Nordstjernan acquires Finnish diagnostics company Aidian

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Nordstjernan has signed an agreement to acquire the Finnish in-vitro diagnostics company Aidian from funds that are managed by the Nordic private equity firm Axcel. Aidian is a leading global player in the growing market for point-of-care diagnostics. The company develops, manufactures and sells instruments and tests that are used in such fields as primary care to provide quick and accurate test results. Aidian’s offering of tests addresses several global health problems such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), diabetes and colorectal cancer. Aidian has tests that are intended to reduce unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics, which is a driver behind the growing threat from AMR and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Aidian was established in 1974 as a subsidiary of Orion, a Finnish pharmaceuticals company. In addition to its headquarters in Espoo, Finland, Aidian has a local presence in another twelve countries and a global presence via distributors in over 60 export markets. The company has over 250 employees and reported sales of approximately EUR 100 million in 2021.

“We are very pleased to have been able to make this investment. Aidian has a strong product offering as well as a leading position in the global market for point-of-care diagnostics, and the company’s instruments and tests help to address several global health challenges. We are impressed by the work that Axcel has done to establish Aidian as a leading player in the field of point-of-care diagnostics and we look forward to continuing to develop Aidian and supporting the company and its management over the long-term in its important efforts concerning many central health issues,” says Nordstjernan’s CEO Peter Hofvenstam.

“We now very much look forward to joining Nordstjernan, an organization well known for its professional and long-term development of businesses within healthcare and other industries,” says Aidian’s CEO Juho Himberg.

Nordstjernan has worked for some time to expand its investment focus in the healthcare sector, which after the acquisition of Aidian will consist of five holdings that represent over 25 per cent of Nordstjernan’s net asset value.

Completion of the transaction is expected in Q1 2022.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the conditions of the transaction.

Peter Hofvenstam
President and CEO
Nordstjernan AB

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Nordstjernan is a family-controlled investment company whose business concept is to be an active owner that creates long-term value growth. More information about Nordstjernan can be found on

Aidian is a Finnish company in the field of in-vitro diagnostics. Aidian is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and has global sales via a local presence and distributors. More information on Aidian can be found at



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