr. Takahito Oyamada

CTO
With over 20 years of experience in OLED development and the field of organic semiconductors, he is a skilled and experienced engineer that focuses on organic panel development and is active on the front lines. Dr. Oyamada has past experience working for Pioneer and a special honor of being the first student at the Adachi laboratory.

Tsuyoshi Sakamoto

Outside director
Experienced university–industry alliance coordinator and venture capitalist with a focus on university spin-offs. Holds a B.S. and MBA from Kyushu University.

Ganapathy Subramaniam

Outside director
Experienced manager and director with extensive knowledge of the semiconductor industry. Co-founder of Cosmic Circuits and senior manager at Texas Instruments. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy and receiver of awards from both industry and academia.

Dr. Jun Zou

Outside director
An Investment Director at PDSTI (Shanghai Pudong Science Technology Investment Co., LTD.), with over 10-years semiconductor industry experience at Fortune 500 companies, e.g. Infineon and Bosch. He holds a PHD and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Technical University Munich, Germany, and Finance MBA from Shanghai Advanced Finance Institute (SAIF), Shanghai JiaoTong University, China.

Message from the Team

Nobuyuki Nakano​, CEO

The Advancement of Hyperfluorescence™ in the Market

Since its establishment in 2015, Kyulux has realized technological innovations required for OLED materials development and succeeded in launching the first ever Hyperfluorescence™ product to the market a year ago. 

Currently, multiple customers are conducting evaluation tests of Kyulux’s materials. In 2021, with the completion of these tests, Kyulux anticipates the official adoption of its materials into these customers’ product lines. 

Therefore, Kyulux will continue the pertinent development tasks in line with customer needs and will extend dialogue with business partners regarding the execution of mass production.

In these days, following the covid-19 pandemic, the demand for display products and OLED panels seems to have rapidly increased and has become more diverse than ever. In order to accommodate these new demands and requirements, Kyulux will initiate full utilization of Kyumatic, the AI-Materials Informatics system licensed from Harvard University and the database of Kyulux, while taking into consideration any feedback from our customers.

In the foreseeable future, Kyulux is confident that there will be many HF™ enabled products on the market that will make remarkable contributions to the quality of daily life and improvement of task efficiency. 

As a company, Kyulux is committed to taking active measures and putting in the required efforts needed to make this vision a reality.

Prof. Chihaya Adachi, Kyushu-University

Since the latter half of the 2000s, Kyushu University’s OPERA has believed in the great potential of TADF and has been vigorously engaged in budding basic research. In 2012, Nature magazine published an article which describes the realization of an OLED TADF device with 100% internal quantum efficiency.

In 2015, Kyulux was established in order to put this technology to practical use. In order to make TADF a feasible reality, it is essential to improve not only luminous efficiency but also element durability. Kyulux started shipping commercial TADF/HF materials in 2019, and the company is aiming for increased adoption and mass production in 2022.

Kyushu University’s OPERA center supports Kyulux’s R&D efforts with core science undertakings, advanced high-speed spectroscopic analysis and theoretical modeling of TADF molecular systems and element deterioration mechanisms.

I strongly hope that the research work will lead to improved performance of practical devices, and that the full-scale commercialization of TADF will open up new possibilities for organic molecules and advanced organic optoelectronics from both academic and industrial perspectives.