Thingple brings new CTO on-board

Thingple, a CM portfolio company, has brought a new CTO on board to oversee the development of proprietary RFID products and solutions.

Matho Li, who joined Thingple on July 1, is an experienced RFID industry executive, having successively served in engineering and R&D manager role in Mergin Technologies, Inside Contactless, Ordicam RFID, IER and Impinj.

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China Materialia LLC completes a survey of Shanghai’s leading overseas talent program

China Materialia LLC completed visits and assessments of over 50 companies in the popular overseas talent program in Shanghai – yangpu’s 3310 program.

The 3310 program in the Yangpu district was established in 2010 to attract returnees who want to start up companies in China. The program selects entrepreneurs twice-a-year in a strict selection process that includes judging panels of technical experts and venture capitalists. The selected entrepreneurs get start-up grants and support to get their companies off the ground.

China Materialia Venture Capital Fund I has a special focus on “returnee” companies, and has assessed hundreds of returnee companies since the Fund started. Every year, CM systematically revisits most of the “returnee” companies in Shanghai and Changjiang Delta.

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China Materialia LLC selected by Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai to survey high growth, high-tech companies in Shanghai

In an effort to engage professional firms to assess and survey the status of high growth high tech Small-to-Medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Shanghai, the Innovation Fund of Yangpu District as a National Innovation Demonstration Zone has selected China Materialia to survey and assess 500 high growth high-tech companies in Shanghai.

China Materialia has advised over 120 high growth SMEs their business plans and growth strategy, establishing a reputation for high quality, professional advisory services based on deep technical understanding of high-tech enterprises. This project with the Science and Technology Commission will further extend CM’s advisory services to more companies in Shanghai. CM will select companies in this project in collaboration with Tongji University who has developed a proprietary tool to select high growth companies based on a suite of criteria including revenue growth rate, number of patents, number of Science and Technology grants etc.

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Dr. Min Zhou was awarded “outstanding talent” by Shanghai Yangpu District

In a ceremony attended by Yangpu’s Party Secretary Mr. Chen and other prominent district government officials, Dr. Min Zhou, CEO of China Materialia, received “outstanding talent” award from the Yangpu District. The honor is bestowed upon individuals who excel in advanced technologies, management and other special skills

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China Materialia LLC invests in Camray, Dr. Min Zhou and Dr. Patrick Berbon join its board of Directors

China Materialia LLC has invested in Camray, a company founded in 2011 by a team of “returnees” graduating from Cambridge University. Camray produces carbon nano-­‐tube (CNT) based cold cathodes and X-­‐ray tubes for industries including X-­‐ray imaging, homeland security, and industrial inspection. It holds eight patents and is in the process of filing many more.

Dr. Min Zhou and Dr. Patrick Berbon have joined Camray’s Board of Directors.

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China Materialia LLC invests in Thingple Technologies and Dr. Min Zhou joins its Board of Directors

China Materialia LLC made an investment in Thingple Technologies, a company developing RFID products and solutions. Dr. Min Zhou, who invested in Impinj, a leader in RFID industry in 2003, commented: “RFID industry has huge growth potential in China, we are just seeing the beginning of industry build-up, there will be winners in all parts of the value chain, we are glad to back the Thingple team to start the exciting venture”.

Dr. Min Zhou has joined the company’s Board of Directors.

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China Materialia LLC starts business plan advisory service for Wuxi 530 companies

Upon the invitation of Wuxi Science and Technology Bureau, China Materialia starts to provide advisory service to Wuxi 530 Project companies in March 2012. “530 Program” is launched by Wuxi government in 2006, aiming to attract overseas returnee entrepreneurs to Wuxi, and has provided support to over 800 start-up companies. China Materialia will fully leverage its expertise to provide professional advisory in business strategy, business model, management and finance.

Dr. Zhou Min, CEO of China Materialia says that “China Materialia highly values the collaboration with the Wuxi Science and Technology Bureau. The project serves as an excellent start of a comprehensive collaboration relationship between China Materialia with the Wuxi city, which is at the forefront of developing high-tech companies and attracting overseas talents in China”.

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China Materialia LLC invests in Jiuhe Technologies and Dr. Min Zhou joins its Board of Directors

China Materialia LLC made an investment in Jiuhe Technologies, a game developer and operator lead by a team of seasoned industry executives. The company is a leader in its niche field of military-themed games and has established cooperative relationship with many game developers.

Dr. Min Zhou has joined the company’s five-member Board of Directors.

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China Materialia LLC enlarges its Venture Capital Fund to 160 million RMB

China Materialia Venture Capital Fund I has added a new investor, bringing its fund size to 160 million RMB. China Materialia Fund I was established in 2011, the fund aims to invest in Chinese start-ups as well as in importing and incubating western technology companies to China. CEO Dr. Min Zhou commented: “China Materialia welcomes the new investor, and thanks all investors for their trust and support” .

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China Materialia held the first round Open Innovation Day forum in Shanghai

Open Innovation Day is one of a series of activities that will be held every 4 to 6 weeks in Shanghai and marks an important step in our open innovation mission by establishing a formal platform for our collaborators and clients.

Many multinational companies have taken the lead in the open innovation movement, and with their eyes on China, have extended their own creation nets worldwide for a variety of innovative technologies and solutions. With so many Chinese SMEs and research institutions committed to innovative technology and product development, a joint implementation of open innovation creates opportunities for the introduction of technology and products into global markets at a faster pace and lower cost while expanding revenue.

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