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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.

Physics drives ongoing developments in proton therapy |Physics World

(English) The ProBE (Proton Boosting Extension for imaging and therapy) linac – a joint project...

CERN tech in MedTech | Fondation pour Genève

(Switzerland / French) CERN researchers are developing cutting-edge technologies which may find...

CERN's contribution to physics-based medical technologies | Global Innovation Index

(English) CERN's contribution to physics-based medical technologies.

New spectral CT tech reveals bone microfractures in color | DOTmed.com

(English) Research for the technology was conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign...

Three Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences cooperate with CERN | noe.ORF.at

(Austria / German) Studierende der drei niederösterreichischen Fachhochschulen (FH) St. Pölten, Wr...

From Fundamental CERN Technology to Innovative Startups | TW.nl

(Netherlands / Dutch) Bij het Europese onderzoeksinstituut CERN proberen fysici fundamentele...

New X-ray technology could revolutionize how doctors identify abnormalities | ScienceDaily

(English) Using ground-breaking technology, researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore...

From CERN to future digital identity concepts and cryptography | Bundesdruckerei

(Germany / German) Bundesdruckerei works with CERN on future digital identity concepts and...

Physics worth more to EU economy than retail and financial services | Science|Business

(English) Anais Rassat of CERN’s knowledge transfer office said CERN encourages its staff to develop...