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26.08

Karsa presenting in Göteborg and Espoo

A busy week for Karsa: We are presenting at the Nordic Mass Spectrometry Conference in Espoo near Helsinki, Finland August 26-28, 2019. H.J. Jost is on site to answer your questions about chemical threat detection. The same week, Nina Sarnela will present a talk entitled "First Results of Multi-Scheme Chemical Ionization Inlet Measurements in Boreal Forest" on Friday August 30, 2019 at 9:40 at the European Aerosol Conference.

06.06

Karsa is hiring

Karsa is hiring! We are always looking for talent: send your resume to careers at karsa.fi. Are you interested in experiencing Helsinki, startup life, and security applications of ultra-sensitive chemical detection methods originally developed for atmospheric research? Check out our current openings on LinkedIn.

09.05

Karsa at Bosch Connected World in Berlin

At Slush 2018, Karsa won the Bosch Pitching Challenge "Safety & Security in Smart Cities" and has been invited to exhibit in the startup area of Bosch Connected World from May 15-16 in Berlin, Germany. Our CFO Aleksei Shcherbinin will present Karsa's vision for Smart City Security. Please stop by our booth STM1 and say hi! Contact us karsa@karsa.fi for your chance to win a ticket to BCW2019

29.04

Press Release: Karsa Oy joins European Organisation for Security (EOS)

Joining the Association Provides Karsa Oy with Increased Visibility to European Stakeholders and Opportunities to Collaborate with Key Institutions 

HELSINKI – April 29, 2019 – Karsa Oy, developer and manufacturer of chemical threat detectors for security applications, has joined the European Organisation for Security (EOS), the voice of the European security industry and research community.  

“EOS offers Karsa Oy a seat at the table where future security policies are developed,” said H.J. Jost, co-founder and chief executive officer of Karsa Oy. “Karsa will actively participate in the Security Screening and Detection Technologies Working Group by providing its talent and expertise to help shape the future of explosives vapour detection. Karsa’s broader mission of chemical threat detection is well aligned with EOS goal to keep European citizens, infrastructures and economies secure from evolving threats.”

Karsa Oy is developing explosives detection equipment with high sensitivity and specificity to provide dramatically increased explosives detection capabilities at lower costs than current technologies. Bringing this technology to the global market place is expected to transform the security industry with options that will raise the level of security in markets including civil aviation, beginning with air cargo screening. Karsa’s technology also has application for customs and border protection as well as emergency management.  

“We are pleased to have Karsa Oy join EOS” said  Paolo Venturoni, EOS CEO, “Our members are dedicated to finding economical but effective solutions to CBRNE threats worldwide through superior detection technology. “ 

Karsa Oy was founded in 2016 by a team of sampling and detection experts from the University of Helsinki, international industry partners and Lifeline Ventures, the leading venture capital investor in Finland, and with the support of Business Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. 

25.04

Karsa reaches important funding milestone in investment deal with Springvest

The additional funding will accelerate the product development and speed up market entry

HELSINKI – April 25, 2019 – Karsa Oy, developer and manufacturer of chemical threat detectors for security applications, has reached the minimum level during a funding round by investment house Springvest Oy.

“Karsa has been looking for ways to accelerate the development of the ScentHound product including the sophisticated software.” said H. J. Jost, co-founder and CEO of Karsa Oy. “While an organic growth scenario was feasible, the team felt strongly that speeding up the market readiness was warranted, given the positive results from different tests of the ScentHound.”

Karsa Oy started working with Springvest Oy in January 2019 and by April 8, 2019 the funding round was live with a target of 1.1-2.1M€ to be raised. Yesterday, the minimum was reached, and the round is progressing rapidly (see below for live update). The funding will enable Karsa to accelerate the productization of the ScentHound and to prepare the international launch activities.

Karsa Oy is developing explosives detection equipment with high sensitivity and specificity to provide dramatically increased explosives detection capabilities at lower costs than current technologies. Bringing this technology to the global market place is expected to transform the security industry with options that will raise the level of security in markets including civil aviation, beginning with air cargo screening. Karsa’s technology also has application for customs and border protection as well as emergency management.  

Karsa Oy was founded in 2016 by a team of sampling and detection experts from the University of Helsinki, international industry partners and Lifeline Ventures, the leading venture capital investor in Finland, and with the support of Business Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Below you can find a live update on the progress.

09.01

Press Release: Karsa Oy Secures Aviation Security Expert, Mark Laustra, for Its Board of Directors

Karsa Oy Secures Aviation Security Expert, Mark Laustra, for Its Board of Directors 

The Addition of Laustra to the Board of Directors Further Strengthens the Position of Karsa Oy, Bringing a Heightened Level of Expertise to Its Board

HELSINKI – January 9, 2019 – Karsa Oy, commercialising chemical ionisation(CI) technology originally developed at the University of Helsinki for security applications, today announced the addition of aviation industry expert, Mark Laustra, to its board of directors. Laustra is venerated as an authority in the space with more than 25 years of experience heading development and strategy for leading companies like Smiths Detection, Astrophysics, and most recently Analogic where Laustra was instrumental in building a U.S. domestic and international market for checkpoint CT technology to make airline passengers safer than ever before.

“The addition of Mark Laustra to our board of directors represents a significant advantage for Karsa Oy as we develop and launch our products into the civil aviation security market,” said H.J. Jost, co-founder and chief executive officer of Karsa Oy. “Mark will be a guiding force, helping direct our product launches and strengthening our position in North America with his background in building the marketplace for aviation security technology in the U.S., and we are thrilled to announce that this industry insider is joining our board of directors.”

Karsa Oy is developing explosives detection equipment with high sensitivity and specificity to provide dramatically increased explosives detection capabilities at lower costs than current technologies. Bringing this technology to the global market place is expected to transform the security industry with options that will raise the level of security in markets including civil aviation, beginning with air cargo screening. Karsa Oy technology has application for customs and border protection as well as emergency management.

“I am pleased for the opportunity to work with Karsa Oy as it brings new, revolutionary technology to the civil aviation space,” said Laustra. “My career has been focused on bringing technologies to market that secure environments and help keep people safe, and I hope to contribute to that goal with this appointment.”

For more information about Karsa Oy and its technologies, please visit www.karsa.fi.

About Karsa Oy

Using technology originally pioneered for ultrasensitive atmospheric trace gas measurements, Karsa is developing explosives detection equipment with very high sensitivity and specificity which will revolutionise the security processes in civil aviation, being more reliable and cost efficient than current approaches. Karsa’s ScentHound platform uses a proprietary version of Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry and will be initially targeting air cargo screening for explosives. Karsa envisions to deploy its ultrasensitive chemical threat detection technology into all areas of homeland security, including civil aviation, customs and border patrol, and emergency management. Karsa Oy was founded in 2016 by a team of sampling and detection experts from the University of Helsinki, international industry partners and Lifeline Ventures, the leading venture capital investor in Finland, and with the support of the Business Finland, the Finnish Agency for Innovation. For more information, please visit www.karsa.fi.

Contact:
H.J. Jost, CEO, Karsa Oy
hj.jost@karsa.fi

14.09

Press release : Karsa Wins Prestigious Technology Incubation Competition

Helsinki, Finland. – September 14, 2018– Karsa Oy (“Karsa”), a Finnish technology firm, announced today it has won the Cargo Challenge Experience, a technology competition sponsored by Bedek Commercial Aviation, a division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Karsa will join Bedek’s HANGAR innovation accelerator lab and receive technical and commercial assistance to introduce Karsa’s ScentHound explosives and contraband detection platform to the global air cargo screening market.

Karsa’s ScentHound platform uses a proprietary version of Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry.  Originally developed for atmospheric research, the technology is far more sensitive than other methods or technologies such as Ion Mobility detection, making it a more cost-effective explosives and contraband detection solution than other products.

“We are honored HANGAR and IAI have given us the opportunity to help air cargo companies improve security and reduce costs,” said Karsa CEO and co-founder H.J. Jost. “ScentHound accurately detects and identifies explosives and narcotics in cargo containers, without swab samples or opening cargo containers, packages or bags.  Combined with a lower false alarm rate than other technologies, ScentHound is ideal for important security screening applications.”

“Participating at HANGAR's program for 2018, will allow BEDEK and IAI to add value to customers, both airlines, air cargo shipping companies and enterprises to shorten lead-time at airports, reducing TAT (Turn Around Time) significantly,” says Zviya Baron, the director of HANGAR.

Karsa is preparing to certify the ScentHound platform to the forthcoming European Civil Aviation Commission (ECAC) Explosives Vapour Detection Standard.  The company believes by screening air cargo faster, it could save the European air cargo industry approximately €150 million per year, while improving security.

Karsa was one of only three firms chosen by Bedek, and the only non-Israeli firm selected.  Bedek’s HANGAR innovation laboratory is one of the few accelerators in its field, and the only one in Israel. IAI will make its premises available to allow its physical infrastructures and test aircraft worth tens of million dollars to be used. In addition, it will help in licensing of Karsa’s technology with the Civil Aviation Authority, accessing a fleet of international customers and more.

About Karsa Oy

Karsa Oy was founded in 2016 by a team of sampling and detection experts from the University of Helsinki, and with the support of the TEKES, the Finnish Agency for Innovation. For more information, please contact H.J. Jost, CEO, Karsa Oy at hj.jost@karsa.fi or visit www.karsa.fi.

Israel Aerospace Industries

IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide.  IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations. IAI is Israel's leading Aerospace company, with an annoual revenue of $4Bl.

26.11

Karsa at Slush 2018

Karsa will be at Slush 2018! Please come by our booth D.14 on Wednesday, Dec 5. We look forward to seeing you there and tell you more about detecting threats in all areas of homeland security and specifically civil aviation.

 

25.10

Defence and Security Accelerator Event in London

CPO Aleksei Shcherbinin presented Karsa's project funded by the UK Defence and Security Accelerator at the demo day in London. A nice write up of the event was recently published in  Airport Technology. Karsa was selected in the Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items competition.

12.07

Karsa pitching at Israeli Startup competition

H.J. Jost on stage presenting Karsa in Tel Aviv.

Karsa was presenting at the Security, Defence and Homeland Security Startup Competition on July 11, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was an exciting event and interesting opportunity to meet Israeli players in the domain. You win some, you loose some.

 

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