ATHENA RIC Innoetics and its World-class Voice Technology Acquired by Samsung
“Athena” Research & Innovation Center, one of the main ICRE8 collaborators announced that Innoetics, an “Athena” spin off, has been acquired by Samsung Electronics.
According to the National Herald the Innoetics sale represents a significant exit in the Greek technology sector and the highest valued exit incubated in Greek academic and research centers in recent decades.
Over the last 10 years, Innoetics has developed and distributed award-winning voice technology in the area of Text-to-Speech, which is the counterpart of voice recognition, both essential for the voice-based humanmachine interaction lifecycle, especially in view of the rising prevalence of conversational assistants in everyday life. The technology of Innoetics has won prestigious first place “Best TTS” technology awards for several years running.
Innoetics was founded in 2006 by five technology visionaries, then working together at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing of the “Athena” Research Center, aiming at the development and most efficient exploitation of their research results in voice technologies.
“We are very proud and excited for this unique success of Innoetics. Visionary basic research by an “Athena” team was the fundamental part of a journey that, propelled by hard and systematic entrepreneurial efforts, led to the creation of a world class voice technology company, worthy of Samsung’s acquisition.
“Athena” will build on this experience to promote and support new high-risk out-of-the-box efforts of its researchers, and to augment its capacity to turn research results into efficient technological solutions and new business initiatives”, says Yannis Ioannidis, President and General Director of the “Athena” Research & Innovation Center, and Professor at the Informatics & Telecommunications Department of the University of Athens.