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.