Actor playing Tove Jansson painting on the floor in new Tove biopic
 Tove shows the becoming of the beloved artist and creator of Moomins. Image: Moomin Characters

DAILY BRIEF: Film buzz, COVID-19 testing, stem cell treatment, cybersecurity, logistics and VR flights

All the daily Finnish business news that works: iSTOC, StemSight, SSH.COM, Caverion, Tove, Finnair and ZOAN make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


iSTOC and Siemens Helthineers partner in the fight against COVID-19, StemSight wins a startup award, SSH.COM receives a cybersecurity order, Caverion provides services to PostNord, Tove will open Göteborg Film Festival, and Finnair and ZOAN take families on VR flights to meet Santa Claus. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

iSTOC partners for highly efficient COVID-19 testing

An app displaying Covid-19 testing data
Finnish company iSTOC has partnered with Germany’s Siemens Healthineers to support healthcare providers to deploy large-scale rapid testing for COVID-19 in Europe. The partnership combines Siemens Healthineers’ rapid antigen test and iSTOC’s mobile application and diagnostics solution, which gives quick results and data that can help countries to put in place effective testing strategies and manage the pandemic. The easy-to-use solution can be deployed outside hospitals and clinics, in care homes, at airports or workplaces and provide the results in 15 minutes.

StemSight wins European startup contest in life sciences

Healthcare professional applying stem cells on a special lens to a patient's eye
StemSight has won the title of the most innovative startup in Europe in life sciences in this year’s BioFIT Startup Slam. The University of Tampere spinoff company develops stem cell therapies to cure blindness. The startup’s first target area is limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), a rare severe condition that can lead to blindness currently without valid treatment options. The title was granted by an expert jury of pharmaceutical professionals, venture capital firms and life science business accelerators.

SSH.COM wins big cybersecurity order

A laptop pulled down to hide the screen
SSH Communications Security has signed a multi-year agreement to become a supplier for a major delivery of cryptographic products and services. The value of the agreement, if fully exercised, is approximately 20 million euros. Delivered as a subscription-based service, the products and licenses present the customer with SSH’s newly launched next-generation encryption technology.

PostNord picks Caverion as facility management partner

A mail sorting warehouse
Nordic logistics company PostNord has selected Finnish company Caverion as its facility management service partner in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The interim agreement includes technical maintenance and customer centre services at over 100 locations around the three countries. Caverion’s aim is to bring about concrete benefits such as energy and cost optimisation with high customer satisfaction. PostNord will also receive up-to-date digital views of its buildings with Caverion’s SmartView platform.

Tove to open Gothenburg Film Festival 2021

Tove Jansson and friend celebrating in new Tove biopic
Director Zaida Bergroth’s biopic about Moomins creator Tove Jansson, Tove, will open the 44th Göteborg Film Festival on 29 January. The film went straight to the top of the Finnish box office charts, has been chosen as Finland’s official Academy Award entry and will compete for the best Nordic film prize in Gothenburg. Bergroth commented: “Sweden played a big part in Tove Jansson’s life, and I can’t wait to show our film in Gothenburg. I feel like Finns and Swedes share the same kind of pride when it comes to Tove – there are so many of us who have a strong relation to her work.”

Finnair takes customers on VR flight to meet Santa Claus

A Finnair virtual flight aircraft with northern lights in the background
Finnair and ZOAN will take families to Rovaniemi to meet Santa Claus with the help of VR technology. The campaign combines the magic of VR and Christmas, and all the earnings will be donated to UNICEF to minimise the impact of the pandemic on the lives of children worldwide. Click the headline to read our article on the virtual flight.

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