Ginolis introduces automation to healthtech industries

An Oulu-based startup develops unique automation solutions for an industry which has traditionally been slow to embrace them.
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The medical device and diagnostic industry used to be very labour-intensive. Many of their devices were assembled by hand. But in 2010 several people who had experience in the automated assembly of consumer electronics wondered if they could take their knowledge to health technology. So Ginolis was born.

Based in Oulu, Finland, Ginolis has offices in San Diego, USA; Uppsala, Sweden and Suzhou, China. They specialise in production automation and high precision liquid handling for the global healthtech industries and count many leading diagnostic companies as their clients. They have expanded through a series of acquisitions and boast patents in dispensing, micro fabrication and precision robotics.

"Ginolis has grown very quickly and is already recognised as an emerging player in automated solutions for the medical device industry," says Jorma Venäläinen, VP of Sales and Marketing. "The organisation is transitioning from a start-up to a large-scale provider of automated systems."

Flexible automation

The company stresses precision, modularity and a small footprint. Traditional automated manufacturing platforms can be large, but Ginolis uses a modular desktop approach. This is flexible as well as scalable, so companies can invest in automation earlier and scale up as they grow.

"We are currently in the midst of launching our revolutionary Lateral Flow Device Assembly system LFDA-3 to international markets," Venäläinen continues. "This is a standard automation system for assembling rapid tests and provides manufacturers flexible production capacity within a desktop footprint."

The LFDA-3 system follows the Ginolis philosophy of modularity while focusing on speed, accuracy and precision. It uses machine vision guidance, can produce up to 30 units per minute, and only takes up three square metres of space.

Evolution and new technologies

Ginolis focuses on medical technology, but their expertise in micro components and precision assembly got them invited to join OPEC, Optical Information Processing for Energy-Efficient Data Centres. OPEC is a Tekes-funded project to explore energy and performance efficiency in data centres and 5G networks.

"Since our foundation, working with Tekes has been instrumental to Ginolis," says Venäläinen. "Tekes has helped us develop our products and services, as well as promoting Ginolis to the national and global market. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with Tekes well into the future."

The future may well be interesting for the company. Just like with the data centre project, Ginolis is continuously searching for and developing new technologies.

"We are committed to providing innovative automated solutions," Venäläinen sums up. "The company is continuously evolving and looking forward to the next challenge."

Text: David J. Cord

Eeva Landowski