Molecular Imprints Inc., an Austin, Texas-based developer of nano-imprint lithography systems for high-res and 3-D pattern replication, has raised $12.9 million in fourth-round funding. Return backers include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tokyo Electron Venture Capital, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, KT Venture Group, Alloy Ventures and Motorola Ventures. The company has now raised $91 million in total funding, including $15 million in federal grants.
Molecular Imprints, Inc., the market and technology leader for volume-production nanopatterning systems and solutions, today announced the successful completion of $12.9 million in financing. Investors in this round include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tokyo Electron Venture Capital, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, KT Venture Group, Alloy Ventures and Motorola Ventures. This latest investment brings the total amount raised by Molecular Imprints for the development and commercialization of its innovative Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL(R)) technology to $91 million — $73 million in strategic and venture capital financing, $15 million from federal government agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and $3 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
Molecular Imprints has made significant progress in several market segments, including semiconductors, hard disk drives (HDDs) and high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Coupled with investments from customer joint-development programs, this $12.9 million in new funding will enable further enhancement of its product portfolio and expansion of its operations to support rising industry demand for its nanopatterning systems. The company has already received multiple orders for its newest generation of advanced nanopatterning systems aimed at the HDD and semiconductor markets, including recently announced orders from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and semiconductor industry consortium, SEMATECH. With interest growing around Molecular Imprints' technology, the company is taking the necessary steps to be ready to support volume-production requirements in these multiple markets.
“This additional financing will enable further enhancements to our technology and product portfolio, and allow us to expand operations to support increasing demand for our products in a number of markets,” said David Gino, chief operating and financial officer of Molecular Imprints. “Looking a little further into the future we believe this financing will provide a funding bridge to a possible public offering in 2009.”
About Molecular Imprints, Inc.
Molecular Imprints, Inc. (MII) is the technology leader for high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanopatterning systems and solutions in the hard disk drive (HDD) and semiconductor industries. MII is leveraging its innovative Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL(R)) with Drop-on-Demand(TM) material application technology to become the worldwide market and technology leader in high-volume patterning solutions for storage and memory devices, while enabling emerging markets in optics, biotechnology, and other industries. MII enables nanoscale patterning by delivering a comprehensive nanopatterning solution that is affordable, compatible and extendible to sub-10-nanometer resolution levels. For more information, visit http://www.molecularimprints.com.