In September 2018 Patrick Soon-Shiong was interviewed on CNBC and declared "I think zinc is the new lithium."  Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles based billionaire and CEO of the Nant group of companies (which includes the Los Angeles Times), had recently purchased Fluidic Energy.  Before it was acquired, Arizona-based Fluidic raised north of $150M and spent over a decade developing zinc-air stationary storage batteries. Fluidic was one of a very small number of players in the zinc-air space, and the company is now known as NantEnergy. Click here to watch the CNBC interview with Patrick Soon-Shiong. At AZA, we love that Patrick Soon-Shiong is an advocate for and invested in zinc-air technology.