March 26, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Rapid coronavirus test on the market, technology, design, industry, gaming and startups
Finnish company Mobidiag now offers a fast and easy-to-use test for coronavirus.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Mobidiag, TactoTek, Valmet and Remedy make headlines.
Mobidiag releases a rapid COVID-19 test for healthcare professionals, TactoTek innovates on car lighting, Valmet renews a maintenance agreement in Australia, Remedy signs a major game publishing deal, and Mia Kemppaala springs to action.
Finnish company TactoTek and Germany’s Lightworks have partnered to develop in-mould lighting solutions for vehicles. The two companies will accelerate the development and use of in-mould lighting for styling and function in car interiors and exteriors. TactoTek is a specialist in in-mould structural electronics (IMSE), that is moulding LEDs and the circuitry that drives them inside 3D structures. This results in very thin, seamless components that can conform to complex shapes and are suitable for mass production.
Finnish company Valmet has renewed its maintenance deal with Orora’s Botany mill in New South Wales, Australia. Valmet and Orora have also signed a performance agreement that targets clear and systematic production and maintenance improvements at the mill. Valmet has previously supplied its flagship paper machine, B9, to Orora and has been responsible for the mill’s maintenance since the start-up in 2012.
Remedy, the Finnish video game company behind the multi-awarded Control and Max Payne, has signed publishing agreements with a major publisher for its next two, still-to-be-announced games. As part of the deals, the publisher will cover the development costs of the two titles and Remedy will be entitled to 50 per cent of profits from the games’ sales. Remedy will also retain the intellectual property of the games. The first project is already in pre-production and will be an AAA multi-platform game. The second one is a smaller-scale game set in the same franchise.
Espoo-headquartered company Mobidiag has made available for healthcare professionals a fast and easy-to-use test for COVID-19 infection. The Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Test uses lateral flow technology and allows the detection of IgG and IgM from human serum, blood or plasma in about 15 minutes. The kit is developed by Autobio Diagnostics, a leading Chinese clinical diagnostics company that is a key partner of Mobidiag. The test is now available through Mobidiag’s sales channels and local distributors. The Finnish company is currently also developing two complementary molecular diagnostics tests for coronavirus detection.
Mia Kemppaala, the driving force behind the annual Polar Bear Pitching startup competition set in a hole in the ice in Oulu, had to rethink the contest this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Described as a fountain of fresh ideas, Kemppaala and her team turned the event virtual in just a week, and she wasn’t done there. Read more by following the link in the headline.
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