Thursday, November 19, 2015

ElMindA Raises $28m, Chinese Shanda Group To Participate In The Round

ElMindA Ltd., a pioneer in neuroscience-based technology for analyzing brain network functionality, announced the successful completion of a $28 million Series C financing round.

The global syndicate of investors in this round includes Chinese giant Shanda Group, The Kraft Group, Wexford Capital, WR Hambrecht & Co, Palisade Capital Management, OurCrowd and Healthcrest AG.

Proceeds will be used to continue advancement of ElMindA’s proprietary BNA™ (Brain Network Activation) system, which uses multi-channel EEG-ERP electrophysiology technology to provide a more accurate, objective assessment of brain functionality over time. ElMindA will also use the funds for commercial and clinical adoption following BNA’s 2014 FDA clearance in the U.S., and CE Mark approval in Europe for brain function assessment.

“We are thrilled to have attracted such a strong group of new and existing investors,” said Ronen Gadot, chief executive officer of ElMindA. “This support is a testament to the vast potential of BNA technology to advance our understanding of how the brain works, and to positively impact people’s lives. We plan to bring BNA to the forefront as a significant resource to monitor and manage the health of your brain throughout the course of your life.”

“As an investor who has followed the advancements of the company for several years, we look forward to supporting ElMindA as it further unlocks the potential of BNA to be the preeminent market leader by offering an objective platform for brain function assessment and management of brain disorders,” said Robert Kraft of the Kraft Group.

BNA is a non-invasive technology for measuring and analyzing brain function. It uses advanced signal processing and machine-learning algorithms of big populations’ data in order to identify patterns of neuronal networks activated during a specific brain function, such as memory or attention. The information can then be utilized for personalized clinical decision making. It has the potential to impact an estimated two billion people worldwide living with neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and ADHD, as well as those who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, like concussion.

“ElMindA has developed a truly disruptive technology that addresses a crucial unmet need,” said Tianqiao Chen of Shanda Group. “We’re excited to help develop and promote such a unique technology that can potentially catalyze new treatment options for those affected by brain dysfunction.”

“BNA’s exploration of brain function has already affected the lives of young people and their physicians in the U.S. seeking additional guidance for critical brain health decisions,” said Bill Hambrecht of WR Hambrecht & Co. “It has the potential to be of value to each and every one of us in our lifetime.”

BNA is currently available to healthcare providers at 15 locations in eight U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Hartford, and Palm Beach.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Youzu Interactive To Invest In Israeli Startup WakingApp

Israeli startup WakingApp, which provides tools for quick and easy creation of augmented and virtual reality content, has raised $4.3 million in Series C funding from Youzu Interactive (SZSE: 002174) as well as one of largest Internet and search companies in China.

Funds from the round will be used to expand the company’s AR/VR platform offerings and expanding its sales, marketing and business development in the US and China.

The two Chinese companies join existing investors Inimiti VC and Globis Capital in the round.

For Youzu, an entertainment company specializing in online game development and distribution, this is its first investment in an Israeli-based startup and represents an opportunity to move AR/VR content creation tools into the Chinese market.

WakingApp is based in Rosh Ha'ayin and founded in 2013.

The company has developed a groundbreaking AR/VR platform to enable any person even those with no prior programming experience to create advanced interactive augmented reality and virtual reality content that includes live data feeds, high-quality 3D imaging and animation, and games. Content can be created and distributed quickly and easily with the ENTiTi platform and is accessible online on smartphones, tablets and leading smart glasses without the need for additional devices.

“For some time now, we have been seeking to invest in AR/VR technology, as it is on the verge of influencing every aspect of our lives. It is an industry that is projecting 13,000% growth in three years and revenues of $150 billion in five years,” said Daniel Chen Fan, Investment Director of Youzu Interactive. “What impresses us about WakingApp is its ability to overcome a great user barrier by simplifying the way one creates AR/VR content, and we plan to bring this revolution to the Chinese market.”