A tree cut in half following a storm
 Finnish researchers are using artificial intelligence to predict damage caused by storms days in advance. Image: Pexels

DAILY BRIEF: Prepare for blackouts, acquisition, health tech, 5G and green textiles

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Aalto University, FMI, Whiteboard.fi, Popit, Nokia and Finland’s green textile ecosystem make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

25.02.2021

Whiteboard.fi is acquired, Popit partners with Ashfield Engage, Nokia is to roll out 5G in the Philippines, Aalto University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) predict storm damage, and GNF takes a look at green textile innovation in Finland. Click on the headlines for more info about each news item.

Whiteboard.fi joins Kahoot

A digital learning tool with illustrated kids next to empty whiteboards

Finnish education tool Whiteboard.fi has been acquired by Norwegian learning platform Kahoot for six million US dollars (approx. 4.9 million euros), with up to six million dollars payable in add-ons dependent on certain financial goals being met in 2021–2022. The acquisition covers 100 per cent of the shares in Digital Teaching Tools Finland, which developed the digital tool to engage students both in the classroom and through remote learning. Image: Whiteboard.fi

Popit partners with Ashfield Engage

A woman holding a mobile phone and pills in her hands

Finnish digital health company Popit has partnered with Ashfield Engage to improve patient adherence to treatments. Popit’s smart pill tracking solution uses a device attached to a pill sheet and patented technology to monitor missed doses, and sends alerts to patients via a smartphone app. The data is also sent to healthcare providers and partners such as Ashfield Engage, which provides personalised patient support. Image: Popit

Nokia to deploy 5G in Philippines

An illustration of 5G

Nokia has been selected by Globe Telecom to roll out 5G in the Philippines under a three-year deal. Set to begin in the second quarter of 2021 and be completed in 2023, the deployment will cover the second and third largest islands of the archipelagic country, Mindanao and Visayas. Image: Nokia

Finnish AI model predicts storm blackouts days in advance

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Researchers at Aalto University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) have developed an AI-based method to predict storms that cause blackouts days in advance, allowing energy companies to prepare repair crews before the weather-inflicted damage happens. The method divides storms into three categories: no damage, low damage and high damage. It can predict the location of the storm to within 15 kilometres and the time of the storm to within three hours. The prediction will, however, never be perfect, Aalto’s press release reminds. Image: Finnish Meteorological Institute

Finnish textiles raise standards for green lifestyles

A model clad in a blue and white coat and dress

The Finnish sustainable textile ecosystem is bursting at the seams with innovation. Infinited Fiber Company and Spinnova are among those leading the charge with cellulose-rich sustainable textile materials, while newcomers like Rester chip in with refined textile waste and digital second-hand marketplaces such as Emmy and Zadaa complete the loop. Read how these innovators are delivering us from fast fashion by clicking the headline. Image: Marimekko

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 Finland Promotion Board’s ‘Hän’ campaign stands for equality worldwide. Image: Finland Promotion Board

DAILY BRIEF: Hän includes everyone, industry, healthtech, funding and critical comms

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Hän campaign, Disior, Kemira, Sofi Filtration and Finnish critical communications make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

21.09.2020

Disior and Sofi Filtration raise coin, Kemira extends a long-term polymer supply deal, Finland Promotion Board’s Hän campaign is awarded in Vuoden Huiput competition, and Finland is a global pioneer in critical comms. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Medtech startup Disior raises EUR 1.7 million

Doctors looking at medical images of foot.

Finnish medical technology startup Disior has raised 1.7 million euros in funding from Maki.vc and Tesi, and earned its second CE marking for the Bonelogic Ortho Foot and Ankle product. Disior develops 3D analytics software that are used by doctors to improve patient care and outcomes from CT and MRI images. The cloud-based software automatically analyse, quantify and parameterise medical images. The startup has a rapidly growing global customer base, and it is currently collaborating with over 20 clinics worldwide. Image: Disior

Kemira signs multi-year extension with Ithaca Energy

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Finnish chemicals company Kemira has signed a multi-year extension to its polymer supply agreement with Ithaca Energy. Kemira originally signed the agreement in 2018 to supply polymers in order to enhance oil extraction performance on one of Ithaca’s operated assets in the UK North Sea. The year before, Kemira had expanded the polymer manufacturing capacity for chemical enhanced oil recovery (CEOR) at its site in Botlek, the Netherlands. Image: Wikimedia

Sofi Filtration signs off on EUR 3 million financing round

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Loudspring portfolio company Sofi Filtration has signed off on a three million-euro investment round to help to accelerate its growth. The Finnish company provides efficient water filtration technology, and its innovative self-cleaning filter, Sofi Filter, enables the cost-efficient micro filtration of large quantities of water. Currently focusing on the marine, oil and gas, mining, and power generation industries, Sofi Filtration has conducted successful pilots in industries such as plastics, which is considered to have high potential due to growing awareness of microplastics contamination. Image: Sofi Filtration

Hän campaign wins domestic Grand Prix Award

Busy square with Hän campaign displayed on screen.

Finland Promotion Board’s Hän campaign has won the Grand Prix Award for the greatest marketing achievement in 2019, as well as a Gold Award in Grafia’s annual creative design competition, Vuoden Huiput. The word ‘hän’ is the Finnish gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun, and the namesake campaign aims to tell the story of Finnish equality and highlight the importance of non-discrimination as a power to transform society. The campaign was launched by the department for communications of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in collaboration with consultancy agency Miltton in 2019. Image: Miltton

Finland is a first responder in global critical communications

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Public safety authorities make daily life-or-death decisions in emergency situations and other incidents. How do you ensure efficient co-operation between the police, fire brigade and emergency medical team in an environment where time is of the very essence? The Finnish critical comms ecosystem has been ranked a top performer in the field and has an end-to-end proposal and some time-tested references to show for it. Read the full feature article by clicking the headline. Image: Erillisverkot

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 Designer Ervin Latimer wants to highlight minorities in his clothing lines. Image: Vallila

DAILY BRIEF: Impactful design, healthtech, Google and social progress

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Ervin Latimer, Deep Sensing Algorithms, Noccela, ArcDia, 9Solutions, Google and Finnish social progress make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

15.09.2020

Deep Sensing Algorithms, Noccela and ArcDia innovate during the pandemic, 9Solutions secures funding, Google expands its data centre complex in Hamina, Ervin Latimer is named the Young Designer of the Year, and Finland makes the top three in the Social Progress Index. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Finnish innovators find new markets amidst pandemic

A breathalyser.

Finnish startup Deep Sensing Algorithms has developed a breathalyser test for COVID-19 and received the first orders, worth 16 million euros, from the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The startup will start the production in Finland in October and expects the fast and affordable breathalyser test to receive a CE marking in the same month. Finnish company Noccela has rethought its indoor positioning technology for preventing shoplifting to offer a highly accurate device for keeping safe distances between people and recording any possible exposures to the virus. Finally, ArcDia International has entered into a distribution agreement in Europe with Bruker Corporation for its rapid infectious disease diagnostics platform, mariPOC. Image: Deep Sensing Algorithms

9Solutions secures EUR 3 million from Bocap

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Oulu-based care technology company 9Solutions has received a three million-euro investment from the PK Arvonkasvattajat II fund, managed by Bocap Private Equity. The investment will boost the international growth and scaling of the Finnish market leader in healthcare safety and communications solutions based on locating people and assets. 9Solution’s smart care technology is used in over 1 300 healthcare organisations, including university hospitals, care homes and home care. The company employs around 50 people in Finland and Sweden, and has sales to eight countries in Europe through resellers. Image: 9Solutions

Google to open sixth data centre in Hamina

Colourful pipes in a data centre.

Search giant Google will open its sixth data centre at an old paper mill it bought in 2009 in Hamina, a town in southeast Finland. The project has been given a green light from the regional authority, and Google says the data centre will be up and running next year. The company plans to hire some 40–50 people and bring the workforce at the data centre complex to around 400. Last year, Google announced it will invest 1.2 billion euros more in its Hamina operation, bringing the total to around two billion euros. Image: Google

Designer Ervin Latimer enjoys rewarding start to autumn

Ervin Latimer sitting in the woods.

Ervin Latimer has been selected as the Young Designer of the Year in Finland and designed the first two clothing lines for Finnish textiles and interior firm Vallila. This year’s challenge in the competition was to design multipurpose hybrid clothes that work against the throw-away culture. Latimer’s winning proposition draws inspiration from drag culture and plays with gender assumptions as the clothing can be modified as the wearer sees fit. Latimer wants to highlight minorities with his work and broaden the perception of Finnish identity and fashion. Image: Marmai

Finland shines as beacon of social progress

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Finland has been ranked as the world’s third most socially progressive country in the latest edition of the Social Progress Index, a composite measure of dozens of factors affecting social development and wellbeing put together by Social Progress Imperative. Read on by clicking the headline. Image: Visit Finland

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 Around 15 000 bees – and at least one sheep – have been spotted on Kyrö Distillery’s premises. Image: Kyro Distillery

DAILY BRIEF: Whisky honey, healthtech, smart buildings, airport training, packaging and startups

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Kyrö Distillery, Monidor, Granlund, Stora Enso, Airport College International, City of Helsinki and Slush make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

31.08.2020

Monidor secures funding, Granlund partners in India, Stora Enso builds a pilot plant in Sweden, Airport College International plans virtual reality training, Kyrö Distillery launches honey, and the City of Helsinki and Slush support startups amid the financial crisis set off by the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Monidor raises EUR 1 million

Nurse checking Mondidor device by a hospital bed.

Finnish medical technology company Monidor has raised one million euros in a funding round led by Voima Ventures, with participation from Innovestor. The company develops integrated smart devices for monitoring intravenous therapy given in hospitals. Infusion therapy is still often monitored manually, which means it can be inaccurate and needlessly overburden hospital staff.  Launched in February 2020, Monidor’s first product, Monidrop, is a compact and precise infusion meter with a remote monitoring solution. Image: Monidor

Granlund partners for smart building solutions in India

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Finland’s Granlund Group has partnered with digital engineering consulting company Desapex in India to bring its property management and facility maintenance software to the country. Following the agreement, Desapex will manage the sales and implementation of the Granlund Manager software, which includes a digital twin feature that combines building data and displays a 3D model of the property in an easily understandable format. India has a vast real estate market, in which digital solutions are increasingly being implemented. Image: Granlund

Stora Enso to build pilot facility in Sweden

Packaging with foam material sticking out.

Stora Enso has announced it will build a pilot facility for producing Cellufoam, a lightweight fibre-based foam material for protective packaging and cushioning. The renewable and sustainable bio material can be used to replace the oil-based polymer foams that are widely used today. The Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer’s pilot plant will be located at its Fors Mill in Sweden and is estimated to be ready in the fourth quarter of 2021. Image: Stora Enso / Facebook

Airport College partners to bring virtual reality ULD training

Airport staff member next to airplane.

Airport College International has partnered with ULD CARE to establish virtual reality (VR) training for staff working with preflight unit load device (ULD) inspections. According to Airport College International, there is much anecdotal evidence of failings in this area, leading to unsafe ULDs routinely ending up on flights. The partners aim to use VR to provide effective basic-level training for ground crews responsible for inspecting containers, pallets and nets for damage before use. Image: Airport College International

Kyrö Distillery teams up for its own honey

Kyrö honey jar and spoon with honey.

Kyrö, a distillery based in Isokyrö, Finland, has joined forces with another local company, Sugardaddies Honey Company, to produce Kyrö Honey. An old whisky barrel in the distillery’s backyard has been turned into a beehive, where the honey has aged and gained its taste and character during the summer. The distillery’s rye whisky, Kyrö Malt, is now finally landing in shops and has also been mixed into the honey, which contains one per cent of alcohol. Kyrö is no stranger to venturing into other product categories, having produced its own hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic. Image: Kyrö Distillery

Helsinki and Slush support startups during pandemic

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The City of Helsinki and Slush have continued their productive co-operation during the coronavirus-disrupted year, launching initiatives to support promising startups on the journey to success. Read more by clicking the headine. Image: Slush

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 The Woodies are small forest creatures living in the Moominvalley who will get their own holiday spinoff series due to popular demand. Image: Moominvalley / Twitter

DAILY BRIEF: Woodies of Moominvalley, big tech orders, industry, education and fair data use

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gutsy Animations, MariMatic, Etsimo, Kalmar, Sitra and Finnish universities make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

18.08.2020

MariMatic wins substantial projects, Etsimo enters Brazil with support from Business Finland, Kalmar supplies terminal tractors in Vietnam, Gutsy Animations announces a spin-off series, Finnish universities make Shanghai Ranking, and Sitra launches a programme to build fairer data markets. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

MariMatic secures waste tech projects worth EUR 100 million

Woman putting trash into Marimatic collector

MariMatic has secured orders worth 100 million euros for its automatic waste collection system in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. The Finnish company’s MetroTaifun technology collects and transports waste directly to a waste transfer terminal through an underground pipe network by using vacuum conveying, which eliminates the need for noisy and polluting waste trucks in the area. MariMatic will deliver the systems to Sluisbuurt, a new residential areas in Amsterdam, and two new residential areas in Sweden. In Saudi Arabia, the company will supply the system to the King Abdul Aziz Road boulevard in Mecca, where the it has previously delivered the world’s largest automatic waste collection system to the al-Masjid al-Ḥarām mosque. Image: MariMatic

Etsimo’s mobile healthtech enters Brazil’s massive market

Person on laptop using the Etsimo software

Finnish startup Etsimo’s mobile health solution has been adopted in Brazil amid a surge of international interest sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Etsimo’s diagnosis engine utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning on top of health data to assess care needs based on the symptoms and personal risk factors reported by the mobile app user. With support from Business Finland, Etsimo gained market entry to Brazil and connected with its Brazilian partner, techtools ventures. Its digital health platform has now been tailored to Brazil and launched in the country’s second-largest state, Minas Gerais. The platform is also being rolled out by the Santa Casa hospital chain, which has 1 788 hospitals around Brazil. Image: Etsimo

Kalmar wins order in Vietnam

Port in Vietnam filled with containers

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply its long-term customer Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP) with 25 of its terminal tractors in a deal concluded through its local dealer Unico Vina. SNP is Vietnam’s largest container terminal operator, handling nearly 50 per cent of container throughput in the country. Its cargo handling fleet already includes a wide variety of Kalmar equipment, such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes, reachstackers and empty container handlers. The new tractors will replace a part of the operator’s fleet at the Cat Lai Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Kalmar

Gutsy to release Woodies of Moominvalley series

Woodies characters smiling in the snowy woods

Gutsy Animations, the Finnish studio behind the new Moominvalley series, is planning a holiday spin-off called The Woodies of Moominvalley, which promises to have appeal beyond the festive season. The Woodies are tiny woodland creatures briefly introduced in Gutsy’s Moominvalley series that also appeared in Tove Jansson’s original Moomins books. The animated series will consist of 24 three-minute episodes that offer a quick look into the fun adventures of the Woodies as they prepare for Christmas. The episodes will also explore universal themes such as gift giving, eating together and sharing music. The Woodies of Moominvalley is expected to air in time for the 2021 holidays. Image: Kidscreen / Twitter

Finnish universities attract international applause

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Eight Finnish universities have been included in this year’s Shanghai Ranking, including three in the top 500 worldwide. Read more by clicking the headline. Image: Tampere University

Finnish SMEs to build business from shared data

A handful of data.

The Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) has launched a programme to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to forge new business models by sharing data, the world’s most valuable raw material, in a fair, responsible and transparent manner. Click the headline to read our full report. Image: Laura Toropainen / Sitra

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 4Good Games develops mobile games with a social impact in the real world. Image: 4Good Games

DAILY BRIEF: Impactful gaming, branding, merger and acquisition, healthcare AI and universities

All the daily Finnish business news that works: 4Good Games, Metso Outotec, Kurio, Miltton, Neste, Netprofile, SEK, Silo AI, Firstbeat and Finnish universities make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

02.07.2020

Metso Outotec starts operations following a merger, Kurio, Miltton, Neste, Netprofile and SEK are recognised at the SABRE Awards, Silo AI partners for computer vision in healthcare, Firstbeat Technologies sells its analytics division, 4Good Games raises seed funding, and Finnish universities make global rankings. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Metso Outotec starts operations

Metso Outotec, a new leading company in the aggregates, minerals, metals and recycling industries, has started operations following the merger of Finnish company Metso’s minerals business and Finnish company Outotec. Headquartered in Helsinki, Metso Outotec employs over 15 000 people in more than 50 countries and had illustrative combined sales of around 4.2 billion euros in 2019. The company will focus on sustainable minerals and metals processing and recycling technologies, offering a vast product portfolio, global services network and significant R&D capabilities. Image: Metso Outotec

Finnish creative agencies win big at SABRE Awards

Several Finnish companies have been awarded at the SABRE Awards EMEA 2020 recognising the best that the communications industry has to offer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The biggest Finnish winner on the night was Kurio, which was awarded as Digital Consultancy of the Year, as well as for three campaigns it carried out for Neste, Mantsinen Group and Microsoft. Finnish consultancy Miltton was recognised with the Best in Brand Film/Video award, while Neste won the Nordics series with its Zero Island campaign. Netprofile earned the PR Agency Citizenship award for its socially meaningful work, and SEK received three honourable mentions, including for its Rent a Finn campaign with Visit Finland. Image: Kurio

Silo AI and Philips to develop computer vision in healthcare

Finnish company Silo AI has teamed up with health technology company Philips to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in healthcare. The companies have built a computer vision solution that analyses MRI images to detect organs for 3D segmentation, a critical process in radiotherapy. The solution leverages Silo AI’s computer vision experience and Philips’ healthcare expertise. The algorithms could generate information that can be used for novel radiotherapy planning purposes, which can lead to more efficient workflows and support patient-centric care in radiotherapy. Image: Silo AI

Firstbeat sells analytics division to Garmin

Finnish company Firstbeat Technologies has sold its consumer technologies licensing business, Firstbeat Analytics, to technology company Garmin, as it renews its focus on corporate wellness and sports. The company will later this year introduce a new corporate wellness solution called Firstbeat Life, which consists of a personal sensor, a motivating app for employees, holistic tools to manage corporate wellness strategies and access to personal coaching. Its new Firstbeat Sport Live app is also supporting the remote training of professional athletes from its client list of teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL and elite football leagues around the world. Image: Firstbeat Technologies

4Good Games completes seed funding round

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Finnish startup 4Good Games has closed a seed funding round launched to develop free-to-play casual mobile games with social impact at their core. The round was led by the 4Good’s co-founder and vice chairperson, Jukka Pihlman, with participation from Finnish game industry veterans such as Rovio founder Niklas Hed, ex-Supercell lead Jouni Utriainen and Frogmind’s Teemu Mäki-Patola. The startup aims to make every playing session feel meaningful by connecting in-game actions to real-world impact. It will also channel up to half of its profits to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on the environment. Image: Pexels

Global rankings recognise new wave of Finnish universities

Finland’s Aalto University and Tampere University have been recognised as some of the world’s best academic institutions under the age of 50 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE). Read more about it in our news article by clicking the headline. Image: Tampere University

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DAILY BRIEF: Industrial machinery, epilepsy diagnosis, 5G and food packaging innovation

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Neuro Event Labs, Nokia, Kalmar and Finnish food packaging makes headlines.

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22.06.2020

Neuro Event Labs receives EU backing for its epilepsy diagnosis tech, Nokia becomes the first to demonstrate a live C-band network in the US, Kalmar lands new deals worldwide, and GNF takes a look at local food packaging innovators Koepala, Woodly, Jospak, Kotkamills and Huhtamäki. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Neuro Event Labs granted EUR 1.9 million in EU funding

Finnish company Neuro Event Labs (NEL) has received a 1.9 million-euro EU Horizon 2020 grant to make its remote diagnostics aid, Nelli, widely available for epilepsy patients. Epilepsy is one of the world’s most common neurological disorders and, in order to provide optimal treatment, it’s crucial to define the type and frequency of seizures. A third of diagnosed epilepsy patients suffer from uncontrolled seizures that could be managed if the diagnosis was made with more reliable methods. NEL’s clinically tested and AI-powered technology aims to change that. It is used in the patient’s home and interprets their behaviour, movements and sounds to provide more accurate information to doctors. Image: Neuro Event Labs

Nokia completes first C-band network trial in US

Finnish telecom equipment supplier Nokia has completed the first successful US-based trial in the C-band spectrum, achieving stable peak throughput speeds of over 1 Gbps. C-band will be a prime spectrum for providing 5G services in the country, with Nokia’s C-band solutions ready to deploy before the expected US spectrum auction in December 2020. Nokia carried out the tests in the Cypress Waters neighbourhood of Dallas, Texas, by leveraging its commercial 5G AirScale portfolio. Image: Nokia

Kalmar keeps busy worldwide

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed new agreements in South America, Europe and India. The Finnish company will supply 16 terminal tractors to SAAM Group’s port terminals in Chile and Ecuador. It will also supply DR Depots in the Netherlands with nine empty container handlers and one reachstacker under a contract secured through its local dealer, Feyter Forklift Services. Finally, Kalmar has signed a letter of intent with ARX Mining and Construction Equipment, according to which ARX is to become its contract manufacturer for Indital branded products in India. As a consequence, Kalmar will close its multi-assembly unit in Bangalore, India. Image: Kalmar

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 Rovio’s portfolio grows with the Darkfire Heroes role playing game. Image: Darkfire Games

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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Optomed, Tamturbo, TietoEVRY, Rovio and LUT University make headlines.

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04.06.2020

Optomed receives a medical device approval in China, Tamturbo secures a significant investment, TietoEVRY and IFS provide a cloud solution to Suzuki Garphyttan, Rovio acquires Darkfire Games, and LUT University supports digital transformation in industry. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Optomed receives regulatory approval in China

Finnish medical technology company Optomed has received a medical devices regulatory approval in China for a new eye-screening product. Optomed Smartscope EY80 has a wide field of view and is designed for the retinal screening of newborn babies and small children. Optomed can start commercial operation of the product following the approval from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The company believes it is the first non-contact fundus camera approved for newborn imaging in China. Image: Optomed

Tamturbo secures significant investment from Sulzer

Swiss-headquartered engineering company Sulzer has made an investment to acquire 25 per cent of Tamturbo, a Finnish manufacturer of oil-free industrial air compressor systems. Tamturbo and Sulzer have collaborated since 2018, with Tamturbo’s disruptive technology complementing Sulzer’s lower-pressure compressor offerings in such industries as pulp and paper, food, metals, mining and chemical processing. Sulzer’s strong brand, industrial contacts and global presence will offer significant growth opportunities to Tamturbo. Image: Tamturbo / Facebook

TietoEVRY and IFS win deal with Suzuki Garphyttan

Finland-headquartered TietoEVRY and Sweden-based IFS will provide end-to-end business process support to Suzuki Garphyttan, a world-leading supplier of advanced spring wire and part of Nippon Steel Corporation. Suzuki Garphyttan needed a new comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for its plan to expand its presence in sectors such as automotive, food and beverage, and medical equipment. After an extensive evaluation process, Suzuki Garphyttan opted for IFS’s ERP cloud solution and TietoEVRY as an implementation partner. Image: Suzuki Garphyttan

Rovio acquires Danish studio Darkfire Games

Finnish game studio Rovio Entertainment has acquired Copenhagen-based role-playing games specialist Darkfire Games. Rovio bought all outstanding shares in the studio, which will now become its subsidiary under the name Rovio Copenhagen. The studio will continue to focus on RPGs, and Rovio will take on the studio’s soft-launched mobile RPG Darkfire Heroes. Image: Rovio

LUT enhances industrial production with digital twins

LUT University in Lappeenranta, Finland, is supporting the growth and digital transformation of industrial companies by developing highly detailed digital replicas of factory floors, machinery, production processes and more, which help to increase production efficiency. Read more about it in our breaking news report by clicking the headline. Image: Intens

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Finnish healthcare district goes mobile in problem drinking prevention

The Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing in Finland has put to use a mobile adaptation of AUDIT-C, a screening questionnaire for identifying early signs of hazardous alcohol use.

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01.06.2020

Developed by Oulu, Finland-based Medanets, the app has been used in the inpatient wards of special healthcare units as part of a larger project to develop substance abuse prevention. It guides the user through the questionnaire, calculates a risk score for the patient based on the answers and parameters inputted by healthcare professionals, and provides instructions for further measures based on the score.

“The use of the app has made our operations more structured and systematic: work and documentation go hand in hand,” said Susanna Leimio, regional coordinator for preventive work at the Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing.

Medanets has supplemented the proven questionnaire at the request of the joint authority with a 10–15 minute intervention for patients with high scores. Both the questionnaire and intervention take place in the presence of the patient at the point of care, with the information transferred to the electronic health record in real time.

Leimio said collaboration with the software firm has worked well.

“Everything went really smoothly. We found a common language easily. I got the feeling that the people at Medanets immediately understood what we needed. We also got good and clear instructions on how to use the new functionalities,” she said.

Alcohol abuse is one of the major health threats and one of the most common causes of death among working-age people in Finland. Alcohol-related harm is estimated to cost the country nearly 1.5 billion euros a year, making work to prevent alcohol abuse important also from a financial perspective.

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 Hatch Kids is launching its safe and fun gaming app for 2-8-year-olds in the UK and Ireland. Image: Hatch Kids

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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Reworks, Valo Therapeutics, Hatch Kids and dSign Vertti Kivi & Co make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

23.04.2020

Reworks raises coin for a home design game, Valo Therapeutics innovates in cancer care, Hatch Kids lands in the UK and Ireland, dSign Vertti Kivi & Co plans vessel interiors for Tallink, and Finnish AI research bears fruit in dentistry. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Reworks raises EUR 4 million

Finnish startup Reworks has raised four million euros in a funding round led by EQT Ventures, with participation from Finnish VC funds Play Ventures and Big Bets. The funding will be used for its debut home design game, Redecor, launching globally today. The company pushed forward the launch date as many people are spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Reworks was founded in 2018 by the former team of Sumoing, the studio behind the global hit colouring app for adults Recolor. Image: Reworks

Valo Therapeutics partners for novel cancer treatment

Finnish immunotherapy company Valo Therapeutics (Valo Tx) is combining technologies with Norwegian company Targovax to develop a new platform that could support novel therapies for hard-to-treat solid tumours. The partners intend to evaluate Valo Tx’s PeptiCRAd technology as a tool to coat ONCOS oncolytic adenoviruses with Targovax’s TG mutant RAS peptides in order to direct immune responses against mutant RAS directly to the tumour site. If successful, the partnership could lead to the development of a first-in-class oncolytic virus engineered to induce mutant RAS immune responses. Image: Valo Therapeutics

Hatch Kids launches in the UK and Ireland

Finnish children’s gaming app Hatch Kids has launched in the UK and Ireland after a warm reception in the Nordics. The subscription-based app doesn’t include any ads or in-app purchases and features games that are carefully selected to support early-childhood learning. The service includes games for toddlers that help to develop motor skills and cognitive abilities, such as Sago Babies, Shapes and Colors, and My Hungry Caterpillar. Preschoolers can boost their imagination and learn skills such as chemistry and programming with Toca Lab: Elements, Pepi Wonder World and others. There are over 90 titles on the platform, which is available on Android and launching on iOS later this year. Image: Hatch Kids

dSign Vertti Kivi & Co to design interior of new Tallink vessel

Finnish design company dSign Vertti Kivi & Co is collaborating with Estonian shipping company Tallink on the interior design concept of the LNG-powered MyStar vessel being constructed at the Rauma shipyard in Finland. The vessel will have a crisp Scandinavian look with touch-friendly materials and inspired by the Baltic Sea. The agreement builds on past a collaboration, where dSign Vertti Kivi & Co created the interior design of Tallink’s current flagship, MegaStar. The new vessel is scheduled to start regular operations on the Helsinki-Tallinn route at the beginning of 2022. Image: Tallink

Finnish AI innovation for dentists

Researchers at the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), Tampere University Hospital, Planmeca and The Alan Turing Institute have developed an AI solution for determining the location the mandibular canal, a crucial piece of information for planning a dental implant operation. Read more about it in our breaking news article by following the link in the headline. Image: FCAI

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 Nitro Games has secured around four million euros from its new largest shareholder Nordisk Film. Image: Nitro Games

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All the daily Finnish business news that works: YIT, Danfoss Editron, Suominen, Superplus Games, Aalto University, Nitro Games and Bioactive Bone Substitutes make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

17.04.2020

YIT builds roads in Lithuania, Danfoss Editron invests in Lappeenranta, Suominen ramps up sustainable production, Aalto University partners on health technology research, Bioactive Bone Substitutes secures a US patent, and Superplus and Nitro raise coin for games. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

YIT wins several road renovation contracts in Lithuania

Finnish construction company YIT has been awarded four road and street renovation contracts worth over 10 million euros in Lithuania. The company started a major reconstruction project on an over 11-kilometre stretch of Telšiai District Road in March under an agreement with the Lithuanian Road Administration. The project will include laying over 73 000 square metres of pavement, renovating drainage and bus stops, installing speed bumps, and building a bridge over Pala River. Last year, YIT carried out nearly two dozen infrastructure projects in Lithuania. Image: YIT

Danfoss Editron opens in-house testing lab in Lappeenranta

Multinational company Danfoss Editron has opened an in-house testing facility in Lappeenranta, Finland. The facility will be used to conduct electromagnetic compatibility and environmental tests on the company’s systems and machines to guarantee their quality to customers. On-site testing will also allow Danfoss Editron to fix issues at an earlier stage in the manufacturing process. The company has already started to see the benefits of its own testing equipment in research and development activities in the area of conductive emissions, for instance. Image: Danfoss Editron

Suominen invests in sustainable operations in Italy

Finnish non-woven fabrics manufacturer Suominen will strengthen its capacity for sustainable products by investing roughly four million euros in enhancing one of its production lines in Italy. Suominen is a leading global producer of non-woven fabrics for wipes, hygiene products and healthcare applications. To be finalised in the second half of 2021, the project is part of the company’s strategy to meet growing demand for sustainable nonwovens. Image: Suominen

Superplus Games raises USD 4.7 million

Finnish mobile game studio Superplus Games has raised 4.7 million US dollars (approx. 4.3 million euros) in a funding round led by Makers Fund, with participation from Business Finland, Sisu Game Ventures and other existing investors. The studio will use the funding to develop casual player-versus-player games. Superplus Games is currently working on Hills of Steel 2, a sequel to its 2017 tank battle game, as well as the battle royal-type title ‘Brawls of Steel’. Image: Superplus Games

Aalto and University of Manchester partner on health AI

Aalto University and the University of Manchester have entered into a strategic research partnership on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the medical sector. As part of the agreement, Samuel Kaski, a professor of computer science at Aalto University, will become the director of the Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology at the University of Manchester. His main objective will be to set up a AI centre at the institute, which is to play a critical role in bringing out new health technology innovations in Manchester. The partnership will also support the activities of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) coordinated by Aalto University. Image: Aalto University

Nitro Games receives SEK 45 million from Nordisk Film

Nitro Games has received a 45 million-Swedish krona (approx. 4.1 million-euro) investment from Nordisk Film Games, making it the largest shareholder in the Finnish mobile game studio. The funding package consists of a directed new issue of shares expected to raise 25 million krona before issue costs and a convertible loan agreement worth 20 million krona. The funding will be used primarily to further develop Nitro Games’ portfolio of mobile shooter games, such as Heroes of Warland and Lootland. Image: Nitro Games

Bioactive Bone Substitutes granted patent in the US

Finnish biotech company BBS-Bioactive Bone Substitutes has been granted a patent for its Artebone product in the US. Artebone is a ready-to-use paste that contains two main components of bone, bone proteins and mineral scaffold, and works as a bone graft substitute in bone healing. It is used mainly to treat bone defects and healing problems in the extremities, such as the foot and ankle. Artebone has now been granted patents in all major market areas worldwide. Image: Bioactive Bone Substitutes

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