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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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LINAC-based technology finds way into cancer therapy.
A commercial agreement was established with ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) BV, a Dutch company specialised in nanosat solutions.
In 2016, there were eleven requests for FLUKA licences. Mainly from companies performing shielding studies, but also from some in the field of safety, inspection and auditing that requested the technology, as well as companies working in radio-protection related to dismantling activated industrial facilities.
FLUKA is a particle transport and interaction simulation code, originally developed by CERN and INFN for particle physics, which finds applications in a wide range of other domains including medical.
Since 2016, CERN is part of a research project to develop a system for optimised irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics.
One of the Knowledge Transfer (KT) group’s priorities is to foster a culture of entrepreneurship at CERN. This is made possible throughactivities such as the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) network and programmes like the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) and the NTNU and BIC screening weeks.

The ever-increasing magnetic fields required to achieve the desired energies in colliders like the LHC and in the Future Circular Collider, are the main drivers for developing superconducting cable technology. Two technology synergies are emerging: high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and "smart" superconducting grids.

In 2016, CERN started investigating the use of GEMPix to measure the 3D energy deposition of a therapeutic ion beam in a water phantom, for medical imaging purposes.
GeneROOT uses a data-processing framework developed at CERN for the high-energy physics community, to analyse large genomics datasets.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

Particle accelerators and fight against cancer: FLASH radiotherapy | Le Scienze

(Italy / Italian) Il CERN di Ginevra e l'Ospedale universitario di Losanna hanno progettato un nuovo...

With a small help from CERN, a painting has been attributed to Raphaël | Le Temps

(Switzerland / French) Un scanner aux rayons X basé sur une technologie initialement développée pour...

New report shows benefits to the UK of CERN membership | Science and Technology Facilities Council

(United Kingdom / English) Commissioned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)...

What is Knowledge Transfer? | WPT

(Poland / Polish) How do Big Science organisations, and especially CERN, undertake knowledge...

CERN, the big brother of the Einstein Telescope | 1Limburg

(Netherland / Dutch) At CERN, Han Dols is responsible for bringing innovations to the market, new...

White Rabbit, a CERN-born technology, sets a new global standard | Tech Xplore

(English) White Rabbit (WR) is a technology developed at CERN to provide the LHC accelerator chain...

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...