Particle physics experiments at CERN seek to answer fundamental questions about the structure of our universe. In this quest, novel technologies and solutions are developed that can be used outside the field of high energy physics. The business incubation center, Lithuanian BIC of CERN Technologies, aims to assist start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to implement innovative technologies and expertise developed at CERN into disruptive products or services.
The Lithuanian BIC of CERN technologies (below – BIC or Business Incubation Center) supports development and application of innovative ideas outside the field of high energy physics. The technological expertise from CERN comprise particle acceleration, vacuum, data and digital sciences, sensors, detectors, superconducting magnets, mechanical/materials/electrical engineering.
The incubator is located in two technology parks: Sunrise Valley in Vilnius and Santaka Valley in Kaunas.
The Ministry of Economics and Innovation mandates the Lithuanian Innovation Center to manage and operate the BIC.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES
Measures provided by BIC to businesses:
Who can apply?
Startups, spin-offs and young companies with proposals to utilize CERN technology or competence, or encountering technological problems that can potentially be solved with the help of CERN’s experts, are invited to participate.
During the selection process, CERN will review the extent that CERN Technology is being utilised. Participants may be given the opportunity to visit CERN and learn more about the available technologies.
CERN technologies, applications and success stories are described at:
How to apply?
The selection process will take place yearly in two stages:
In the first phase, participants will have to write a preliminary business or product proposal, or a technological problem, highlighting the need for technological or know-how support from CERN. Representatives from CERN and LIC will select up to 5 of the best proposals to enter the second phase.
In the second phase, the selected participants will have to write a detailed business plan. A Selection Panel, composed of representatives from CERN, LIC, Incubators and independent experts, will select up to 3 proposals to be invited to one of the Incubators for a period of 24 months.
Application is open until May 1st.
Examples of successful technology adoption
The World Wide Web is one of the most impressive examples of the influence of experiments in particle physics on the development of innovative technologies.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a CERN employee, created the HTML language and the HTTP protocol and, in 1990, enabled the first Web server on the World Wide Web to allow researchers to share information easily and quickly.
Explore the first World Wide Web page.
The Terabee starter, which produces drones for sophisticated inspection, has teamed up with CERN to develop a technique that can automatically track observations in the LHC tunnel.
Drone positioning in a narrow, tight LHC tunnel has turned from a technical problem to the small, lightweight, fast-acting short-range sensors used today in that tunnel.
MARS Bioimaging has developed spectral computed tomography technology, which allows color X-ray images to be obtained.
A key component of the technology is the Medipix3 readout chip, a prototype made by CERN researchers, and a semiconductor pixel sensor. The innovative summing of the Medipix3 pixels’ electrical charge enables accurate measurement of X-ray energy and consequently enables to map energy differences to colors of the image.
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