CLIC Innovation aims to turn Finland into a global leader in bioeconomy and cleantech

The extraordinary general meetings of CLEEN Oy and Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC Oy have approved the merger of the companies. The new company, CLIC Innovation Oy, will start operating in September 2015.

30 June 2015

​The Board of Directors of CLIC Innovation Oy was formed on 25 June. Ilari Kallio from Wärtsilä was elected as Chairman of the Board, and Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen from Metsä Fibre was appointed Vice Chairman. The Board of Directors appointed Tommy Jacobson as CEO of CLIC. Christine Hagström-Näsi was elected as advisor to the Board with the responsibility of developing new, increasingly international networks and a more extensive funding base.

The merger of FIBIC and CLEEN is based on the desire by the Finnish industry and research community to speed up the creation of new scientific knowledge, to effectively process this knowledge into international business operations and that way increase the impact of Finnish research. At the same time, CLIC will focus on implementing the growth strategy of the Finnish Government Programme, which is based on bioeconomy, cleantech and digitalisation.

The merger will create a company whose activities will cover the whole R&D&I spectrum from basic research to demonstrations and commercialisation.
The current research programs of both CLEEN and FIBIC will be moved to the new company. The stronger framework created as a result of the merger will provide significantly improved opportunities to reach the targets of the programs. It will also enable more rapid and extensive utilisation of research results in international business operations.

‘We are now clearly creating something completely new: CLIC is an innovation company that is directly involved in the bioeconomy and cleantech investments of the Government Programme with a determined objective of global impact. CLIC will identify and bring together value chains and offer a wide range of novel services for the entire field of research, development and innovation,’ describes Chairman of CLIC’s Board of Directors Ilari Kallio from Wärtsilä.

‘This is something that will benefit everyone, and the network will strengthen our credibility and effectiveness. Finland has a genuine opportunity to become a forerunner in bioeconomy and cleantech.’

Non-profit-making CLIC Innovation Oy is owned by 30 companies and 17 universities and research institutes.

Further information:

Tommy Jacobson
CEO as of 1 September, CLIC Innovation Oy
telephone +358 40 828 2711
email: tommy.jacobson@cleen.fi

Ilari Kallio,
Chairman of the Board of Directors as of 1 September, CLIC Innovation Oy
telephone +358 400 70 50 50
email: ilari.kallio@wartsila.com

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