Art works in a gallery.
 Finnish graphic designer Anton Pitkänen wins the MvVO Ad Art Show and picks up a special Clio Award. Image: MvVO ART / Patrick McMullan

DAILY BRIEF: Big art win, Finnish expansion, biopharmaceuticals and space tech

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Anton Pitkänen, Airport College International, Paras Biopharma and VTT make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Airport College International starts a new collaboration, Paras Biopharma joins a biotechnology alliance, Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group opens an office in Finland, Toni Pitkänen wins Ad Art Show 2020, and VTT‘s technology is launched into space. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Airport College starts online training collaboration

Ground staff member next to airplane.

Finnish online training service Airport College International has signed a co-operation agreement with Airport Services Association (ASA), the globally recognised trade association for the independent ground and air cargo handling industry. Airport College will now make online ground handling training courses available to ASA members under special membership terms, while ASA will promote the courses through its membership and communications channels. Image: Airport College International

Paras Biopharma joins alliance for biotechnology firms

Scientist standing on ladder in room full of equipment.

Paras Biopharmaceutical Finland has joined the Pivotal Scientific Limited (PSL) Alliance of companies operating in the biotechnology market. The Finnish biopharmaceuticals company looks to promote the worldwide reach of its recombinant bioprocess enzymes through the network. The PSL Alliance provides a platform for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors to connect and forge working relationships worldwide. Image: Paras Biopharma

WMFTG expands to Finland

Different pump systems.

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) has opened new offices in Finland and Norway to strengthen its direct sales and technical support in the Nordic region. The UK-based engineering company is a leading global producer of peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry. WMFTG has Nordic operations in Sweden and Denmark, and globally it runs 10 factories and 37 sales offices. Image: WMFTG

Finnish artist wins AD Art Show 2020 in New York

Textile art of a river.

Finnish freelance graphic designer Anton Pitkänen has taken the top honours at the Ad Art Show 2020 and received a special Clio Award for excellence in contemporary art in New York. The competition celebrates creativity and talented artists from advertising “following in the footsteps of famous artists like Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Mark Rothko.” Largely made up of textile artworks, Pitkänen’s winning contributions were singled out from the works of 135 artists. Image: MvVO ART

VTT’s spectral imager launched into space

Nanosatellite in space.

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched 42 tiny satellites into space on 2 September, including one carrying remote sensing technology developed and built by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Read our full article by clicking the headline. Image: BIRA-IASB

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