Today NANO-X IMAGING LTD, an innovative medical imaging technology company, announces that SK Telecom, one of Nanox’s current shareholders, will increase its stake in the Company with an additional $20 million equity investment. This transaction follows the initial $5 million investment made by SK Telecom a year ago.
In addition, the Company and SK Telecom are entering into a joint collaboration aiming to increase accessibility to medical imaging for all socio-economic communities by deploying 2,500 Nanox Systems integrating the Company’s MsaaS (medical screening as a service) model in South Korea and Vietnam. Such deployment, subject to obtaining regulatory clearances, intends to democratize medical imaging and promote preventive healthcare through a significant increase of system availability in these markets.
In addition, the Company announces its intent to establish a wholly-owned Korean subsidiary that will focus on scaling up production of the Nanox X-ray source semiconductor while leveraging SK Telecom’s deep expertise in the area of semiconductors.
Commenting on the deal, Mr. Park Jung-ho, CEO of SK Telecom said: “We passionately seek to revolutionize healthcare by leveraging innovative technologies. We see Nanox as one of the most promising companies to make a real difference for early detection of disease and higher standard of care to the humankind. We feel the Company is making significant progress towards its vision and want to help make it a reality.”
Mr. Ran Poliakine, CEO of Nanox stated that: “Nanox’s vision is nothing short of helping eradicate cancer and other conditions that plague us by increasing early detection of medical conditions that are discoverable by X-ray. We have been working for over eight years to bring a new breed of imaging to the world that can help us achieve this ambitious goal. Big visions require big partnerships to become real. SK Telecom is one of our greatest supporters and we go hand in hand for creating a world where no person has to wait weeks and months in line for radiology services and diagnostics.”
The Nanox System will offer a range of medical imaging services, from 2D X-ray to 3D Tomosynthesis computed tomography. The services are planned to be primarily operated on a pay-per-scan business model and include online radiology diagnostics and medical AI decision assistive algorithms implementation. Nanox and SK’s joint initiative intends to target unit deployment in a wide range of clinics and medical centers that cannot afford medical imaging equipment to increase availability of imaging as a standard of care.