QualySense has developed a robot that measures, analyzes and organizes cereal grains and beans at high speed. The machine can sort kernels according to optical aspects, and can also determine whether they are affected by fungus or contain gluten.
The technology is based on artificial intelligence and space technologies – the founder of the start-up, Francesco Dell’Endice, is a space engineer. The robot could help improve the quality of food while also reducing waste.
QualySense has now successfully closed a financing round, which raised 14 million francs from both private and institutional investors, announced a statement. Among the investors is the Zürcher Kantonalbank.
The start-up explained that its partnership with VentureLab, which has supported the company since its launch phase, helped it secure important investors.
According to Beat Bühlmann, member of the board of directors, a number of leading companies from the food industry have adopted QualySense’s technology.
QualySense intends to use the new funds to drive growth. It plans to develop its technology further and scale up its sales and marketing effort.
The company was founded in 2010 as a spin-off from the Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and is headquartered in Glattbrugg.