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In November 2018, an ESA-led team came to CERN to test many space components with one of the most energetic radiation beams available on earth: the lead-ion beam delivered by CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator.
The High Energy Ventilator (HEV), first prototyped in March 2020 by a team of physicists from the LHCb collaboration, was designed as a fully functional, high-quality medical ventilator for use in and out of intensive care units.
As part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team led by physicists and engineers from the LHCb collaboration has proposed a design for a novel ventilator.

The Hyperloop competition, intiated by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, sets the challenge of devising a pod-like transportation system travelling at sonic or even ultrasonic speeds in high-vacuum tubes over several hundreds of kilometres - reducing travel times from hours to minutes.

IGLUNA is an educational project aimed at investigating the realisation of a human habitat on the moon. 18 student teams from all over Europe, built several technology demonstrators for this habitat.
A2O Innovation Solutions is a start-up providing technologies for weight reduction, operational efficiency and CO2 emission reduction mainly targeted at the transport sector.
CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.
CERN started manufacturing face masks and shields early on during the pandemic.
The following CERN irradiation facilities will be part of CERN-ESA protocol on radiation testing: IRRAD, CERF, n_TOF, and CALLAB.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

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...

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...

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 physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator |

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

High-energy particle physicists figured out video conferencing a long time ago | QUARTZ

(English) Since the mid-2000s, the physicists at CERN have used a videoconferencing platform they...

NovPower and PlanetWatch: Two new companies integrated in the InnoGex incubator | Le Pays Gessien

(France / French) Les deux nouvelles entreprises disposeront de locaux dans l’incubateur InnoGex, au...

3-D colour X-ray will revolutionise medical treatment |

(New Zealand / English) Phil and Anthony Butler, father and son and both former CERNies, have...