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The collaboration agreement between CERN and ESA, signed in July 2019, addresses the challenge of operating in harsh radiation environments found in both particle-physics facilities and outer space.
FastIC project catching the attention of the Medical Imaging industry.
A team of experts from CERN shared their expertise on machine learning with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business unit of Sanofi, a global life sciences company.
In March 2020, a working group was established by CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti as a response to the wealth of ideas and proposals put forward by the CERN community in contribution to the global fight against COVID-19
2019 saw the official launch of the Next Ion Medical Machine Study (NIMMS), an umbrella R&D programme for – both existing and new – CERN accelerator technologies linked to heavy-ion therapy.
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 initial collaboration has now become an international initiative called Circular Health, looking at both technical and data governance aspects.
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.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

De­tec­tor mea­sures cos­mic ra­di­a­tion on the Zugspitze | DLR German Aerospace Center

(Germany / English) Timepix3 was developed to detect elementary particles at CERN. It was then...

What measures can be taken to reduce the spread of aerosols in schools? | RTS

(Switzerland / French) This question is answered by a team of researchers from the Institute of...

Robotic computed tomography – removing NDT barriers for composites| CompositesWorld

(United States / English) Radalytica uses collaborative robots, ultra-sensitive X-ray photon...

A look back at the very first website ever launched, 30 years later| NPR

(United States / English) The first website contained information about the World Wide Web Project...

Three startups compete for Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies’ prize | StartUpTicker.ch

(Switzerland / English) Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies has selected...

The First Czech Product Will Reach the Moon | Prague Morning.cz

Czech company ADVACAM will help answer one of the most important questions of space travel: “How to...

CHUV and ISREC Foundation announce a donation of 25 million Swiss francs to extend FLASH radiotherapy treatment to all types of cancer | CHUV

(Switzerland / French) The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and the ISREC Foundation announce...

PlanetWatch, a decentralized environmental monitoring pioneer, announces a major transatlantic partnership | PlanetWatch

(Italy / English & French) PlanetWatch, a French company which decentralizes and incentivizes...

PlanetWatch form a partnership at the intersection of blockchain and IoT | CoinTelegraph

(English) PlanetWatch, a company that measures air quality and EMRIT, one that provides IoT internet...