Liquid Instruments secures $11m international investment

Thursday 24 January 2019

Canberra-born technology company Liquid Instruments has this week announced more than $11 million (US$8.16M) has been invested in their growing business.

Liquid Instruments was started by a team of physicists and engineers at The Australian National University. The team's research on precision laser measurements has been adapted to produce a new product called Moku:Lab, an advanced electrical test equipment platform.

The lead investor, US-based Anzu Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm that invests in breakthrough industrial technologies.

Professor Daniel Shaddock, CEO of Liquid Instruments, said the new investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand into new markets.

"Billions of dollars of this type of test and measurement equipment is sold every year to scientists and engineers working in research and industrial labs for electronics manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace and defence applications," Professor Shaddock said.

"Moku:Lab delivers the equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars in separate equipment for a fraction of the cost and lab space and significantly better efficiency and accuracy."

"Moku:Lab has a suite of precision instruments, mobile form factor, and a modern user interface to improve the efficiency and accuracy of data collection and analysis."

Liquid Instruments began making Moku:Labs in a small storeroom at the ANU. Four years and millions of dollars of sales later, the devices are now made by top tier manufacturing partner VS Industry.

"VS has a close relationship with several companies in Canberra and is excited to support Liquid Instruments as they begin to scale their production," Sean Gan Pee Yong of VS Industry said.

ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel-prize winning physicist Professor Brian Schmidt AC said Liquid Instruments is a leading example of the commercial benefits of scientific research.

"This technology was originally developed to detect gravitational waves in one of the most sensitive measurement devices ever constructed. Now Professor Shaddock and his team are sharing this tech with the scientists and engineers of the world to help unlock the next wave of great discoveries," Professor Schmidt said.

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