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MESA Imaging was created in 2006 as a spin-off of CSEM (Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology). MESA has created a 3D Time-Of-Flight image sensor technology capable of capturing in real time 3D data sets using a single solid state camera. The company has been shipping product since its founding, based on work done earlier at CSEM and in conjunction with its industrial partners.

“This is probably CSEM´s most interesting spin-off – the market interest for MESA’s 3D imaging solutions is high, the product is unique and an excellent team has taken up the challenge.” says Thomas Hinderling, CEO of CSEM.

Alain Nicod of VI Partners states: “We have been following the development of MESA since its inception and are very glad to have joined the investors circle. The speed of development of MESA customer base validates the quality and the relevance of their products in the market”

“The first time I met Jim Lewis and the MESA Imaging team, I was impressed by Jim’s pragmatic vision on the different markets addressed by MESA and by the technical experience of the team. MESA has a robust product offering with established customer relationships. We are enthusiastic about giving MESA the necessary means to achieve their ambitious goals.” says Jean-Philippe Gendre, Investment Director at Emertec Gestion.

“The participation of major early-stage Venture Capital players is a demonstration of the potential of MESA and its technology. Their investment history and experience will enable MESA to expand on our product development plans and to accelerate the marketing of our solutions in this critical, new segment of the digital imaging market.”, explains Jim Lewis, CEO of MESA Imaging.


About MESA Imaging:
MESA Imaging develops and markets products based on the Time-of-Flight (TOF) principle which allows compact, solid sate cameras to measure full 3D images at video frame rates at real time. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, MESA is supplying technology and products to a range of market segments, including video gaming, machine vision, automotive, and robotics.

About Jade:
Jade Invest is a Swiss venture capital company founded in 2005 and in which the CSEM plays an important role as one of its major shareholders. Jade Invest identifies and sustains leading-edge technologies for today’s emerging markets; whereby it selects attractive high-tech investment opportunities leading to the development and expansion of innovative start-ups.

About VI Partners:
VI Partners, based in Zug, manages a CHF100m fund dedicated to early stage companies in Switzerland. Shareholders are major industrial and financial institutions in collaboration with the ETH and McKinsey. VI Partners has invested in over 20 innovative companies over the past 5 years.

About Emertec Gestion:
Emertec Gestion, based in Grenoble (France), is one of the few VCs in Europe to concentrate on the creation of innovative companies that use results derived from scientific research. It manages 3 funds currently amounting to approximately €60 million. Emertec 2, with a venture capital fund of €22.5 million, is dedicated to early-stage investments in Europe in the microelectronics-related high tech sectors.

For more information:
MESA Imaging
Jim Lewis Tel +41 44 508 1802

Xavier Arreguit Tel +41 32 720 51 34
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VI Partners
Alain Nicod Tel +41 79 219 4445

Emertec Gestion
Jean-Philippe Gendre Tel +33 (0) 438 123 897

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