China Materialia adds two senior investment professionals

China Materialia has added two investment Directors to its team: Mr. Donald Gao and Ms. Michelle Hua.

Before joining China Materialia, Mr. Donald Gao held investment management positions with China New Enterprise Capital based in Beijing, and Global Assets Investment based in silicon valley. Earlier in his career, Donald worked in Citigroup investment banking division, and held diplomatic position as an Economic and Commercial Vice Consul to the USA. Prior to that, Mr. Gao worked in China Ministry of Commerce where he was responsible for Sino-USA bilateral economic cooperation and negotiations in all national level hot button economic issues.

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China Materialia CEO and Co-founder Dr. Min Zhou presents at Australia Week’s China Innovation and Technology Symposium

As the opening keynote speaker at the Australia Week’s China innovation and technology symposium in Shanghai, Dr. Min Zhou shared with a packed audience of Australian MNC and start-up companies opportunities and challenges for innovative start-up companies in China.

Dr. Zhou shared China Material’s venture capital model, where China Materialia invests in start-up companies and actively help them to connect with multinational companies in an “open innovation” and “open entrepreneurship” approach. Dr. Zhou also emphasized that it is important for foreign start-up companies coming to China market to embrace “open entrepreneurship” philosophy and really find investors who can bring not only capital, but help companies find partnerships and local resources.

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China Materialia organizes Innovation 2013 Forum with Anderson Business School of UCLA

In collaboration with the Anderson Business School of UCLA, China Materialia is organizing an Innovation China 2013 event that includes an Open Innovation Forum on November 15 and an Entrepreneurship Training Day on November 16.

At the inaugural Open Innovation Forum, some of China’s best and most innovative start-ups in the IT, Industrial and Consumer sectors will showcase their companies; open Innovation practitioners will hold candid discussions about their experiences in China and best practices; Law firms and venture capital groups will share their experiences in IP protection and making equity investments in start-ups. It is a great event for MNC companies to learn more about China’s innovation landscape and meet with their peers.

The Event will be held at the world-renown Shanghai World Expo Center that hosted the 2010 World Expo and now reopen with many new exhibitions.

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China Materialia invests in Octadem and Dr. Patrick Berbon joins its Board of Directors

China Materialia has lead a Series A investment in Octadem, a digital spectrometer company with offices in the US, Shanghai and Wuxi.

Founded by a group of “returnees” from the US, Octadem has successfully developed a portable digital spectrophotometer that, when used with accompany reagents, can be used for solution analysis. While bench-top digital spectrophotometer has been around for many years, Octadem’s core technology lies in utilizing inexpensive LED as light sources and proprietary algorithms for calculating spectral curve, eliminating expensive light splitting and filtering lenses, thus dramatically reducing size and cost of the equipment to the point of portability and affordability to target water quality monitoring and consumer health monitoring.

Dr. Patrick Berbon has joined Octadem’s board of directors.

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China Materialia Invests in Xingtera and Dr. Min Zhou joins its Board of Directors

China Materialia has co-lead a $10 M series B investment in Xingtera, a leader in communication IC design.

Established in 2010 by industry veterans, Xingtera develops innovative ITU-T G.hn technologies addressing two large, growing markets: Home Networking and Smart Grid Networking. With a proven leadership team with a successful track record of managing communication technology businesses, a world class engineering team that has pioneered the predecessor copper communication technologies, and offices strategically located in the US and China, Xingtera is well positioned to bring about the next generation pervasive connectivity for the home networking convergence.

Dr. Min Zhou has joined Xingtera’s board of directors.

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Camray develops first generation X-Ray tubes based on CNT and receives visit of Nanjing Party Secretary

Camray, a CM portfolio company, has successfully developed commercial X-ray tube products with carbon-nanotube (CNT)-based cold cathods. On July 24, Party Secretary of Nanjing visited Camray and discussed applications of Camray products in the X-Ray security equipment market in China.

Since CM’s investment in September 2012, Camray has very quickly built up a lab for CNT growth, X-Ray tube testing and X-ray power sources. It has partnered with domestic and international companies to develop commercial products utilizing its proprietary cold-cathod technology. The company has applied for over 30 patents to-date.

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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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