ScoutCam Signs Royalty Licensing Agreement With Sumita Optical Glass
Japan-based Sumita To Integrate ScoutCam’s Patented Micro-Visualization Technology Into Its Medical Devices
OMER, Israel, February 18, 2022 – ScoutCam (OTCQB: SCTC), a leading provider of image based solutions (including cloud and AI image processing) to the Condition Based Maintenance and the Predictive Maintenance markets as well as a leading provider of image based solutions to the medical device market, announced today that it has entered into a royalty licensing agreement for its patented micro-visualization solutions with Japan-based Sumita Optical Glass, Inc., a specialty optical fiber technology company (“Sumita”), for use in the manufacture and development of its medical device products.
Sumita designs and manufactures micro-optical parts such as micro-lenses, image bundles, lenses and light guides for use in small-diameter endoscope sub-assemblies sold in Japan and around the world. Sumita opened a new manufacturing facility in May 2021 to increase its capacity for high volume production of its micro and high precision optical components used in endoscopes as well as new medical device products currently under development.
According to the terms of the agreement, Sumita will pay ScoutCam a royalty for use of the Company’s small diameter video camera technology. The license entitles Sumita to include the Company’s technology in products sold worldwide.
Yovav Sameah, Chief Executive Officer of ScoutCam, commented on the announcement, “We are very excited to enter this licensing agreement of our technology; Sumita is one of world’s leading optical glass manufacturers and their products are widely used in technology-based applications. Licensing our micro visualization patents for use in their growing medical device business confirms the excellence of our technology and the value of our patent portfolio.”
“ScoutCam will continue focusing its business strategy on solidifying its position in the Industry 4.0 market,” said Mr. Sameah. “However, licensing offers another way to monetize our technology; the royalties from our agreement with Sumita will provide ScoutCam with a valuable passive revenue stream that we believe could reach millions of dollars in the long term based on Sumita’s potential endoscope business, while expanding our presence in the market. We continue to evaluate similar opportunities and I believe this will be one of many licensing opportunities for the Company.”
Toshiaki Sumita, President of Sumita, said: “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with ScoutCam which further validates Sumita’s long-term investments in R&D and commitment to improving our optical fiber technology standards.”
ScoutCam is pioneering the Predictive Maintenance and Condition Based Monitoring markets with its visualization and AI platform. Pioneering the use of its visualization and AI platform in Industry 4.0 markets such as aviation, energy, mobility and transportation, ScoutCam’s camera-as-a-sensor™ technology, accompanied by specialized trained AI models, is being deployed in hard to reach locations and harsh environments, across a variety of Predictive Maintenance and Condition Based Monitoring use cases. ScoutCam’s platform allows maintenance and operations teams visibility into areas which are inaccessible under normal operation, or where the operating ambience is not suitable for continuous real-time monitoring.
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