, near Geneva, is the world’s largest laboratory for particle physics. It was the birthplace of the World Wide Web in 1990 and is home to the Large Hadron Collider which was instrumental in the discovery of a Higgs-like particle.
CERN makes the technical knowledge, skills and expertise that it has gained through its extensive experience in particle accelerators and detectors, available to companies, research institutes and entrepreneurs through an active support to Knowledge Transfer activities, ranging from high-tech products and methods to training and education.
The CERN Technology Transfer Office is responsible for the management of the intellectual property developed at CERN in the framework of high energy physics experiments and infrastructures. Notable examples include the development of evacuated solar panels based on CERN’s ultra-high vacuum technology and an innovative way to calculate treatment plans for patients undergoing hadron therapy.
Technical knowledge exchange with companies is successfully promoted thought the creation, support and participation to networks of technology transfer professionals. Among others, the EIRO Forum, HEPTech, the TTO Circle and a CERN network composed of national Knowledge Transfer Officers in the Member States.
The STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre is the first business incubator that CERN has worked on.
The scale of the LHC in CERN(Credit: CERN)