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Molecular Imprints

Molecular Imprints is a company that developed nano-imprint lithography systems founded in 2001 by Dr. S.V. Sreenivasan.

Molecular Imprints was a Texas based technology company who developed high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nano-patterning systems and solutions in the hard disk drive and semiconductor industries. Dr. S.V. Sreenivasan founded the company in 2001 after spinning out of the labs in University of Texas.

Acquired by

In February 2013 Canon announced acquiring the semiconductor lithography imprint equipment technology and merging with Molecular Imprints. The CEO of Molecular Imprints, Mark Mellier-Smith, made the following comments regarding Canon's acquisition of the company's lithography equipment:

After establishing a business alliance with Canon four years ago to provide a technologically enabled low cost nanolithography solution to the semiconductor industry, I'm very pleased to acknowledge the tremendous progress we have achieved in the pursuit of this goal. Based on this success, the merger was a natural next step for our companies.

The merger of Canon and Molecular Imprints marks the creation of a new company that will maintain the name Molecular Imprints. The merger was completed in April 2014 after approval from shareholders and government agencies.

Magic Leap

In 2015 Magic Leap announced acquiring the non-semiconductor portion of Molecular Imprints. Magic Leap plans on using technology developed by Molecular Imprints to help them create multi-scale optical elements fabricated using Imprint.


July 14, 2015
Non-semiconductor portion of Molecular Imprints has been acquired by Magic Leap.

Non-semiconductor portion of Molecular Imprints has been acquired by Magic Leap, a virtual reality start up that raised $542M last year in a B round led by Google

April 25, 2014
Molecular Imprints raises a $18,800,000 venture round.
February 14, 2014
Canon says to buy U.S.'s Molecular Imprints

Canon Inc takes over Austin, Texas-based Molecular Imprints Inc, which develops nanoimprint lithography systems, in a bid to strengthen its chipmaking equipment business.

April 5, 2007
Molecular Imprints raises a $8,500,000 venture round.
September 21, 2005
Molecular Imprints raises a $17,000,000 series C round from 180 Degree Capital Corp, Alloy Ventures, DFJ, Dai Nippon Printing, Hakuto Co. and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.
April 5, 2002
Molecular Imprints raises a $9,200,000 series A round from Alloy Ventures and Threshold Ventures.
Founding of Molecular Imprints

Funding rounds


Further Resources


Molecular Imprint Becomes a Virtual Reality Company

Michael Watts


July 14, 2015


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