QDI Systems Secures €5 Million to Scale Quantum Dots Technology For Image Sensors

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  • QDI Systems announced its Series A funding of 5 million euros.
  • Funds will be used to scale up its quantum dots technology for the medical sector and new markets.
  • The funding round was led by NOM, the Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands.

PRESS RELEASE — QDI Systems, a deep technology company based in Groningen, announces today its Series A funding of 5 million euros to scale up its revolutionary quantum dots technology for the medical sector and new markets. The funding round was led by NOM, the Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands, and was joined by the company’s previous investors Carduso Capital, RuG Ventures, and the renowned Nordic venture capital fund Maki.vc.

QDI Systems develops imaging devices for medical applications, utilising cutting-edge nanomaterial quantum dots. Quantum dots are tiny, solution-processable semiconductor nanoparticles that convert photons into electronic signals efficiently. Though this class of materials was discovered several decades ago, quantum dots have only recently appeared in commercial products in imaging and sensor technology. QDI Systems is the first company in the world to apply quantum dots technology to medical imaging such as X-rays and mammography screening.

QDI Systems was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen by physicist, PhD Artem Shulga.

“Quantum dots have enormous potential to revolutionise medical imaging, especially in the area of X-ray imaging. Compared to other technologies, they offer higher image quality with significantly lower radiation doses. The technology can greatly improve the quality, safety and speed of procedures such as mammography screening and diagnostics,” says QDI Systems’ CEO and founder Artem Shulga. “We are proud to pioneer this technology in medical imaging. Our mission is to provide high-quality images for radiologists for more precise and early-stage diagnostics.”

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In addition to X-ray applications, QDI Systems is also developing technology that utilises shortwave infrared (SWIR). The use of SWIR presents significant new potential markets for the company, including industrial applications, such as image sensors for sorting processes, and consumer applications like facial recognition for mobile phones.

“We work with image sensing and semiconductor companies, which typically focus on image sensors beyond X-ray. With the shortwave infrared market on the brink of significant growth due to consumer market adoption, this application unlocks a significant market opportunity for us,” Shulga says.

Recently, QDI Systems, in collaboration with the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology CSEM, developed the first quantum dots-based CMOS imaging chip for X-rays. This breakthrough innovation has potential applications in healthcare, machine vision, and more.

“Our collaboration with QDI Systems has been outstanding. This innovation offers great potential and excites our shared customers in medical and industrial imaging,” says Nadim Maamari, Group Leader Edge, AI, and Vision systems at CSEM.

Combining deep technical know-how and commercial vision

The funding round was led by the Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands, NOM, and joined by previous investors Carduso Capital, RuG Ventures, and the renowned Nordic venture capital fund Maki.vc. The funding also includes an innovation loan of €1.97 million from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). This prestigious R&D loan is designed for the development of innovative science-based projects with substantial technical risks and excellent market prospects.

“QDI Systems has shown significant potential to revolutionise medical imaging through the innovative use of quantum dot technology. The team has a unique scientific background, profound technical knowledge, and extensive commercial experience, providing a strong foundation for success,” says Ytsen van der Meer, Investment Manager at NOM.

“QDI Systems’ groundbreaking application of quantum dots technology is setting new standards in the field of medical imaging. We are thrilled to continue backing Artem Shulga and his team in becoming the leading company in the industry,” says Paavo Räisänen, Partner at Maki.vc.

In July 2023 QDI Systems established its lab paving the way for a significant increase in production and commercial scaling. The company will use the funding to scale up further the quantum dots technology for the medical sector and new markets.

“With the backing of this investment, we plan to double our team size in the coming years, on both the commercial and production fronts, as well as in R&D. We are working our way to become the leading technology provider for various X-ray applications. We are excited to work on existing and new applications of our quantum dots technology worldwide,” Shulga concludes.

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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