Arizona firm moves to Seacoast, to create 100 jobsBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
August 28. 2017 10:07PM
PORTSMOUTH — A company that develops imaging devices to help physicians detect, track and monitor skin changes relocated to the Seacoast from Arizona, following a meeting between Gov. Chris Sununu and company executives earlier this year.
Sununu is scheduled to officially welcome Digital Skin Imaging (DSI Acquisition Inc.), a new high-tech medical device company, to Portsmouth during a 5:30 p.m. reception today at Medtronic, 180 International Drive, Portsmouth.
Other speakers scheduled to appear include Karleen Seybold, DSI chief executive officer; and Linda Fanaras, DSI executive vice president.
DSI expects to create more than 100 sales, engineering technology and management jobs in New Hampshire within the next couple of years, Fanaras said Monday.
“With Governor Sununu’s focus on bringing new businesses and jobs to New Hampshire, we believe DSI aligns well with the strategic goals of the state,” Fanaras said via email.
The company had multiple reasons for choosing Portsmouth, she said.
“Not only are the founders from New Hampshire, the climate for growth in the manufacturing and technology sectors is promising,” Fanaras said. “Additionally, Portsmouth’s close proximity to Manchester and Boston, and other technology hubs, make it the perfect place to establish and grow our business. We have a tremendous opportunity by bringing this first-of-its-kind technology here, and look forward to work on the fight against skin cancer while at the same time contributing to our state’s economy.”
DSI’s DermSpectra Automated Total Body Digital Skin Imaging device is designed for use by dermatologists, cancer centers, clinical trials, general practitioners and telemedicine. The device assists with the viewing, recording, documenting and storing changes and abnormalities for the detection of early stage skin cancer, according to a profile of the company posted at Bloomberg.com.
DSI Acquisition Inc., founded in 2011, also has a manufacturing facility in Mountain View, Calif. The company announced last month that it is working with U.S. Capital Partners Inc. in San Francisco to raise $10 million in a series A equity round.
DSI received a grant from the Science Foundation of Arizona to develop its prototype, received an Army Advanced Medical Technology grant, and has raised $4 million to date, according to a July 20 news release.
Sununu met with Seybold as part of his 100 Businesses in 100 Days initiative early in his term to discuss the relocation of the company to New Hampshire. Sununu’s goal was to connect with out-of-state businesses — with a focus on technology, manufacturing, and aerospace — and learn what they wanted and needed in order to relocate to the Granite State.
“Work force, jobs, and quality of life are all interconnected. By attracting many great companies like Digital Skin Imaging, we can reach that critical mass of opportunities for new workers,” Sununu said in a statement.