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Magazine puts focus on materials research

Aalto University Magazine 16 examines a key research area that focuses on materials and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Aalto University Magazine 16 cover.

Materials have been researched from many perspectives by Aalto scientists for quite some time and a broad group of researchers and professors work in this field. There are also significant business opportunities here.

This issue's main articles showcase three companies that have emerged from our University: bone-lengthening treatment developer Synoste as well as the nanotech companies Canatu and Picosun.

Canatu founder, Professor Esko Kauppinen reminds us that it takes a lot of time before a laboratory discovery is ready from the store shelf. For him and his colleagues, it took ten years of intensive research, and a smattering of good luck was also needed.

In Avauksia (Openings), President Tuula Teeri notes that Aalto's strategy has produced results: “University rankings and our success in applying for the most contested funding demonstrate that our international standing has strengthened rapidly. We've managed to develop solutions for the challenges of a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Studies show that the ecosystem, which has sprung up around Aalto, produces half of all university-rooted new companies in Finland.”

The alumnus interview Who hears from Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the boards of directors at F-Secure and Nokia, who says he will always be an entrepreneur: “For me, entrepreneurship is first and foremost a way to be responsible; it's about not shying away from problems and letting others sort them out.”

Pick up a copy of Aalto University Magazine on campus. An electronic facsimile is available on issuu.com and English-language translations of some articles are posted on aalto.fi/magazine.

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