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Good morning A few deals to share today, including Thailand's Pomelo Fashion raising $52 million in a
September 13 · Issue #74 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning
A few deals to share today, including Thailand’s Pomelo Fashion raising $52 million in a Series C funding to pay for more technology development to fuel its expansion across Asia. Also San Francisco-based Atomwise AI drug discovery firm is going to jointly develop new drugs with Jiangsu-based Hansoh Pharma.
However, the biggest investment news is from Swiss engineering giant ABB, which has started building its 67,000-square metre robotics manufacturing and research facility in Kangqiao, Shanghai.
And, whilst I have your attention, I’ve just set-up a new Linkedin Group called Asia AI Networkers and you are all invited to join. As I write this I imagine your eyes rolling as you think ‘not another Linkedin group!’ So, let me take a moment to explain why I’ve set this up.
I started Asia AI News a couple of months ago now and have started to get consultants, public sector professionals, R&D centres, big tech firms, VCs and startups opt-in to the email list. However, as a subscriber, you don’t know who else has subscribed and you have no means to network with other subscribers, despite sharing a common interest in AI, emerging technologies and the Asia Pacific region.
Thus, I hope that the new Linkedin group will allow subscribers that are keen to network, connect with other, whilst respecting the privacy of those that would rather remain anonymous. I also hope that the Linkedin Group will prove useful to share content that is better presented via Linkedin, such as video and audio, plus reports and research documents when available. 
Have a great Friday! TGIF!

Startup News
Pomelo raises $52m in Series C from Central Group, Provident Growth Fund, others
YI Tunnel secures Series B funding and boosts global growth with name change to SandStar
Noida-based startup AdmitKard raises $1 million in funding led by Australian edtech fund Growth DNA
Atomwise announces largest China-US collaboration for AI drug discovery
AI-integrated retinal-imaging device shows promising results in screening for DR
ABB starts building Shanghai robotics plant
Deutsche Bank launches innovation hub in China
India lags behind US in AI research spending, but will the INR 7,000 crore boost change things?
MOL shows off its AI vessel recognition system -
Facial Recognition
Japan to introduce ATMs with facial recognition
Digital Transformation
Chinese firms report deepening digital transformation: IDC
US-China Trade War
Trump moves tariff hike date from October 1 to October 15 Trump moves tariff hike date from October 1 to October 15
China’s industrial robot imports from Japan continue to slide amid US-China trade war
US Huawei problem goes far beyond trade, security official says
There's a growing sore spot In Israeli-U.S. relations: China
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