Josh Palmer, PhD

Investment Associate

Dr. Palmer began his career in the startup world as Head of R&D at a JPL biotech company called Verrix, a spin-out from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. He holds a Chemistry PhD from Caltech and spent 3 years as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University in the City of New York. His two-dozen academic publications have been cited 800 times, and he holds several issued US patents.

At Kairos Ventures, Dr. Palmer is responsible for sourcing and due diligence for opportunities across the physical sciences, broadly defined to include innovations in materials, energy, communications, catalysis, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and even the occasional medical device. He also sits on the Board of Kairos Ventures portfolio company Xidas and manages Kairos Ventures’ relationships with University Partners that include Caltech, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and New York University.

In his free time, Dr. Palmer watches movies and goes on long hikes with his chihuahua mix, Ferrous.

Josh Palmer Investment Associate Kairos Ventures