Newsight Imaging, an Israeli startup and IsCham member, is tapping Greater Bay Area resources to develop a re-usable, high-speed device to detect infection by the virus.
Living things are complicated and relationships between them – including infections of one by another – even more so. This makes finding diagnostic tests for diseases such as COVID-19 a tough technological nut to crack.
Israeli complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensory chip maker Newsight Imaging was fortunately in a position to do this. Newsight creates chips for spectral imaging sensors – which can identify molecules based on the wavelengths of light they absorb. Such a sensor can identify molecules unique to the COVID-19 virus, indicating whether or not a person is infected.
以色列CMOS传感器芯片制造商 Newsight Imaging幸运地做到了这一点。 凭借其基于芯片上的光谱分析解决方案，给市场提供居家、廉价、便携、物联网适用的综合诊断工具，这种传感器可以识别出新冠病毒特有分子，从而检测出人是否受到感染。
Newsight has raised US$7 million A-round through Hong Kong-Mainland China-Israel venture-financing firm Infinity Capital and investor George So, Founder of artificial intelligence company AIinno Bio. He focuses on investments in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
今年，Newsight Imaging也成功完成700万美元的A轮融资，由英飞尼迪资本（Infinity Capital）和专注于粤港澳大湾区的投资的香港人工智能公司AlinnoBio总裁苏祖耀博士（Dr.George So)投资。
Eli Assoolin, CEO and Co-founder of Newsight imaging, explains how the device will work.
Making sensor chips for complex devices such as robots and autonomous vehicles, as well as medical applications, means Newsight plugs into extensive and very sophisticated industrial networks. Israel is a good place for this; will your Infinity Capital tie-up help you gain greater access the thriving Greater Bay Area ecosystem?
All our investors are from [Mainland] China, usually [introduced] through Hong Kong-based companies. We have a very tight and warm relationship with our Chinese partners and Board members – Dr Likai Li [Chairman of Ennohub Technology], Mr Frank Chen, [Finance Director] of Infore group, Ms Claire Zhao, [Vice President of] Infinity Capital - they have visited us in Israel, and we used to come to the mainland almost every month before the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the sub-companies we have today in Zhuhai and Shenzhen, we intend to establish one in Hong Kong too. Our partners in Hong Kong, corporate advisory firm ACH Worldwide led by Director Amanda Lim, are taking care of our investments and promoting our business.
Readers can learn more about Newsight when Michal Cooper-Kozlovich, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Newsight, speaks as a panel member at a webinar on 12 August organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Tel Aviv office and Via Meshi. She discusses Newsight’s rapid action in developing a COVID-19 diagnostic solution. Register via the link below:
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