They met by chance at one of Sweden’s largest dairies, Lars-Ove Sjaunja a statistics prodigy, and Tony Malmström a telecoms engineer on a field trip. Lars-Ove was there to work on milk analysis and the idea of technology from the telecoms industry improving milk analysis intrigued Tony immensely.
Sparked by the newfound friendship and their common love for science the founded Miris and started working on the first prototype of the analyzer in Tony’s garage.
As the collaboration progressed they soon discovered how their different backgrounds complemented each other. The fusion between Tony, who wasn’t burdened by conventional thinking, and Lars-Ove’s experience and knowledge of the potential pitfalls, created a stabile yet highly innovate environment.
The common belief at the time was that mid-infrared couldn’t be used to measure liquids, a truth they simply ignored. Instead they applied advanced mathematics and signal processing, and overcame some fundamental obstacles.
This major leap forward in development was the first step towards what we today call Miris Human Milk Analyzer (Miris HMA).
They knew that the system would have to be: portable, reliable, easy to use and preferably free of moving parts. By combining stable mid-infrared analysis with detection systems that were designed for completely different applications, they had develop a novel product on the market that could provide reliable milk analysis anywhere in the world.
It didn’t take long before the first major deal with an Indian milk collection center was closed. It was a challenging enterprise with great distances and rural conditions that put Miris as a company to the test. It became a great success and a lot of experience was gained from that and together with the following customer cases helped building the Miris we know and love today.
In the 1990’s, Lars-Ove Sjaunja collaborated with Dr. Staffan Polberger, to develop a method to determine the fat, protein and carbohydrate content in human milk. This collaboration was imperative for Dr. Polberger who had a vision to optimise nutrition for preterm babies.
In 2002 Dr. Polberger started his research on his newly acquired Miris system, and at a neonatal conference in Toronto in 2008, he presented the results. The findings confirmed the value of individualized nutrition for preterm babies.
With this new knowledge at hand Miris started to develop a completely new instrument, designed to meet the specific needs of the clinic, and the goal to make individualised nutrition programs possible as part of a clinical routine.
Today, Miris HMA is in routine use in 25 countries, providing sound information for individualising nutrition to give neonatal babies the best possible start in life.
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