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September 2019

Odd Magne Solheim Appointed for Radonova’s Norway Expansion

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Radonova Laboratories has hired Odd Magne Solheim who will be responsible for the company’s expansion plans in Norway. Due to the appointment, Radonova will now have its own local presence in the Norwegian measurement and analysis of radon market. The investment in Norway is part of Radonova’s wider plans to enhance its international presence as many regions across the world become increasingly affected by stringent requirements for measuring radon in homes and workplaces.

Norway has recently adopted a national radon strategy which has led to a regulatory framework that will increase the need for radon measurement in housing and workplaces.

”At Radonova, we always strive to have local expertise in the countries we operate. With Magne as part of the team, we are now better positioned to increase our presence in Norway. Magne is an expert on issues related to radon and radon measurement. He will play an important role in allowing us to offer improved and additional services to both new and existing customers in the region”, comments Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Laboratories.

”Knowledge of the dangers of radon has recently increased in Norway. The Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) has been proactively distributing information to the public to ensure more people are aware of the harmful effects of radon. This has consequently led to more radon measurements in the country. As the world’s leading radon laboratory, Radonova is ideally positioned to play an active role in providing radon measurement technologies to businesses and individuals to mitigate the dangers of radon exposure”, comments Odd Magne Solheim.

“I have worked in collaboration with Radonova for many years and know that they have a very high level of expertise and can offer the fastest delivery and analysis times on the market. They also have a corporate culture that I like. I really look forward to being responsible for the company’s development and operations in Norway”, Magne concludes.

Odd Magne Solheim has 20 years of experience in radon measurement, consulting and product development, which included working at the Norwegian Building Research Institute. Magne is a trained engineer with a focus on ventilation and indoor climate.

Radonova’s Norwegian office is located in Brandbu in Hadeland, which is about an hour’s drive north of Oslo.

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For more information contact Karl Nilsson, CEO Radonova Laboratories AB
Phone: 070-639 01 31, Email: karl.nilsson@radonova.com

Odd Magne Solheim Appointed for Radonova's Norway Expansion

AARST 2019 – Radon Community Gathers in Denver for Annual Symposium

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Last week the 33rd Annual 2019 International Radon Symposium and Trade Show (AARST) was hosted by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians (AARST) in downtown Denver, CO.? Members of the Radonova team from both sides of the pond were in attendance, exhibiting in the sold-out vendor hall.? The symposium is the largest of its kind and is attended by hundreds of radon professionals including scientists, regulators and companies from across the United States, as well as participants from Canada, Europe, and Asia.

There were over 70 guest speakers including the keynote speech from Dr. Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S. Dean and Professor of the Colorado School of Public Health, who provided an insightful look back at the history of radon and its role in our environment and workplaces. During the talk Dr Samet highlighted the many controversies which have occurred across radon’s history, some of which are now resolved as the scientific foundation for radon control becomes more certain. The presentation ended with a look forward to the future of controlling radon’s risks. Another presentation of note was delivered by featured speaker Sara Jensen from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who provided an update on its radon policies for multifamily financing.

Naturally, the tradition of the AARST social “Night-Out” continued on, with attendees joining for a fun evening of food and drink, networking, and sport at the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver’s original craft brewery which was founded in 1988. During the evening conference goers challenged each other to games of pool, foosball, and shuffleboard.

Denver was a fantastic location, the symposium was well organized, and we left the 33rd annual meeting feeling motivated and energized to meet the challenges ahead of us, which is to provide as many quality measurement results as possible, and empower people to take action to minimize unnecessary exposure to the harmful effects of this known carcinogen, radon gas.

Let’s hope by the time we attend the 2020 Symposium more technological and legislative advances have been made to combat the issue of radon exposure

AARST 2019 - Radon Community Gathers in Denver for Annual Symposium

Radonova Signs Danish Partner Agreement with RadonHuset

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Radonova Laboratories has signed a partnership agreement with Denmark’s leading radon measurement company, RadonHuset, which will enable Radonova to deliver radon detectors to RadonHuset’s customers. Under the agreement, RadonHuset becomes Radonova’s offical representative in Denmark. Therefore, RadonHuset will now become a return hub for all radon detectors and will provide support to Radonova’s Danish customers.

Increased focus on radon

In Demark, the demand for radon measurement has substantially grown over the past few years. Initially this growth was primarily driven by measurements in private houses. However, there is now a strong demand for radon measurements from municipalities that want to carry out measurements in schools and public premises. As a country, Denmark strives to be “greener” which is highlighted by governmental legislation, consequently there is increased dialogue on the dangers of radon exposure which is leading to an even greater demand for radon measurements.

Bjarke Jacobsen, CEO of RadonHuset said: “The majority of Danish households have not conducted any radon measurement. However, several large foundations, authorities and the Building Research Institute (SBi) are actively focussing more on radon related issues as it becomes a higher priority across the country. We are convinced that radon measurements will become more frequent in Denmark, which necessitates the need for a qualified partner who can deliver high quality and fast radon analysis.”

“By combining RadonHuset’s local knowledge and sales channels with Radonova’s technical excellence, we become a very strong team. Radonova has already shown that they are at the forefront of radon measurements and we look forward to a close and successful collaboration,” Bjarke Jacobsen continues.

Radonova Laboratories CEO Karl Nilsson said: “The market for radon measurements is international. By signing an agreement with RadonHuset, we continue to expand our global presence at a time when the demand for reliable radon measurements increases. Although the Danish market is relatively small, for us it is strategically important and we foresee considerable growth opportunities. RadonHuset is a highly qualified and well-established local partner that matches and complements our own offering in radon measurement.”

Besides Denmark, Radonova Laboratories has local partners in Finland, Norway, Poland, Germany, England, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, France, Spain and Portugal.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that leaks from the ground and in some cases comes from building materials. Depending on the ground beneath the house and the type of building construction, harmful high concentrations of radon can occur. Radon is a health risk that, after smoking, is the most common cause of lung cancer. Globally, an estimated 230 000 people are affected each year by lung cancer as a result of long-term exposure to radon.

RadonHuset’s head office is in Glostrup. For more information visit www.radonhuset.dk.

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For more information about Radonova’s portfolio of cutting edge solutions contact Karl Nilsson, CEO Radonova Laboratories AB, phone: 070-639 01 31, email: karl.nilsson@radonova.com

Radonova Signs Danish Partner Agreement with RadonHuset

Radonova and Durridge partnership brings RAD7 radon and thoron detector closer to European customers

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Radonova Laboratories and Durridge have signed a reseller agreement where Radonova will make the Durridge RAD7 radon and thoron detector available to the European market. So far over 5 000 units of RAD7 have been sold in six continents and the instrument has become a standard in the global scientific community, including mentions in over 2 500 research papers.

Carlos Bielicki, Chief Commercial Officer at Durridge, said: “The partnership with Radonova is a key part of our global strategy and we are confident that Radonova’s excellent reputation, knowledge and sales team will significantly increase Durridge’s exposure on the European market. Customers that need a radon and thoron instrument for any application can rest assured that the RAD7 delivers unparalleled measurement performance at a cost-effective price.”

Karl Nilsson, CEO at Radonova Laboratories, said: “Durridge RAD7 is an excellent complement to our own radon sniffer ATMOS. RAD7 is built on a different technology and makes it possible to detect both thoron and radon gas. From that aspect and based on RAD7´s track record this is a very important agreement which makes our portfolio of instruments even stronger.”

Dag Sedin, Senior Advisor at Radonova Laboratories, comments: “The capacity to measure both thoron and radon gas is especially important in some applications. Thoron gas has a half-life of one minute where RAD7 allows measurements detecting if the source has direct contact with the earth air which many times is the source of radon as well. My experience is that RAD7 is a very reliable and useful instrument. For instance, it is a very effective tool when measuring radon levels where ventilation varies over time. The instrument also comes with a number of accessories for measurement in water and soil.”

The RAD7 is used in a variety of applications in North America, a prevalent use is for geologists to measure radon as an environmental tracer for groundwater-surface water interactions. For these projects, RAD7 is used together with RAD H2O or RAD AQUA, both accessories for measuring radon in water.

For more information, please contact:

Karl Nilsson, CEO, Radonova Laboratories Phone: +46 (0)70-639 01 31, E-mail: karl.nilsson@radonova.com

Carlos Bielicki, Chief Commercial Officer, Durridge Phone: +1 978 239 0325, E-mail: carlos@durridge.com

radonova and durridge partnership RAD7

The Global Leader in Radon Measurements Kicks Off Another Year in Northern Spain

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As our global team descended on the Northern coast of Spain for our annual kick off meeting, it was a good time to reflect on what has been an outstanding last twelve months for Radonova…

During that time we have completed a number of key technical acquisitions to broaden our portfolio of radon measurement technologies, recruited experienced personnel to meet the growing demand for home and work radon measurements (in just one week in May we analysed 30,000 detectors, a record for the company), scaled up our operations to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry and expanded our footprint across Europe by offering our services to new markets. All in all, it has been quite a year as we continue to spread the word of why measuring radon is so important to everybody’s health.

Over the few days we spent together in Santander, one key highlight was seeing how our whole team embraced the purpose of our business. Through the use of state-of-the-art technology we are committed to decreasing the number of lung cancer fatalities caused by radon exposure.

As part of an educational and fact-finding mission, the team visited the Facultad de Medicina and group Laruc which is headed up by Professor Luis S. Quindos. Professor Quindos is a radon measurement pioneer in Spain and one of the founders of the European Radon Association (ERA). Recently he was chosen to head-up a working group on radon within the Spanish Society of Radiological Protection. The Radonova team benefitted from a guided tour of the laboratory of natural radioactivity and learned more about the specific issues Spain faces in terms of radon levels and exposure.

But as you can see from the photo it wasn’t all about work, and we certainly enjoyed the beautiful coastline of Northern Spain and the culinary delights that this region has to offer. At Radonova it is our belief that our employees and their dedication to our mission are paramount to being a strong and reliable laboratory partner. To that end, team building exercises such as those at our annual Kick Off are an integral part of developing and strengthening our organization, and help position us to be a best in class service provider to our valued clients.

Radonova, Kickoff 2019