That’s what drove the founders of Miris
They met by chance at one of Sweden’s largest dairies. Lars-Ove Sjaunja, a statistics prodigy, was working on milk analysis, and Tony Malmström was a telecoms engineer on a field trip. Tony was intrigued by the idea that technology from the telecoms industry might improve milk analysis. Together they founded Miris, and started work on the first prototype analyser in Tony’s garage.
Try something different
Working together, they discovered that they had two distinct and complementary points of view. Tony was not burdened by conventional thinking, and Lars-Ove understood the potential pitfalls. At engineering school, they had been taught that mid-infrared can’t be used to measure liquids. They ignored that and, by applying advanced mathematics and signal processing, overcame some fundamental obstacles.
By rethinking the cumbersome technologies of the day, they could provide reliable milk analysis anywhere in the world. The instrument would have to be portable and stable, easy to use, and preferably free of moving parts. They combined stable mid-infrared analysis with detection systems that were designed for a completely different application.
Their first major deal was milk analysis at Indian milk collection centres. Great distances and rural conditions put Miris to the test. It succeeded well, and set the groundwork for a truly robust analysis.
Into the clinic
In the 1990’s, Lars-Ove Sjaunja collaborated with Dr. Staffan Polberger, a clinician with a vision to optimise nutrition for preterm babies. Lars-Ove developed a method to determine the fat, protein and carbohydrate content in human milk. Dr. Polberger invested in a Miris system in 2002. At a neonatal conference in Toronto in 2008, Dr. Polberger presented the results. His findings confirmed the value of individualised nutrition for preterm babies. Miris was the right approach at the right time, because it made individualised nutrition programmes possible as part of clinical routine.
One of the guiding principles at Miris is that analysis must be based on solid science. So a completely new instrument was designed to meet the specific needs of the clinic. Today, Miris is in routine use in 55 countries, providing sound information for optimising preterm nutrition.
With growing global production of milk products, it’s more important than ever to stay vigilant on quality. Miris has a valuable role to play in both the clinic and in industry.
Camilla Myhre Sandberg, CEO