Company

About Grundium

Overview

Grundium helps make life better for not just healthcare professionals around the world, but the millions of patients they serve every day. We serve our customers with attention to detail, the best practises and honouring applicable laws and regulations. Grundium is known for both our cutting edge technical expertise in small well-designed optical electronics, and applying this knowledge in customer projects, creating success stories benefitting everybody.

We remove the entry barrier for hospitals and clinics to digital pathology by creating affordable and accessible high-precision remote tools for whole slide imaging. Grundium doesn't only enable professionals to practice microscopy anywhere in the world, but we make it effortless too.

Ultimately, by making business easy for our customers with our high-precision and portable microscope scanners, Grundium is making the best professional diagnosis available for all life.

CUSTOMERS

Grundium enables easy remote imaging for our customers ranging from individual clinics and hospitals to health systems, all the way to enterprises providing laboratory services. The small footprint, high-precision and affordable Ocus® microscope scanners are equally practical in any field of microscopy, such as pathology, AI diagnosis, marine sciences, environmental research, geology and material sciences.

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

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. In the beginning the startup 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 with 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 selected 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.

  • The third model in the Ocus series, the Ocus20, was launched a year later in May 2021. The Ocus20 is optimized for fast scanning speed and a high depth of field, making it especially suitable for tissue pathology in e.g. cancer treatment and research.

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. Our desire to apply our shared experience and expertise in making life better for all life is reflected in the work we do. We're growing fast, but based on a solid foundation of respect and values. 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

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 developing and manufacturing small well-designed high-precision electronic 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

Davide D'Incau

Sales Director

davide.dincau@grundium.com

Mikko Malmivaara

Marketing Director

mikko.malmivaara@grundium.com

Pasi Syvänen

Program Director

pasi.syvanen@grundium.com

Pavel Laitinen

Supply Chain Director

pavel.laitinen@grundium.com
Quotes
The Grundium team has always come through as helpful, reliable and very nice to work with.
— W. Scott Rombach
Specialist Direct, Inc. 
CEO

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See the OCUS® portable digital microscope scanner in action – request your free personal online live demo now. A Grundium expert will contact you personally to schedule a suitable 30-minute demo time for you. In the demo we will answer all your questions about which Ocus® scanner fits your needs best, we will talk pricing, share stories about how others are using the scanners, and help you fast forward the digital pathology experience in your lab.

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