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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.

The CERN Open Hardware License has been approved by OSI | 3DNews

(Russia / Russian) The non-profit organization OSI (Open Source Intitiative) has approved the second...

Guiding inventions from lab to market | Physics Today

(USA / English) A career in technology transfer requires skills in multitasking, communicating, and...

Terapet awarded CHF 1,5 million funds | Terapet

(Switzerland / English) Terapet together with their world class R&D partners (CERN, Karolinska...

What art hides and technology uncovers: science is allowing us to discover secrets of great works (and rescue them) |

(Spain / Spanish) The five centuries that he has been buried under the Pantheon of Agrippa, in Rome...

International partnerships research global impact of COVID-19 |

(United Kingdom / English) Many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries will be...

Orvium becomes CERN's Spin-Off | Orvium

(English / Spain) Orvium is pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement with the European...

High radiation dose rates may improve cancer therapy | Physics Today online

( U.S.A / English ) The ill-understood effect is gaining momentum and opening new avenues of...

Li Ka-shing Foundation supports MBI color medical scanner | hk.on

(Hong Kong / Cantonese) With the support of the Li Ka-shing Foundation, Hong Kong can realize the...

New 3D colour X-rays made possible with CERN technology | Mirage News

(Australia / English) MARS Bioimaging have released stunning new images made using a world-first...