Company information

MISSION

We want to achieve independent lifestyles for everyone as long as they live.

  • Imagine a world where no-one ends up bedridden.
    Imagine a world where anyone can work as long as they live.
    Imagine a world without backbreaking labor.
    Imagine a world with no need for elderly care.
  • Imagine the possibilities this could bring to people’s lives.
    We seek technology that supports people in order to realize such a world.

VISION

We started working on development to address issues in the world. We strive to support everyone by building robots for people, and take on all challenges head on.

  • Innophys began with one desire: We want to achieve independent lifestyles for everyone as long as they live.
  • At Innophys, we aim to solve problems, not to lead the pack in technology. With its origins in a university, this venture company conducts development in order to solve problems faced by users. Many venture companies that originate from universities are known to work from the standpoint of technology, so we are unique in this regard.
  • Our prime focus is to use the power of robotics to support people in need.
  • We can only shrug and live with issues such as heavy and difficult labor, rehabilitation after severe injuries and illnesses, as well as a lack of sufficient progress in achieving a barrier-free society. At Innophys, we have a strong desire to solve these problems with the power of robotics, and we are working to achieve this goal.
  • Networks have changed the whole world’s way of life. Cars will soon drive autonomously, and it may not be long before anybody can utilize AI to take professional pictures on a smartphone.
    We believe that the day will soon come when it will be common for people to use wearable robotics as they live, work, and receive treatment, just like autonomous driving and AI.
  • The name Innophys comes from our aim to achieve Innovation for Physical Support.
  • We do not seek to create a robot out of a fantasy; we want to create robots for people. Through these initiatives, we will strive to achieve transformations that make the world a better place, and that make people’s lives easier.
  • Innovation means to achieve something that has never been done before. At Innophys, we are constantly undertaking initiatives to carve out new and unknown terrain. We are working as pioneers, and we can only keep moving forward. We will tackle all issues head on and pave the way ahead.

Company overview

Name
Innophys Co., Ltd.
Location
3rd Floor, Morito Memorial Hall, Tokyo University of Science, 4-2-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan 162-0825
Tel. +81 3-5225-1083 / Fax +81 3-3260-3400
Founded
December 27, 2013
Founder
Hiroshi Kobayashi (Professor at Tokyo University of Science)
Representative
Takashi Furukawa
Capital
1.411 billion yen (including capital reserves)
Main areas of business
Developing, designing, manufacturing, and distributing equipment for elderly care and welfare
Developing, designing, manufacturing, and distributing specialized industrial equipment
Discovering core technologies for developing equipment, and providing consultation regarding commercialization
Obtaining, maintaining, and managing IP related to core technologies for developing equipment
Obtaining, maintaining, and managing certification for products

Executives

  • Takashi Furukawa, Representative Director, President, and CEO
  • Takashi Furukawa, Representative Director, President, and CEO

    B.Eng., Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo; Completed the master’s course in Economics at the University of Tokyo
    After working at the Bank of Japan and the Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Furukawa founded a real estate investment venture. After serving as a Director of Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. and Corporate Officer of SanBio Company Limited, he assumed the position of the Representative Director of the Company in December 2017.

  • Hiroshi Kobayashi, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi, Member of the Board of Directors

    Completed the doctoral course at the Tokyo University of Science (Ph.D. in Engineering).
    In 1996, Dr. Kobayashi was dispatched to the University of Zurich through the Postdoctral Fellowship for Research Abroad of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He was appointed as a lecturer in 1998, Assistant Professor in 1999, and Professor in 2008 (to date) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Division I, the Tokyo University of Science.
    In 2013, Dr. Kobayashi founded Innophys Co., Ltd.

  • Isao Kikuchi, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Isao Kikuchi, Member of the Board of Directors

    After joining Akimoto Koki, Ltd. (currently, Akimotokoki Industry Corporation), Mr. Kikuchi established and became the President & CEO of Kikuchi Seisakusho Co., Ltd. in March 1976 (to date). He also serves as the Chairman of Korea Kikuchi Co., Ltd. and Kikuchi (Hong Kong) Limited, as well as the representative of Walk-Mate Lab Co., Ltd. and TCC Media Lab Co., Ltd. (to date).
    Mr. Kikuchi has been a member of the Board of the Company since 2013.

  • Shinji Oshige, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Shinji Oshige, Member of the Board of Directors

    After working at Nippon Life Insurance Company, Mr. Oshige joined the Boston Consulting Group. Then, after serving as the Executive Officer of Dream Incubator Inc., he joined Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (currently, INCJ, Ltd.) in 2012 and currently serves as a Managing Director at INCJ (to date).
    Mr. Oshige has been a member of the Board of the Company since 2015.

  • Noboru Kotani, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Noboru Kotani, Member of the Board of Directors

    After working at the Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Kotani was appointed as the Representative Director of Dream Incubator Inc. Since 2005, he has been the Representative Director of Vehicle, Inc. (to date).
    Currently, Mr. Kotani also serves as the Outside Director of Combi Corporation, Jins Holdings Inc. and SanBio Company Limited, as well as being a member of the Board of the Company since 2019.

  • Hiroshi Sato, Full-time Audit & Supervisory Board Member
  • Hiroshi Sato, Full-time Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    After joining NEC Corporation, Mr. Sato engaged in the formulation of business management measures, production control, budget compilation and management, and other duties.
    Then, after serving as a director and auditor at NEC’s affiliated companies, he undertook the establishment of affiliated companies, the transfer of business companies, and the implementation of capital measures, including capital increases and takeover bids. Mr. Sato has been a member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of the Company since 2019.

  • Nobuo Ito, Audit & Supervisory Board Member
  • Nobuo Ito, Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    After working at the Bank of Japan and E-Bank Corporation (currently, Rakuten Bank, Ltd.), Mr. Ito served as the Vice President of Ultima Capital Management Inc. After serving as a director at multiple companies, including Minato Holdings Inc. and SanMax Technologies Inc., Mr. Ito is currently the Representative Director of Shoken Sekkei Inc. and Tencube Inc., as well as being a member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of the Company since 2019.

  • Hiroyuki Orita, Audit & Supervisory Board Member
  • Hiroyuki Orita, Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    After joining ShinNihon LLC (currently, Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC), Mr. Orita was registered as a certified public accountant in 2010. Then, he joined a certified public accountants' office in 2012. In 2015, Mr. Orita established Orita CPA Office and became its representative (to date).
    In 2018, he assumed the position of a representative partner of Mitt Tax Co. (to date).
    Mr. Orita has been a member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of the Company since 2018.

History

2001
R&D started at Kobayashi’s Lab at Tokyo University of Science for Muscle Suit, the wearable robot using artificial muscles
2013
Work in the lab saw progress toward a practical implementation of a Muscle Suit specialized for back assistance Innophys Co., Ltd. was founded (capital: 10.5 million yen)
2014
Increased capital to 20.5 million yen (gaining 10 million yen)Began selling Muscle Suit products for back support (known as the Standard Model at the time)* The model name was changed to Muscle Suit Power in September 2018 following a remodeling
2015
Increased capital to 605.5 million yen (gaining 585 million yen)Began selling the Light Support Model in our back support Muscle Suit line (currently not available for sale) Received the Chairman of Nippon Keidanren Award in the 13th Merit Awards for Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration held by the Cabinet Office
2016
Began selling the first stand-alone model in our back support Muscle Suit line (currently not available for sale)
2017
Began selling the current stand-alone model in our back support Muscle Suit line
* The model name was changed to Muscle Suit in September 2018
2018
Began selling Muscle Suit Edge for back support Began selling Muscle Upper for arm and back support Received 2018 Red Herring 100 Global Winner Received an Award of Encouragement in the 2018 Going-Global Innovations Competition held by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
2019
Increased capital to 1.411 billion yen (gaining 806.4 million yen)

Message from the founder

We do not seek to create a robot out of a fantasy;
we want to create robots for people.

Hiroshi Kobayashi, Developer and Founder, Professor at Tokyo University of Science

Humanoid robots were at their zenith when I began development. While humanoid robots are able to walk on two feet, there is still a long way to go before they can possess their own identities and act by themselves like humans do. I was considering what I could do to truly help people, and I came to the conclusion that one thing people feel the strongest dislike towards and experience the greatest emotional burden is being unable to move by themselves and needing to be taken care of by someone else. I realized that I could help the world by building a machine to solve this problem, and began development in 2001 on a device that could help immobilized people move again.

Work on building wearable robots for people to use is more than just building according to specifications, unlike regular machines. Muscle Suit was created through a continued process of trial and error, working flexibly while taking on feedback from workplace users. The systems inside it and its outer appearance are all the result of applied knowledge. I am confident to say that this product is replete with technologies that no one else can achieve.

We are currently focused on products designed for back support, but we will move speedily to gradually commercialize devices that assist movement throughout the body, in order to achieve independent lifestyles for everyone as long as they live. Last but not least, we will strive to create products that are admired by people around the world.

Hiroshi Kobayashi, Developer and Founder, Professor at Tokyo University of Science

Access

Address
3rd Floor, Morito Memorial Hall, Tokyo University of Science, 4-2-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan
Nearest station
Iidabashi Station, served by the following lines
- JR Sobu Line, West Exit
- Tokyo Metro Yurakucho/Tozai/Nanboku Lines, Exit B3
Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station on the Toei Oedo Line, Exit A3
Kagurazaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Exit 1