Professor Kinoshita graduated from Osaka University Medical School in 1974 and has served as the Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine since 1992. In the early 1980s, he collaborated with Dr. Richard A. Toft at The Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston and completed a cornea fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is known in the global ophthalmic community for his groundbreaking and innovative research concerning the cornea. Professor Kinoshita will help guide the company’s research efforts to develop genetics-based personalized medicine solutions to diagnose and treat corneal dystrophies, a leading cause of visual impairment that affects more than 900 million people in the developed world and accounts for roughly half of the keratoplasty, or corneal transplant, surgeries performed today.