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CERN is publicly funded by its 23 Member States and Associate Member States. Find out below about how this investment creates a positive impact on society.

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Sharing software and codes in big data environments is a challenge. To do this efficiently researchers at CERN have developed a system called CernVM-FS, for CERN Virtual Machine File System, which is currently used in high-energy physics experiments to distribute about 350 million files.
CERN-MEDICIS (Medical Isotopes Collected from ISOLDE) is a unique facility designed to produce unconventional radioisotopes with the right properties to enhance the precision of both patient imaging and treatment.
The National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) in Pavia, Italy, is a facility offering advanced therapy to fight cancer and one of only five centres in the world treating with both protons and carbon ions.
CERN software used for applied research in pharmaceuticals, IT networks analytics, neurology and mapping the educational space.
How can you tell the difference between a masterpiece and a masterful forgery? A project between CERN and INFN is expected to open up new possibilities to answer this question.
The CERN group of the Crystal Clear Collaboration is developing new fast detector prototypes for use in both high-energy physics experiments and medical imaging.
The CYCLADS project aims to design an innovative High Power Cyclotron as part of Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS), for novel nuclear waste management applications.
The CERN openlab project BioDynaMo aims to establish a high-performance, general-purpose platform, through which life scientists can easily create, run, and visualise three-dimensional biological simulations.
MAGICS Instruments receives license for CERN developed DC/DC converter chip.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

The next generation of large particle physics experiments | Innovation News Network

(English) The AIDA-2020 Proof-of-Concept fund was set up to support development projects with the...

CERN spin-off PlanetWatch completes seed round fund | PRWeb

(English) PlanetWatch completes seed round to further real-time air quality monitoring on Algorand.

COVID-19: the Milan Mechanical Ventilator (MVM) project is certified by FDA | INFN

(Italy / Italian) Il Milano Ventilatore Meccanico (MVM), l’innovativo dispositivo per la...

Cost-effective proton therapy | Healthcare in London: Third Edition

(United Kingdom / English) Current proton therapy systems, where protons are accelerated in a...

The Director General of CERN Fabiola Gianotti talks about the fight against the pandemic | La 7

(Italy / Italian) The Director General of CERN Fabiola Gianotti talks about the fight against the...

Physicists design simplified ventilator | University of Massachusetts Amherst

(English) Physicists in Italy, Canada and U.S. design simplified ventilator adaptable to local...

Antimatter Physicists Designed a Ventilator for Coronavirus Patients | VICE

(English) Particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider are joining the fight against Covid-19...

CERN Creating 'Stripped-down' Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients | Newsweek

(United States / English) Known as the High Energy Ventilator, or HEV, the device could be used to...

CERN physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator |

(English) Physics experts are working at Europe's CERN lab to create a basic ventilator for mild...