Nanda Technologies raises 8m USD in a financing round led by DEWB and Brains-To-Ventures

Innovative wafer inspection system for the semiconductor industry / Largest Series B financing round to date of any company in the portfolio of the High-Tech Gruenderfonds

Germany/Switzerland, (PresseBox) - The "Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB)" - Prime Standard, Securities No.: 804100 / ISIN: DE0008041005 - and Brains-To-Ventures AG (b-to-v), a business angel network, participated in the Series B financing round of Nanda Technologies. The lead investor DEWB jointly with the investors of the Swiss Business Angel network b-to-v led by Dr. Christian Reitberger is taking an active part in the further growth of Nanda. The financing round has a total volume of 8m USD (5m EUR). Other investors include the existing shareholders Ventegis Capital AG and Bayern Kapital as well as the business angel Alexander Bruehl. This transaction concludes the largest Series B financing round to-date of any company in the portfolio of the High-Tech Gruenderfonds.

Nanda was founded in 2006 to develop and manufacture optical, non-contacting inspection systems for the process control in semiconductor manufacturing. Semiconductor wafers are inspected for "macro defects" such as scratches, particles or other contaminants larger then 1 micron. Nanda uses a new optical design combined with innovative image processing to drastically increase the speed of inspection while maintaining high sensitivity. The result is a 10-fold decrease in inspection cost per wafer compared to existing tools. This and the compact design of Nanda's inspection system make it attractive to integrate defect inspection directly into the production process. An industry first, Nanda enables the realtime, high sensitivity defect inspection of all wafers without reduction of the production throughput. Fast error-feedback permits accelerated process adjustments and thus increases process ramp-up speed, overall yield and process tool uptime significantly. Nanda's first generation of inspection system is currently under evaluation with leading semiconductor manufacturers.

"Nanda's revolutionary system design convinced us. The integration of its macro defect inspection directly into the semiconductor production process flow promises significant performance and cost improvements. Net savings for the manufacturers can be significant. We see excellent growth potential based on Nanda's technological advantage and the experience of its management team. We expect good results from the evaluation process with leading semiconductor manufacturers and anticipate rapid market acceptance" comments Falk Nuber, member of the management board of DEWB.

"Nanda offers a large growth potential. With its innovative solution Nanda addresses the fast-est-growing segment within the wafer inspec-tion market. Our know-how and broad industry contacts will help Nanda develop into a sus-tainable success story", says Dr. Christian Reitberger who invested in Nanda together with nine other co-investors of the b-to-v net-work and the b-to-v side fund.

"We are very pleased to have won DEWB, b-to-v and Alexander Bruehl as new investors in Nanda. They bring to the table their broad experience and important network within the semiconductor industry. The new investors join our existing shareholders Ventegis, Bayern Kapital and the High-Tech Gruenderfonds. We feel lucky to have a first-rate circle of European investors that will benefit the development of our company. Moreover, we feel reaffirmed in our conscious decision to build Nanda in Germany, despite our professional roots in the Silicon Valley" comments Dr. Lars Markwort, CEO. Johannes von Borries, CFO, adds: "The secured financial situation puts our market entry on solid grounds and provides us with an advantage in the search for talents. For the extension of our team we can offer potential candidates a very attractive package of an exciting work environment and excellent career opportunities. We are currently looking for experts in the area of optical and mechanical engineering as well as software development."

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

Der High-Tech Gründerfonds investiert Risikokapital in junge, chancenreiche Technologieunternehmen, die vielversprechende Forschungsergebnisse unternehmerisch umsetzen. Mit Hilfe der Seedfinanzierung von bis zu 500 T€ sollen die Start-Ups das F&E-Vorhaben bis zur Bereitstellung eines Prototypen bzw. eines "proof of concepts" oder zur Markteinführung führen. Der High-Tech Gründerfonds verfügt über ein Fondsvolumen von rd. 272,0 Mio. EUR. Investoren der Public-private Partnership sind das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, die KfW Bankengruppe sowie die sechs Industriekonzerne BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler und Carl Zeiss.

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