Founded November 2013
Stage Business development
Investor The Trendlines Group
CEO Zvika Weiss
The Valentis technology combines nanoparticles with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a biodegradable, transparent material made from plant pulp waste, to produce highly improved polymeric films. By incorporating different nanoparticles into Valentis’ composites new functionality can be tailored for specific applications and varied needs.
The Company’s first product is a coating material for food packaging that is thinner, potentially transparent, stronger, and with high-barrier properties to block UV rays, oxygen, and moisture, so food remains fresh and has a longer shelf life.
National phase, covering use of CNC as a carrier of nanoparticles on polymeric films
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The opportunity for thinner, stronger, greener thermoplastic films with added functionality is tremendous.
Innovative new coatings • Applications for greenhouses, food packaging, electronics, construction materials • Very good results from scale-up trial • Collaborations with diverse international companies
CEO Zvika Weiss on Israel Daily TV
22 years of experience in executive managerial positions, including CFO of Capital Nature; Founder & CEO, Cinnaxole Pharma; CFO, Yissum; CFO, SCP Systems; Regional CFO, Technomatix; CFO, V-secure; CFO, Vigil IDB Holdings; MBA, CPA in Israel
35 years of executive corporate positions, including former president, Chemagis Ltd.; former president of U.S. operations, Quark Biotech, Inc.; president and CEO, National Coal Supply Corporation of Israel; CFO Sapiens; CFO, COO, ICE Cryogenic Engineering
Extensive experience with cellulose area, protein engineering; founded numerous successful biotech companies; Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; research focus: quantum nanostructures
Thermoplastic films are everywhere from food packaging and agriculture to defense. To meet the demand for greater functionality, layers are added to the film, making them thick and heavy and increasing the cost. High-barrier food packages, for example, include a layer of aluminum foil to prevent food deterioration due to oxidation, moisture, and UV penetration. Manufacturers of thermoplastic greenhouses add layers and ingredients that block infrared (IR) light from escaping to optimize growing conditions.
CNC is coming into focus as a material of the future, projected to create a $600 billion industry by 2020 (U.S. National Science Foundation). The Valentis technology has enormous potential in a number of multibillion-dollar markets, including food packaging, agriculture, defense, home and garden, transportation.