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About Grundium

Overview

Grundium is making the best professional diagnosis available for all life, including humans, animals and plants. We do this by enabling remote microscopy and telepathology with our high-precision and portable microscope scanners.

It is our goal to remove the entry barrier for hospitals and clinics to digital pathology by creating affordable and accessible remote tools for whole slide imaging. Grundium enables professionals to practice microscopy anywhere in the world.

Grundium comes from the world of mobile technology and is home to a unique blend of expertise ranging from compact hardware design, camera technology and optical physics to sourcing and precision manufacturing.

History

BEFORE GRUNDIUM

Grundium is founded by ex-Nokia technology development directors with more than 20-years of experience in optics, sensors and developing HW/SW for manufacturing. Around the mid 2010’s this group of people grew a shared desire to take all the experience and knowhow of mobile imaging they had built and turn it into something new. A decision to establish a new enterprise using imaging and mobile technology to benefit all mankind was made.

GRUNDIUM IS ESTABLISHED

Established in October 2015, Grundium got off to a running start. Grundium subcontracted for various camera and image processing systems´ development for manufacturing, healthcare, etc. industries. Experiments with a number of technologies, including 3D imaging and 360 view were made and piloted, but they didn’t feel right. Finally, a feasibility study, plenty of legwork, meeting people and asking questions led into discovering a clear market gap and problem in digital pathology. There was an immediate demand for a portable high resolution whole slide imaging device, which absolutely required the specific knowhow and expertise of compact electronics, such as mobile phones. The jigsaw pieces fell into place. Grundium did research on selected markets and targeted regions, interviewed digital pathology experts, development partners and potential clients to define the main user needs and to validate competitive advantages over current solutions, defined an IP protection strategy, drafted a commercialisation strategy and defined the key development and value-chain partners.

IMPORTANT MILESTONES

  • Grundium is established in October 2015.

  • In December 2017, Grundium secured a sizeable venture capital investment. The funding helped fast forward marketing and the early commercialization.

  • In early to mid 2018 the first prototypes were built and distributed for test use and feedback around key digital pathology labs in Europe, North America and Asia. Experts were heard and the product was updated and improved.

  • The first commercial devices were delivered in late 2018. 2018-19 Grundium also toured tradeshows, conferences and other events extensively showing the small, beautiful and powerful device, which had been given the name Ocus.

  • In May 2020 Grundium launched a second scanner model with a higher 40x magnification, the Grundium Ocus40. In September the same year Grundium expanded from human pathology into veterinary diagnosis with Zoetis.

FUTURE

Grundium’s mission to make professional diagnosis available for all life extends beyond pathology to everything from marine biology to environmental sciences, and perhaps even to the inanimate in material sciences and geology. The future looks sharp and Grundium continues to serve various industries and businesses enhancing quality and processes, protecting life and safeguarding a clean environment.

Partners

PATHOLOGY SERVICE SUPPLIERS

SYNLABFimlab

VETERINARY PATHOLOGY

Zoetis

HOSPITALS

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMassachusetts General HospitalUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterUniversity of Michigan Hospital Ann Arbor

RESEARCH INSTITUTES

Karolinska InstitutetFinnish Institute of Molecular Medicine

AI FOR PATHOLOGY

TechcyteAiforia

ORGAN PROCUREMENT

Specialist Direct, Inc

TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

NVIDIAMicrosoft AzurePathoZoom

TARGET GROUPS

Grundium enables easy system-level remote imaging for pathology service suppliers and an easy entry into digital pathology for hospitals, clinics and institutes. The small footprint, high-precision and affordable Ocus® microscope scanners are equally practical in any field of microscopy, such as AI diagnosis, marine sciences, environmental research, geology and material sciences.

ISO 13485 STANDARD

This ISO certification assures Grundium acts responsibly with its customers and the authorities. Audited and certified by Lloyd's Register, Grundium holds the ISO 13485 certification for organizations involved in the design, production, installation and servicing of medical devices and related services. The certificate is designed to also be used by internal and external parties, such as certification bodies, to help them with their auditing processes. A medical device is a product, such as an instrument, machine, implant or in vitro reagent, that is intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases or other medical conditions.

PATENTS

Grundium’s technology stems from decades of experience and expertise uniquely suited for designing and manufacturing small, high-precision imaging devices. These patents in imaging technology, optics and design are a testament to this knowhow.


US 10,564,408

US D872,789

US 106,628,698

US 10,341,551 B1

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

Kimmo Alanen

VP of Software

kimmo.alanen@grundium.com
Quotes
The Grundium team has always come through as helpful, reliable and very nice to work with.
— W. Scott Rombach

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