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【東京2016年7月27日PR Newswire=共同通信JBN】最新式分光機器の革新的開発企業であるアトナープ(Atonarp Inc.、本社東京)は、産業革新機構(Innovative Network Corporation of Japan、INCJ)が主導し、Walden-Riverwood Venturesとイノベーティブ・ベンチャーファンド(Innovative Venture Fund Investment、イノベーティブ・ベンチャー投資事業有限責任組合)の参加も得て、1600万ドルを上限とする共同出資を受けることになったと発表した。調達する資金はアトナープの第1世代「Smart Spectrometers(スマート・スペクトロメーター、TM)」の商品化に利用する。下記の投資家向けウェブサイトを参照。

プラカッシュ・マーシー最高経営責任者(CEO)は「当社の革新的な技術と製品の性能には、顧客の支持が大きく寄せられている。業界ではこの製品をゲームチェンジャーと呼ぶ人もおり、第1世代のSmart Spectrometer(TM)の登場に熱い期待が寄せられている。今回の資金調達によって当社は、顧客の生産計画に見合った製造に踏み込める」と述べた。

アトナープの小型化したSmart Spectrometer(TM)は分子分析に革命をもたらした。これまでのアトナープのスペクトロメーター(分光器)の構成部品は超小型形状因子向けに最適化された。アトナープのSmart Spectrometer(TM)技術基盤の中心部には、強力なプロセッサーと、高速、高感度、高分解度、高精密を可能にする独自のソフトウエア・アルゴリズムを組み込んでいる。その結果、高度に設定可能で柔軟なリアルタイムデータ分析ツールとなり、幅広い応用分野で利用できる多様性を備えることになった。

アトナープの初のSmart Spectrometer(TM)の導入は、エネルギー、医薬品、石油化学、半導体各業界における産業用ガスのプロセス分析での利用を目指す。それに続いては、同じSmart Spectrometer(TM)技術基盤を使って医療や食品・飲料業界向けに液体と固体の分子組成分析のためのスペクトロメーカーを計画している。

▽アトナープ(Atonarp Inc.)について






アトナープはSmart Spectrometerを設計、製造する科学機器会社。

▽産業革新機構(Innovative Network Corporation of Japan、INCJ)について







▽Walden Riverwood Venturesについて





Walden Riverwood Venturesは世界的に中核技術会社への投資を専門とするベンチャーキャピタル会社。同社のパートナーは投資先企業に対して深い業界知識と企業のつながり、経営知識を独自に提供している。Walden Riverwood Venturesは新しい製品カテゴリーを創造したり、多くの産業垂直構造に利益となる可能性を秘めた中核技術を開発する企業に対し、初期段階投資をリードしている。

▽イノベーティブ・ベンチャーファンド(Innovative Venture Fund Investment Limited Partnership、イノベーティブ・ベンチャー投資事業有限責任組合)について






問い合わせ先: David Zimpfer, david.zimpfer@atonarp.com

ソース:Atonarp Inc.

Atonarp Inc. Completes up to $16 Million in Funding Round Led by Innovative Network Corporation of Japan


TOKYO, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

Tokyo-based Atonarp Inc., an innovative developer of advanced spectroscopic

instruments, announced that it has raised up to $16 million in capital led by

Innovative Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) with participation from

Walden-Riverwood Ventures and Innovative Venture Fund Investment. The funds

will be used to commercialize Atonarp's first generation of Smart

Spectrometers(TM). Please visit the investor websites listed below.

"The company's innovative technology and product performance is creating a

groundswell of customer support; some are referring to our products as 'game

changers' in their industry and they are keenly anticipating the introduction

of our first generation Smart Spectrometers(TM)", said Prakash Murthy, Chief

Executive Officer. "This funding will allow us to ramp into unit volume to meet

our customer's production schedules."

Atonarp's miniaturized Smart Spectrometer(TM) is revolutionizing molecular

analysis. The traditional instrument componentry in the Atonarp spectrometer

has been miniaturized and optimized for an ultra small form factor. At the core

of Atonarp's Smart Spectrometer(TM) technology platform is powerful processor

coupled with proprietary software algorithms, which deliver speed, sensitivity,

resolution and accuracy. The result is a highly configurable, flexible,

real-time data analytic tool, which has the versatility to be used across a

wide variety of applications.

Atonarp's first Smart Spectrometer(TM) introduction will focus on industrial

gas process analytics applications in the energy, pharmaceutical, petrochemical

and semiconductor industries. Using the same Smart Spectrometer(TM) technology

platform, Atonarp will follow with a spectrometer for molecular compositional

analysis of liquids and solids targeted at the medical and food and beverage


About Atonarp Inc.

Established                     November 2009

Business Outline                Development, manufacturing and sales of

                                analytical equipment

Headquarters                    Minato-ku, Tokyo

CEO, CTO & Founder              Sreedhar Prakash Murthy

URL                             http://atonarp.com/  

Atonarp is a scientific instrumentation company that designs & manufactures

Smart Spectrometers.  

About Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

Established                      July 2009

Headquarters                     Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

President and COO                Mikihide Katsumata

URL                              http://www.incj.co.jp/  

INCJ was established in July 2009 as a public-private partnership that provides

financial, technological and management support for next-generation businesses.

INCJ specifically supports those projects that combine technologies and varied

expertise across industries and materialize open innovation. INCJ has the

capacity to invest up to 2 trillion Japanese yen (approx. US$20 billion).

INCJ's management team is drawn from the private sector with diverse experience

in investment, technologies and management. Through its Innovation Network

Committee, INCJ assesses investment opportunities that contribute to industrial

innovation in Japan in line with criteria set by the government.

About Walden Riverwood Ventures

Established                     2014

Headquarters                    San Francisco, California

Founders                        Nicholas Brathwaite, Michael Marks, Lip-Bu Tan

URL                             http://www.wrvcapital.com  

Walden Riverwood Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investing in

core technology companies globally. The firm's partners provide its portfolio

companies with unique access to deep industry knowledge, relationships and

management experience. Walden Riverwood Ventures leads early stage investments

in companies developing core technologies that have the potential to create new

product categories or benefit multiple industry verticals.

About Innovative Venture Fund Investment Limited Partnership

Established                    25 April 2012

Headquarters                   Tokyo, Japan

Management Companies           NEC Capital Solutions Limited (General Partner)

                               SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (General Partner)

URL                            http://www.necap.co.jp/english/service/innovative

Innovative Venture Fund is the venture capital fund that is jointly managed by

NEC Capital Solutions Limited and SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd.

It aims to invest in technology venture companies oriented towards changing

market paradigms through groundbreaking innovation or breakthroughs in the

world market.

Contact: David Zimpfer, david.zimpfer@atonarp.com

SOURCE:  Atonarp Inc.