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 Finland University will educate Vietnamese students in areas such as nature tourism, digitalisation, sustainable tourism, and well-being tourism. Image: University of Eastern Finland

The daily brief: 7 January 2020

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Finland University, KONE, Innokas Medical, Mobidiag and Kalmar make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Mobidiag receives additional funding, Innokas Medical and a Danish partner innovate in genomics, Kalmar secures international orders, Finland University launches a tourism course in Vietnam, and KONE equips an office tower in London. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Mobidiag secures EUR 1.5 million in additional funding

Finnish molecular diagnostics company Mobidiag has received a 1.5 million-euro loan from Business Finland for the continued development of its rapid diagnostics test for sepsis with its Novodiag platform. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s reaction to an infection, making early detection critical. Mobidiag first received a 1.5 million grant from Business Finland in May 2018 and secured the loan of the same amount after showing strong progress in development and meeting of key milestones. Image: Mobidiag

Innokas Medical helps Samplix create Xdrop instrument

Finnish medical technology company Innokas Medical and Danish company Samplix have co-created Xdrop, a novel instrument enabling droplet-based PCR-free enrichment of genomic regions for high-fidelity molecular biology research. Samplix selected Innokas Medical as its partner for the final commercial version of the instrument due to the Finnish company’s in-house competences. Image: Innokas Medical

Kalmar receives orders from South America

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won orders from Brazil and Argentina. The Finnish company will deliver six fully electric forklifts to Brazilian port logistics operator Sagres, with an option for another 16 electric forklifts in 2020 and 2021. Kalmar is also supplying two hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to the Exolgan container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The new order comes on the heels of a delivery of four hybrid RTG cranes to the terminal in December 2019. Image: Kalmar

Finland University launches tourism master’s in Vietnam

Finland University and Van Lang University have signed a co-operation agreement to introduce the University of Eastern Finland’s (UEF) master’s degree programme in tourism marketing and management to Vietnam. The first students are expected to start the two-year programme in Ho Chi Minh City in August 2020, participating in online lessons and classroom teaching by UEF teaching staff. Finland University is a consortium jointly owned by four Finnish universities: Tampere University, University of Eastern Finland, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. Image: Twitter/Finland University

KONE to equip office tower in London

Finnish company KONE will deliver a suite of people-flow solutions to a new 50-storey office high-rise in London, the UK. The order is for lifts and escalators, as well as a facility management tool, destination control system and information screens. The 200-metre tower in the business heart of London will feature a public viewing gallery on the 50th storey and outdoor spaces. Image: KONE

Good News from Finland is published by Finnfacts, which is part of Business Finland.

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