Venture Capital firms b-to-v Partners AG and AM-Tec Kredit AG, managed by aventic partners AG, have joined existing investors in committing $10 million in new funding. Arktis’ mission is to provide smart tools to avoid trafficking of illicit radiological and nuclear materials around the globe. The new investment will enable the company to step up production of its next generation radiation detection systems, which feature proprietary technology developed by the scientists and engineers at its headquarters in Zurich. Their products leverage the use of natural helium as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope or other, sometimes even toxic materials used in many legacy systems.
Demand for its systems is growing rapidly and the company has recently secured contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US, supporting its revolutionary SIGMA program, as well as with the UK-based Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). In addition, it has won a contract at the port of Antwerp for seven radiation portal monitors fully integrated into the port’s infrastructure and with the Swiss authorities for radiation detection.
Arktis works with governments and agencies across the globe, supplying systems that improve security at ports, airports and border crossings. Its products are also well received in the nuclear safeguards community, which includes working with the University of Florida, the Korean Institute for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC) and Korean universities to improve the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.
Rico Chandra, Chief Executive Officer of Arktis Radiation Detectors, said the new funding will accelerate the company’s continued growth and enable it to exploit the opportunities that are now emerging for its technology, particularly in the US and Europe. It will also allow the company to explore new market opportunities, expand its sales force and ramp up production for volume manufacturing. He commented: “This new investment comes at a very exciting time for our company and will provide a massive boost to our expansion plans. Our systems are already making a major contribution to security across the globe and we continue to see a growth in demand. We will now be able to focus on bringing our portfolio of products to a whole new range of customers.”
Dr. Peter Balsiger, prospective board member for Arktis Radiation Detectors representing shareholder AM-Tec Kredit AG, said: “AM-Tec Kredit AG supports the most promising high-tech companies in Switzerland with expertise, entrepreneurial support, equity, networking and strategic know-how. We identified Arktis as one of the most promising technology companies and were particularly impressed by its market segment, trend, vision, product maturity, founders and team, as well as the sales ramp-up. We are happy to support its fast growth plan and to be part of what we believe will be a great success story.”