An autonomous shuttle bus with its doors open
 Sensible 4’s self-driving shuttle bus GACHA wins more international recognition. Image: Sensible 4

The daily brief: 26 November 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Ductor, Reaktor Education, Aiforia and Sensible 4 make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Ductor opens a novel biofertiliser and biogas production facility in Mexico, Reaktor and Sensible 4 win significant international awards, and Aiforia secures a large EU grant. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Ductor opens groundbreaking plant in Mexico

Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company Ductor has opened the world’s first facility that produces organic biofertiliser and biogas from poultry waste in Jalisco, Mexico. The company’s innovative fermentation technology turns chicken manure into efficient organic fertiliser and biogas in the form of biomethane, which enable significant reductions of greenhouse gas emission in both the energy and agricultural sectors, as well as healthier farming practices. Ductor currently has several projects underway in Europe and the Americas. Image: Twitter/Ductor

Reaktor Education wins MIT innovation contest grand prize

Reaktor Education was among the four grand prize winners at the 4th annual MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC), a contest for companies using technology to disrupt the future of work. The Helsinki-based company was awarded the 250 000-euro prize for its online courses in artificial intelligence (AI). The first of the free online courses, Elements of AI, was launched in 2018 together with the University of Helsinki, attracting more than 230 000 registrants. Reaktor Education was selected as the winner from a pool of 1 500 registrants and 20 regional finalists. Image: University of Helsinki

GACHA racks up international awards

GACHA, the autonomous shuttle bus from Finnish self-driving software startup Sensible 4 and Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI, has won the Design Museum’s Beazley Design of the Year award in the Transport category. It is the world’s first self-driving shuttle bus capable of operating in all weather conditions. Its design and spacious interior are characteristic of the minimalist style of the lead designer, Japan’s Naoto Fukasawa. GACHA has recently also won at Good Design Award and the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. Image: MUJI

Aiforia secures EUR 2.1 million EU grant

Finnish company Aiforia has received a 2.1 million-euro grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, boosting its ongoing development work on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for digital pathology. Aiforia also announced the release of its new CE-IVD-marked product, Aiforia Clinical, which can be integrated into any hospital IT infrastructure and is now available for diagnostic use in Europe. The platform is optimised for the clinical pathology workflow and can be used by pathologists to make a primary visual diagnosis from digitised tissue samples. Image: Aiforia

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