from the July 2011 issue

Image sensor Advasense acquired by Pixim

Advasense raised $31 million in 2005-07, but has reportedly been sold for only a few million dollars.

Pixim Inc. of the US has acquired Advasense Technologies Ltd., a developer of next-generation CMOS image sensor technology. The companies did not disclose the value of the deal, which was mostly in shares, warrants, and the assumption of Advasense's debt, but it was reportedly for a few million dollars.

Advasense was founded in 2005, and a review of the company's founders and management indicates its potential. The company chairman is backed by Gideon Barak, one of Israel's top high-tech entrepreneurs, whose achievements was the sale of DSP Communications to Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) for $1.6 billion, and by Vladimir Koifman, a former executive at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Nasdaq: AMCC). Advasense CEO Naftaly Sharir was formerly CEO of Emblaze Research Ltd., which was sold to Zoran Corp. (Nasdaq: ZRAN), and of Electronics Line 3000 Ltd. (EL3K) (FSE:ELN).

According to Israel Venture Capital (IVC), Ra'anana-based Advasense raised $31 million in 2005-07 from Giza Venture Capital, BlueRun Ventures. VentureTech Alliance, and Taiwan's CIDC.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report July 2011

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