FIA (originally called Fluid Innovation & Automation) was founded in 1987, in the Ideon Incubator (Lund), as a start-up specialising in the development of customised apparatus and instrument design.
A selection of key events and products is presented below.
1990 – 1999
- Mobile liquid dispensing equipment was developed and became the main product during this period.
- In 1995, FIA acquired the domain www.fia.se.
- Manufacturing of robot modules for Astra’s (now AstraZeneca) robots for Turbuhaler analysis.
- Resale of Alitea’s laboratory products.
- Development of an instrument for the testing of drug release from chewing gum together with Pharmacia (Nicorette): a new masticatory apparatus was developed, followed by an apparatus for the content analysis of nicotine in chewing gum.
- In 1997 AB FIA Odarslövs Mölla was formed with four employees. Fluid Innovation & Automation would continue to exist as a consultancy company.
- Automated weighing of chemical salt dissolution and dilution recipes – BufPrep.
- 1999 AB FIA relocated from Östra Odarslövs Mölla (a mill, soon to be integrated in the Science Village of MAX-lab and ESS!) to the premises at Öresundsvägen in Lund.
2000 – 2009
- Automated foreign particle analysis of dry powder inhalers (three systems have been built to date).
- Labelling system of vials, automated filling and sealing of cans for reagents and drugs.
- 2003 FIA relocated to Södra Sandby.
- Agreement with Erweka GmbH for them to distribute the masticatory apparatus world-wide.
- Export of masticatory apparatuses to Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and the US.
- A pressure-controlled masticatory apparatus with torque measurement was developed in collaboration with our customers.
- FIA and IH Konsult developed a tobacco cutter for chewing tobacco for Multivac and Swedish Match.
- FIA took over the agencies of G Diehm Glasbläserei GmbH, Gebr Rettberg GmbH and Bohlender GmbH.
2010 and Onwards
- Founding of Prototypverkstaden, a machine shop in Lund at Medicon Village specialising in prototyping and manufacturing.
- Continued sales of masticatory apparatus, glassware, dispensers and prototypes.
- Breathing Profile Generator built for Emmace, member of Medicon Valley Inhalation Consortium, capable of replaying complex breathing pattern.
- Several fully automated bespoke systems built for a major pharma company. The systems are used for screening as well as pharmacopoeial testing of dry powder inhalers within R&D and production quality control. Systems for inhaler testing now constitute a significant portion of the business.