Improving the planetary conditions for life

We are a team of multidisciplinary experts – bound and determined with the same purpose to improve the planetary conditions for life.

Biocode was born from our founders, the Association of ProAgria Centres‘ and Mtech Digital Solutions’, desire to seek solutions to decarbonise food production, which is crucial if we are to reverse global heating.

Our roots are in Finland, in the land of “sisu” and innovations. Producing food in harsh climate conditions near the Arctic circle has required sisu – persistent determination and courage in face of significant challenges. Attaining a sustainable food system, led by digital transformation and technological development, has always been perceived as a collective task here in the North, to which the entire food chain needs to participate. This legacy defines us to this day.

Tackling the climate crisis is in everyone’s interest, but starting off with climate smart actions can be somewhat challenging. We believe that reducing the climate impacts of food is only possible by providing reliable data, fact-based knowledge, and tangible tools that lead to action. However, we noticed that data and accurate knowledge on the climate impact of food items is still poor or non-existent preventing performance improvements by actors in the food chain.​ We also found that the climate impact of food has thus far been assessed mainly on a one-off and project basis, which can become time-consuming and costly for food producers. Our perception is that discovering the climate impact of food products should be made easy and accessible to everyone with the lowest threshold possible.

To solve this challenge, we created Biocode Impact, an online service to support food companies of all sizes to become climate smart brands. The tool helps food companies to discover and reduce the climate impact of their products and to communicate these impacts to stakeholders in an understandable fashion. We don’t think you need to be a life cycle assessment expert to understand your products’ climate impacts. Nor should the process overconsume companies’ resources and require major financial investments. Hence Biocode Impact, a tool for food producers to get science-based information on the climate impact of their products cost-effectively.

Biocode exists to boost the transition to climate smart food production and consumption. We support food brands on their journey to carbon neutrality, and in the process, we create value for the entire food value chain. Principles of openness and transparency guide us. We believe that the most thriving businesses today and in the future are ones that generate shared value and contribute to solving global sustainability challenges.

Want to join the journey for decarbonising food production?

Biocode's CEO Ernesto Hartikainen and Lead Developmer Aki Jalkanen

Our values are the fundamental cornerstones of everything we do at Biocode. They form our company culture and guide our day-to-day operations. Our values are reflected in the services we provide, how we serve and create value for our customers, and how we interact with the world around us.

Brave

We believe truth is a change-maker, especially when it's uncomfortable or feels unreasonable. We use facts to show the path to a carbon-neutral world. We strive to share our vision with a strong spirit and stay brave to challenge the status quo.

Diligent

In order to be the change, we are thoroughly diligent - in every detail, in every effort. Our standards and sense of duty are always higher than expected. To create an impact, we work out the science and perform with intense concentration.

Inclusive

We are a community that helps and encourages, one that is defined by kindness and care. We are approachable and compassionate. We believe in diversity as an integral part of creating a thriving and sustainable, future-proof business.

Pragmatic

We base our story on science and show how it can direct action. We are proud of our fact-based knowledge and analytical approach, and we are sharing them truthfully. We get our kicks from pragmatic, simple solutions and even the smallest steps if they take us in the right direction.
We believe truth is a change-maker, especially when it's uncomfortable or feels unreasonable. We use facts to show the path to a carbon-neutral world. We strive to share our vision with a strong spirit and stay brave to challenge the status quo.
In order to be the change, we are thoroughly diligent - in every detail, in every effort. Our standards and sense of duty are always higher than expected. To create an impact, we work out the science and perform with intense concentration.
We are a community that helps and encourages, one that is defined by kindness and care. We are approachable and compassionate. We believe in diversity as an integral part of creating a thriving and sustainable, future-proof business.
We base our story on science and show how it can direct action. We are proud of our fact-based knowledge and analytical approach, and we are sharing them truthfully. We get our kicks from pragmatic, simple solutions and even the smallest steps if they take us in the right direction.

Meet the team

Ernesto Hartikainen

CEO — M.Sc. (Tech), M.Sc. (Econ)

Ernesto has extensive experience in bio and circular economy and climate solutions. Previously he has lead Sitra’s Climate Solutions focus area and worked on carbon-neutral circular economy. He has also been an entrepreneur and a management consultant, as well as worked in the forest and energy industries.

Joni Rajanen

CTO — M.Sc. (Tech)​

Joni has a long experience in software design and development. Previously he has been a software architect at Reaktor. He has in-depth expertise in modern technologies of online services having built numerous client applications internationally.

Linda Staffans

Lead developer — M.Sc. (Tech)​

Linda is an experienced full-stack developer and has created numerous digital tools for calculating the climate impact of agricultural production for leading Finnish food companies. She also possesses special expertise in biology.

Aki ​Jalkanen

Lead developer — B.Sc. (Tech)​

Aki is an experienced full-stack developer and has created numerous digital tools for calculating the climate impact of agricultural production for Biocode’s clients. He has special expertise in building data integrations.

Jasmin Järvinen

Marketing & Communications — M.Sc. (Sustainability)​

Jasmin is a sustainability and corporate responsibility expert with skills in digital communications and in-depth knowledge of sustainable food and climate-related issues. She possesses previous experience from startups, food and packaging industry and has worked amongst environmental issues in the private, public, and third sectors.

Joonas Sandell​​

UI/UX Designer, Front-end developer

Joonas is a creative designer and autodidact frond-end developer with more than ten years of experience in diverse user interface projects. Before Biocode he used to work for a software company called Mediasignal, where he developed various web-based solutions for over six years.

Elina Lehikoinen

Manager, Impact Assessment — D.Sc. (Tech)

Elina is a Doctor of Science (Tech.) from the field of water and environmental engineering at Aalto University. Elina’s doctoral dissertation focused on the sustainable use of natural resources in food production and additionally, she has diverse project management experience from field to academia.

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