Born in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Kenji Suzuki graduated from the Department of Childhood Education, Faculty of Humanities, Morioka University. After graduation, he worked at a rehabilitation center in Iwate Prefecture and as an elementary school teacher in Yamagata Prefecture before establishing Tohoku University-launched venture company TESS Co., Ltd., in November 2008. Mr. Suzuki received the 17th Tohoku Entrepreneur Grand Prize in 2011 and the Japan Creation Award in 2013. Also in 2013, his company’s ProfhandTM pedal wheelchair received United States FDA approval and European Economic Area (EEA) CE marking approval. He also received the Japan Venture Awards 2014 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award.