Innovation from Kuopio, ECG jewelry, reliably detects arrhythmias

Innovation from Kuopio, ECG jewelry, reliably detects arrhythmias

Excellence in international medical and biosignal processing as well as local jewelry design were combined with the idea of ​​entrepreneur Helena Jäntti. With the help of the network, a service was created that can be used to reliably identify arrhythmias and streamline the guidance of arrhythmia patients to treatment.

Heart2Save is a Kuopio-based health technology company founded in 2015, whose core competence is the development of medical devices and software aimed at identifying arrhythmias. The founder of the company is Helena Jäntti, a primary care physician and researcher at Kuopio University Hospital, who has seen the consequences of patients’ arrhythmias in her work.

Globally, up to one-fifth of people have a cerebral infarction before old age (age 65) and up to 40% of these are caused by atrial fibrillation. In Finland, cerebral infarction is diagnosed in up to 18,000 people every year.

“We started with a clinical need, to make a product for risk groups. A medical device that would easily detect atrial fibrillation and allow the user to seek treatment well in advance, thus preventing the complications associated with atrial fibrillation, of which stroke is the most significant. ” Jäntti says.

From idea to product development with the right partners

The journey from idea to commercial product has been a long one. Helena Jäntti emphasizes the importance of finding the right partners and experts on the journey of a medical device from idea to product. The first steps in the right direction were cooperation with physicists at the University of Eastern Finland, who built algorithms to identify arrhythmias. The AiVoni analysis service was born, which can be used to analyze the heart rhythm and generate an ECG report for each measurement.

Cooperation with Suunto, which has experience in the development of sports watches and heart rate monitors for more than 80 years, started in 2017.

“Cooperation with Suunto was started to find a sensor that would be suitable for measuring at home and would serve as a source of reliable information. The enormous size of the equipment used in hospital environments did not even come into question in this case. ”

A collaboration between a strong and experienced international player and university researchers created a product that can detect atrial fibrillation at home.

Local cooperation leads to a design product

 A revolutionary step was the collaboration with Saurum Oy and Lumoava, which started in 2019, which led to the birth of a new generation ECG jewelry. Combining the know-how of a well-known design jewelry brand with health technology gave birth to a completely new kind of medical device that travels unobtrusively with the user both in everyday life and at work. The product will be available on the market in early 2021 after the licensing process and branding have been completed.

“People don’t necessarily want to be stigmatized as sick. A medical device designed as jewelry was a good solution to this challenge. ” Jäntti says.

Product validation in the international scientific community

The safety, fit for purpose and performance of a medical device must always be demonstrated before the device can be certified and put up for sale. The process is often lengthy and considerably expensive. The Finnish scientific community was used for the clinical validation of Heart2Save’s innovation, and the results were also published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. According to Helena Jäntti, the solution has required a lot of guidance for thesis workers, but it has been an effective way to get both young enthusiastic scientists into their network and to present research results at European cardiology congresses. At the same time, the innovation has also gained a lot of international visibility.

Cooperation in regions´s networks

Know-how and entrepreneurship related to welfare technologies have been growing in Pohjois-Savo region in recent years. Welfare technology is also one of the smart specialisation priorities identified in Pohjois-Savo. The Kuopio Health cooperative,  which is an open innovation ecosystem that operates in the region, promotes know-how, research and business life in the health, well-being and nutrition sector. The cooperative is one of the clusters identified by the European Cluster Cooperation Platform, which supports its members in internationalization.

Helena Jäntti and Heart2Save have been involved in developing the region´s innovation ecosystem and have been among the first customers involved with Kuopio University hospital’s Living Lab and the National Neuroscience centre. All in all, the purpose of the region’s network is to provide a wide range of support and product development and testing services to companies in the field of health technology. According to Jäntti, the company’s story is marked by the courage to do and try and to talk about things openly and directly. Many things have been tried in recent years, such as the pitching in the ski lift in the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch event in 2017 for private equity investors.

Now that a long and expensive phase of product development is behind us, Helena Jäntti envisions for her company with a twinkle in her eye, quoting the Bible, seven obese years. In the future, the German market, where the digitalisation of healthcare is on the rise, will be a big boost. Plan is to increase export expertise through export training, the contents of which have already been discussed with the actors in the region. What ever it will require to take this next step, lack of courage will certainly not be in the way this time either.

For more information

Helena Jäntti

Clusters can play a critical role in the recovery of Finland

Clusters can play a critical role in the recovery of Finland

It is often referred that crisis can be seen as an opportunity to develop something new. Covid-19 epidemic showed clusters playing a crucial part in supporting businesses, creating social initiatives and pushing funding for SMEs. Clusters have shown to be agile and creative during crises and bringing about resilience to its members. In Finland, the regions should also take an initiative to invite clusters to take role in implementation of regional recovery plans.

A webinar held November 25, 2020 provided a forum for discussion on the role of clusters in recovery. A high-level panel concluded during the webinar that clusters are in ideal position to develop essential industrial and economic resilience as Europe recovers from the impact of Covid-19. Ulla Engelmann and Eva-Maria Revilla-Peñaranda from European Commission shared their thoughts on the role of clusters for a sustainable EU recovery. Antonio Novo Guerrero from European Cluster Alliance (ECA) shared practical examples on how cluster are speeding up the recovery and Mikko Härkönen from Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment gave an introduction to the ecosystems concept in Finland.

“Clusters ability to raise our capacities and our resilience is why clusters are critical for recovery plans”, stated Antonio Novo from ECA in his speech.

Currently, European regions are developing their recovery plans, complementing the national recovery and resilience facility. Each member states will submit national plans 1st of April 2021 latest. Regional authorities are in the key position to recognise the role of the clusters and invite them to support regional ecosystems in the recovery process.

It is important to understand the difference between clusters and ecosystems in order to see clear complementing roles. Ecosystems are independent networks between enterprises, researchers, public administration and third-sector operators. Clusters are more formalised form of collaboration and catalyst strengthening the operations in the ecosystems. Clusters should be seen as contributors facilitating innovation, channelling funding earmarked for recovery and resilience and finally, achieving the green and digital transition.

“We can see this crisis as an opportunity to build something new. Clusters have a role in planning how we can do things differently. To not only to survive but to create something new for the businesses”, concluded Mikko Härkönen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Webinar: How can clusters accelerate regional ecosystems in the recovery of Finland? 25.11.2020

The webinar recording and presentations are available HERE. 

For more information

Kristiina Jokelainen
+358 40 501 9856

Ilari Havukainen
East and North Finland in industrial transition
+358 40 621 6116

Small enterprises in forestry and wood product sector received crucial innovation support in East and North Finland High Impact Action

Small enterprises in forestry and wood product sector received crucial innovation support in East and North Finland High Impact Action

The East and North Finland High Impact Action (HIA), funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, ended in June 2020. This was a new type of funding model for consortia of SMEs and research and development organisations operating in East and North Finland. The goal of the funding was to result in product innovations in the tree, wood and timber value chain, in particular to find new innovative solutions based on circular economy and digitalisation. The East and North Finland High Impact Action funded seven projects involving organisations from all regions of East and North Finland. Regions were supported in implementation and evaluation of the High Impact Action by IDEA Consult experts.

The final seminar of the High Impact Action projects was held on September 9 2020 online. In the seminar, projects presented results of a half-year cooperation and the product and service innovations that were developed. The projects have developed, among other things, digital tools for work management between forest companies and for planning and optimising wood harvesting work. From the point of view of the circular economy, the pilots developed methods to increase the value added of forest biomass and to combine industrial by-products into a new carbon-negative product.

We are pleased to notice that during the process, cooperation has also emerged between different projects. This cooperation will certainly continue in the future, says Päivi Ekdahl, Development Director of the Regional Council of Lapland.

East and North Finland Industrial Transition (ELMO) cooperation and HIA piloting are based on the long-standing cooperation between the regional councils of East and North Finland. The goal of the co-operation is to seek new ways to support business life in the regions.

The world has changed a lot since these projects took off. On the other hand, themes such as circular economy and digitalisation are more relevant than ever. With these projects, we have seen how SMEs in East and North Finland can benefit from cross-regional and cross-organisational cooperation, says Mika Riipi, County Governor of Regional Council of Lapland.

For more infomation

Päivi Ekdahl
Development Director, Regional Council of Lapland
paivi.ekdahl (at), +358 400 383 578

A missing piece of quality control for solid biofuels is now being found

A missing piece of quality control for solid biofuels is now being found

Puumit’s test measurement unit

In the quality control of solid biofuels, techniques have been developed for many years to make it possible to analyze the moisture content of samples collected from loads immediately at the time of sampling or immediately afterwards. Especially here in the North, the biggest problem during the winter is the effect of snow and ice on the measurement results. In addition, the degree of difficulty is raised by the ever-changing measurable fuels, each of which must be calibrated to the measuring equipment separately. Now a solution is being sought in Finland with the help of two top professional companies.

There have long been two major problems with quality control of biofuels. The first challenge is to automatically take representative samples of each load and the second is to obtain real-time information on the moisture content of the material before unloading. Prometec, a Kajaani-based company which focuses on quality control of biofuels, has solved the first problems by launching a fully automatic sampling equipment that takes samples by drilling them out from each incoming fuel load. Prometec currently operates in three different countries. Now Prometec has focused on solving another major problem together with Puumit Oy, a Kuopio-based manufacturer of measuring equipment. Puumit’s measuring device has been successfully tested in a pilot project in Kajaani throughout the winter and spring. Innovatively, combining measurement techniques, Puumit enables moisture analysis of samples collected with Prometec’s Q-Robot sampler and obtaining results immediately after sampling before the truck leaves the sampling station. Thus, the driver can be instructed to drive to specific unloading locations depending on the quality of the fuel and real-time data on the moisture content of the load is provided to both the power plant and the supplier

Real-time measurement of representative samples

Unlike typical electromagnetic moisture measurement methods such as microwaves or radio waves, Puumit Oy utilizes the frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum, where the permittivity of ice corresponds to the permittivity of water. Thus, with impedance spectroscopy, it is possible to accurately measure moisture even from frozen material. Utilizing machine learning methods and artificial intelligence, spectral analyzes can be performed individually for different biofuels. The method is also self-learning, which contributes to improving the accuracy and reliability of the method.

“Sampling and measuring are the most important processes in determining fuel quality. Billing is based on these samples. Now when we can connect a reliable measuring device to the Q-Robot, we think we have found the missing piece for our offering, ”says Juha Huotari, CEO of Prometec.

“Cooperation with Prometec is vital to us. In this way, we get hundreds of samples measured and analyzed per month and we can develop our product more accurately, ELMO funding has made it possible to develop this new technology, ”says Heikki Sonninen, CEO of Puumit Oy.

Prometec´s employee Risto is making a comparison measurements.

Traditionally, trucks transporting biofuels have been sampled manually with a shovel. This causes an error in the moisture determination because obtaining representative samples manually is very challenging and time consuming. It is not possible to spend too much time on sampling per load, as during the busiest times of the heating seasons over one hundred trucks can arrive to the site and all of them needs to be sampled. Prometec’s sampler collects samples automatically, reliably and representatively before unloading.

“We have often been asked that either we can also measure the moisture of samples in real-time. That is why we have joined this development project, because our customers want these solutions and we want to serve them as well as possible. We see the measurement of samples as a challenging but potential task. It is clear that measuring equipment will be integrated into every Q-Robot, because it has so many benefits for customers, ”says Huotari from Prometec.

Future quality control is comprehensive. Both sampling and quality measurement should be automatic and accurate. By combining an automatic sampler with Q-Robot and Puumit measuring equipment, this big leap towards automatic quality control right at the receiving point, is possible to do.

Intelligent Biomass Analyzer (IBA) is a project funded from the East and North Finland Industrial Transition High Impact Action Call 2019. The High Impact Action Call targets to stimulate digitisation and circular economy in the tree, wood and timber value chain. The outcome of the IBA project will be better valorisation of the circular bio-economy side-streams including wood chips, tree bark, and saw dust. The project includes investigations of technical feasibility including in-site testing and investigations of the main industrial challenges with different type of end-users. A detailed roadmap, operations and business plan for full upscale is one of the main results of the project.


“Cooperation with Prometec is vital to us. In this way, we get hundreds of samples measured and analyzed per month and we can develop our product more accurately, ELMO funding has made it possible to develop this new technology, ”

says Heikki Sonninen, CEO of Puumit Oy.

For more information

Markku Tiitta
Technical Director
Puumit Oy
+358 44 5810 166

Circular economy connects Biovalley

Circular economy connects Biovalley

Biovalley, located in Central Ostrobothnia, is a center of expertise in circular economy, bioeconomy and chemistry, where the region is being developed in such a way that natural resources improve the quality of life and business life sustainably. The combination of chemistry, mineral economy and rural industries as a profile of smart specialisation is unique and distinguishes the region from other regions in Finland and Europe.

Biovalley involves 23 organisations, whose common goal and extensive networks create good conditions for various development platforms and cooperation. Biovalley combines industrial applications, diverse primary production and high-quality expertise. Biovalley is the largest concentration of inorganic chemical industry in Northern Europe and we are pioneers in the circular economy. Education and research support diverse business operations and battery chemical expertise is of an internationally high standard.

Biovalley is accelerating the internationalisation of Central Ostrobothnia

Biovalley Finland project, which started in summer 2019, is a support and promotion project aimed at internationalisation of Biovalley. The goal is for Biovalley to become an internationally attractive circular economy ecosystem, creating new businesses, jobs and investments. The result of the project is a strong circular economy area in which the three industries, the chemical industry, primary production and the extractive industry, operate synergistically.

The Biovalley Finland project supports joint content research and development work in the region, as well as the product development of companies. During the project, events will be organized from both a business and research perspective; A key part of promoting the visibility of Biovalley is the Kokkola Material Week event, which brings together the excellence of the chemical industry, bioeconomy and mineral economy every year. As a result of the Biovalley Finland project, the visibility of Biovalley will increase nationally and internationally. In order to develop international co-operation, Biovalley collaborators are planning  to build co-operation within the framework of the international Vanguard Initiative network and to apply for a bronze cluster label from ESCA. Biovalley will also apply for the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in order to facilitate international networking and cluster development.  

Kokkola Material Week is an annual high-level networking event that includes a review of current research and development prospects in the chemical industry, bioeconomy and mineral economy. The event has been organized successfully since 2013. The next Kokkola Material Week will be held from 7 to 12 November 2020.

For more information

Tiina Aittola
Biovalley coordinator
Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
+35840 6695151

Finding solutions to COVID-19 crises in East and North Finland

Finding solutions to COVID-19 crises in East and North Finland

Communities, clusters and SMEs have all been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. During last few months we have seen rapid action taken by government as well as regional authorities to support businesses suffering from heavy fixed costs without almost any sales in current crises. We have also seen clusters, networks and SMEs showcasing remarkable resilience and ability to adapt to the current situation. This article highlights some of the actions taken in East and North Finland in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Businesses conquering new markets

From the beginning of the pandemic, thorough hand washing has been emphasised as one of the most effective ways to prevent coronavirus infections. Instructions on how to disinfect your hands correctly became very familiar to most people already in the beginning of the pandemic, also resulting in an acute shortage of small hand sanitizer bottles. This created an opportunity to some businesses to further develop and re-invent their products as well as to seek new business partners to innovate with. One of these types of new partnerships was formed between Vivotech and Vauhti Speed operating in North Karelia in order to produce automatic hand sanitizer dispensers. Vauhti Speed in fact adapted their production capacity from ski waxes to hand sanitizers in just few days. Similar type of collaboration and product development was also done in Pohjois-Savo region between a chemistry company Reagena and a distillery named Lignell & Piispanen.

Shortage in supply of hand sanitizers has also provided product development opportunities to distilleries and breweries in East and North Finland. Companies such as Kalevala Distillery and Nordic Premium beverages operating in North Karelia as well as Olaf Brewing in South Savo have all now quickly reoriented their production to conquer new markets. Kalevala Distillery is also adding vitamin E to their sanitizer to prevent drying of skin.

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many shortages in the health care sector such as shortage of testing capacity, facilities and of supplies such as respirators. During last few weeks, we have seen some newcomers to the medical markets. A ski hat manufacturing company Husky in Lapland started their production in facemasks made of fabric and a printing company Teippari has started a production of protective visors. In North Karelia a company called Muovisola has developed a mask model where only one piece of filter fabric is needed, and production capacity can be scaled-up up to 5000 units per day. Oulu region, a home to numerous health & life science companies has also seen many companies stepping up to provide innovations and support in crises. iSTOC, for example, has developed a mobile diagnostics solution for screening and mapping the spread of viruses.

Clusters supporting businesses

Clusters have also played a crucial part in supporting businesses as well as local hospitals and health care workers during crises. We have seen clusters offering instructions and information to companies as well as webinars and training for free. For example, MicroENTRE, a cluster that promotes growth and internationalisation of micro-entrepreneurs, provided free online education on digital sales and marketing to members.

In response to the new situation, clusters not only support their members but also take part and create social initiatives. Higher education institutions as members of clusters have donated hospital beds and respirators from their teaching labs to the local hospitals. Higher education institutions, like Lapland University of Applied Sciences and University of Eastern Finland are offering free webinars for companies facing rapid changes in their business. They also offer the chance to get supplementary training free for those that have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Clusters are helping to map the situation and share the information about needs of businesses in regional and national networks.

Intermediaries, chamber of commerce and business associations are supporting SMEs in many ways. Arctic Industry and circular economy cluster in Lapland is helping industrial SMEs in crisis management, foresight services and rapid projects to ensure future of local business in Kemi and Tornio area.

Pushing funding for SMEs and clusters

Clusters, intermediaries and public sector is pushing funding for SMEs in East and North Finland. New measures have been taken on the agenda during the spring months in every region. Regional Councils play a key role in supporting regional stakeholders who operate directly with businesses. National actions have been rapid, and government has committed and prepared more direct funding for some lagging lines of business suffering from the new situation.

Public authorities have put in place several ad-hoc funding instruments for SMEs due to coronavirus outbreak. Sole entrepreneurs and self-employed persons without employees can obtain finance from municipalities through public development organisations consisting of a lump sum payment of EUR 2,000 towards the costs of running their business in the current circumstances.

Micro-enterprises that have suffered from market and production disturbances can apply for business support from an ELY Centre (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment). The support covers all types of companies. The ELY Centre’s business support can be granted to businesses with no more than five workers.

In addition, business development funding is directed for SMEs operating in Finland and employing between 6 and 250 people. The funding is available at almost all sectors where business activity has been hit by market and production chain disruptions as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. With this funding, businesses can identify, plan and implement new development measures to deal with these effects and address any further disruption. Funding is available through Business Finland.

Most of the East and North Finland regions have launched a specific call for corona crisis related projects. The funds are allocated from ERDF or other regional funds. The first calls are already closed, and it looks like there will be at least 5 million € allocated for projects selected from more than 60 proposals in East and North Finland. Oulu region, Pohjois-Savo, Kainuu, North Karelia and Lapland have been taking rapid actions for helping SMEs and stakeholders in corona crisis.

For more information

The ECCP COVID-19 Response Forum

The forum is a place to share ideas, knowledge and discussions on how to fight the coronavirus crisis. It collects relevant information, needs, offers, and events from all European countries and helps to find best practices, funding opportunities and supporting policies that can be adapted and learned from.


Ilari Havukainen,

Paula Heikkilä

Arctic Industry and Circular Economy Cluster – The forerunner in the sustainable utilisation of natural resources

Arctic Industry and Circular Economy Cluster - The forerunner in the sustainable utilisation of natural resources

Arctic Industry and Circular Economy Cluster  is an interregional cluster focusing on the sustainable utilisation of the arctic natural resources. The cluster is focusing on the development of the ecosystem for the SMEs providing industrial services for utilisation of by-products and residues of steel, forest, energy, mining and wood product industries. The cluster is combination of over 100 SMEs, LSEs, development organisations, universities and research institutions. The cluster is led by Digipolis –Technology Park.

Kemi-Tornio is the world’s northernmost concentration of bio, metal, mining and energy industries. The innovation area of Kemi-Tornio is unique in its size, since all the companies operating in the area are located within a diameter of 25 km.

The Kemi–Tornio region with a total population of 60,000 people, represents only about 1% of the total population of Finland. The Kemi-Tornio process industry, however, is an important cornerstone of the Finnish economy. The region represents an industrial system with a large number of mines and metal producers, pulp and paper mills, cardboard factories and also fertilizer and fine chemicals producers.

Kemi-Tornio circular economy platform

The region has a long tradition of utilising the circular economy. Arctic Industry and Circular Economy Cluster connects process- and mining industry companies, SMEs serving industry, universities, research institutions, funding and regional authorities to a same co-operation network. Common goal for Lapland is to be a forerunner in sustainable utilisation of natural resources and sustainable industry and circular economy activities. The work in progress for sustainable industrial refining has been notified on national, Nordic and EU levels. Systematic cluster development started in 2014, when Lapland was chosen as one of the model regions of European cluster initiative with six other regions. Lapland has been able to innovatively benefit from natural strengths of the region for cluster development.

By 2020, the Industrial circular economy in the Kemi-Tornio region has become an international showcase with innovative solutions to develop eco-innovation parks.  The industrial symbiosis at the Kemi Tornio region is one of the forerunners in the Finnish circular economy.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra started cooperation with Digipolis company in Kemi in 2016 to promote education and know-how of industrial circular economy in national scale. Sitra named spreading of good practices, largely based on the experience by the Kemi-Tornio Industrial Circular Economy Innovation Platform as one of the key projects of the Finnish circular economy road map development.

Sitra and Digipolis started a joint project where the Centre for Industrial Circular Economy was established in 2017. The project focuses on describing the model for industrial symbiosis on an operative level to national and international actors, with a strong emphasis on cooperation with other eco-innovation parks in Finland and internationally. The founding members of the Centre were Digipolis, the City of Kemi and the Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

The Centre assists companies to develop their business and products in circular economy e.g. by providing specialist guidance, applying for financing, bringing together businesses and creating networks and consortiums, and assisting in creating pilots and scaling up operations. The Steering Group of The Centre includes a broad-based group or experts ranging from big industry to public sector authorities. An essential part of the activities of the Centre for Circular Economy is coordination of the network of Eco-Industrial Parks in Finland.

Kemi-Tornio industrial circular economy: Key achievements 2016-2020

  • New industry pilots of industrial circular economy
  • More than 200 key stakeholders reached by eco-innovation park network
  • New operating model 2.0 of eco-innovation parks
  • Major development in industrial circular economy education
  • High international visibility (including e.g. significant role in Sitra’s World Circular Economy Forums in Helsinki 2019 and Yokohama, Japan, in 2018)

Key success factors​

  • long-term tradition of industry cooperation with the CE principles
  • systematic development work of Digipolis
  • the role of Sitra
  • high ambition level to become internationally leading actor   
  • broad-based private-public setting, including steering group
  • industry in focus –  concrete pilots
  • Nordic cooperation playing an important role!

For more information

Tuomas Pussila
Programme Manager
+358 50 461 1236

CEMIS – Your reliable partner for RDI in cleantech, bioeconomy, and sports, wellbeing and healthcare

CEMIS - Your reliable partner for RDI in cleantech, bioeconomy, and sports, wellbeing and healthcare

CEMIS – Centre for Measurement and Information Systems, was founded in 2010 in Kajaani and Sotkamo, Finland. CEMIS’s mission is to produce top class experts, new technology and new business for companies developing and using measurement and information systems by offering research and development services and university education in an innovative and international environment.

CEMIS is a contract based research and education centre of University of Oulu, University of Jyväskylä, Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT, CSC – IT Centre for Science and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. The centre’s focus is to develop measurement and information technology solutions for cleantech and bioeconomy, and for sports, wellbeing and healthcare. The centre also supports the development of new international business based on its innovations and expertise with partner companies.


CEMIS members

In cleantech and bioeconomy, CEMIS has a strong expertise in on-line measurements for process and mining industry. The offering in this area include environmental monitoring and water treatment solutions, analysis of metal concentrations in industrial wastewater, process analyser development (like for bioethanol production), and recycling and repurposing of industrial sidestreams. In bioeconomy CEMIS works also with natural raw ingredients, like berries, for food supplements and food industry.

In sports, wellbeing and healthcare CEMIS offers measurement and testing solutions with the latest sensor technology, and simulation solutions based on 3D, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technology.  Examples of these include advanced sensors for sports equipment (like for Nordic ski and biathlon), non-invasive biosensors for the healthcare sector, and solutions for recognising symptoms related to ocular diseases.

In addition to the previous main sectors, CEMIS offers traceability and calibration services for force, torque, large masses and water flow, and education and expertise in data engineering and data analytics. High-Performance Computing (HPC) services and capacity will be offered in 2021 when one of the most competitive supercomputers in the world, LUMI EuroHPC, is taken into use in Kajaani.

CEMIS is a trusted partner for education, research and development. We offer a wide range of services including R&D projects, testing and test facilities, education and training, analysis and calibration services. In addition, CEMIS Business Development (CBD) which is responsible for technology commercialization provides technology and business consultation for new business ideas, startups and SMEs. CBD focus on international technology business and has strong track record in projects and cooperation in Europe, Russia, Latin-America, Middle East and China.

Currently CEMIS employs near 100 measurement and information system experts, and runs over 40 projects annually. The annual funding of the centre is around 12 million euros, and since 2010 its operation has resulted in over 35 spinoff companies, over 30 commercial inventions, and over 200  peer reviewed academic publications.


Key technologies

· Optical spectroscopy
· Imaging technologies
· Bioanalytics and biosensors
· Biomechanical and physiological measurements
· Force and torque sensors
· IoT – wireless, embedded sensor networks
· Data-analytics and machine learning
· Computer games and simulators
· Virtual and augmented reality

CEMIS Services

· Top-level research and development services
· Extensive testing and calibration services, including special
analytical services
· Specialised training and consultation
· International business development services

LUMI – EuroHPC Pre-exascale Supercomputer Ecosystem

For more information

Director Mikko Kerttula
+358 44 715 7095

Forest Bioeconomy Cluster in North Karelia leads the way to a more sustainable region

Forest Bioeconomy Cluster in North Karelia leads the way to a more sustainable region

Forest bioeconomy

In North Karelia, 89% of the total land area is covered by forests. During the past few years the annual growth of forests has been about 9.3 million m3 and the annual usage of forests about 6–7 million m3. Large forest areas have provided excellent opportunities for the development of forest bioeconomy in the region. The strong and dynamic forest cluster is the corner stone of business life and industry sector in North Karelia.

There are over 500 forest bioeconomy companies in North Karelia, with an annual turnover of up to 2 billion euros. The forest bioeconomy sector employs about 6,000 people. Forest resources are processed into high added value bioproducts and services for domestic and export markets. In addition, Eastern Finland is home to the world’s leading business cluster in forest machine production.

Network of forest research and expertise provides services to business life

Due to the extensive and intensive forest bioeconomy, North Karelia has created a key European hub in forest research and expertise. The hub consists of over 600 experts in different research organizations, for example the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and the European Forest Institute (EFI).

Research information and expertise is transferred for use in trade and industry via open innovation platforms, such as the GreenHUB platform. GreenHUB is a unique collaboration network providing expert services to businesses. In addition to the above-mentioned organizations (UEF, LUKE and EFI), it consists of the educational organizations covering all educational levels for the forestry sector as well as the Finnish Forest Centre, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the business development organization Business Joensuu.

North Karelia’s areas of expertise in forest bioeconomy are:

  • Forest technology and logging logistics
  • Distributed biorefining
  • New biobased products
  • Forest information management
  • Multipurpose use of forests
  • Renewable energy production
  • Wood construction

Other strong areas of expertise connected with the forest bioeconomy industry are, for example, information technology, photonics and material chemistry.

Carbon neutrality through smart forest bioeconomy

North Karelia
North Karelia is the easternmost part of Finland with large forest resources.

In addition to businesses and research organizations, the forest bioeconomy cluster in North Karelia consists of regional development companies and authorities such as the Regional Council of North Karelia.

In December 2019, the Regional Council of North Karelia published its vision for the sustainable forest bioeconomy cluster. Actions to be taken by 2023 include, for example, strengthening the international knowledge hub, attracting investments to the bioindustrial sites of the region and supporting sustainable forestry and carbon neutral region. The strategic work on renewable energy began already in the 1990’s and North Karelia aims to be a fossil oil free region by 2030. The forest bioeconomy targets are a vital part of this ambitious goal.

Another interesting initiative is the agreement between North Karelia and the Nagano area in Japan concluded in October 2019. The intention is to promote and strengthen cooperation in regional development, education and research in the field of forestry, forest industry, renewable energy, wood utilization and bioeconomy.

“With its strong and dynamic forest cluster and a world-class knowledge
hub in forest research and expertise, North Karelia is a forerunner in smart
forest bioeconomy.”

Bioindustrial sites in North Karelia:

For more information

Sari Pitkänen
Forest and Climate Expert
Regional Council of North Karelia
+ 358 40 518 6326

Forest bioeconomy in North Karelia
Smart forest bioeconomy in North Karelia