Lithuanian companies are offered the support of €40000 for the commercialization of CERN technologies
Lithuanian Innovation Centre together with the Sunrise Valley and Kaunas Science and Technology Parks encouraged companies to submit applications to participate in the Lithuanian Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technology (incubator) program. The companies selected for the incubator will have a unique opportunity to develop and commercialize their innovative products based on CERN technologies. In addition, companies will receive an additional support of 40 thousand Euros for this activity.
“We invite start-ups, spin-offs and young companies with business ideas on how to use CERN’s technologies and competencies or facing technological challenges that could be addressed with the help of CERN experts, to participate in the selection,” says Dr. Adomas Jelinskas, coordinator of the CERN incubator in Lithuania, consultant at Lithuanian Innovation Centre.
According to him, the companies selected for the incubator will receive not only the financial grant of 40 thousand Euros but also the licensing of CERN’s intellectual property on preferential terms, consultations by CERN experts and consultations by experts from the Lithuanian Innovation Centre and both science and technology parks. Businesses will also be able to use the premises in one of the above-mentioned science and technology parks.
Business applications are accepted until May 1st, 2021.
“CERN, the world’s largest nuclear research laboratory, is conducting particle physics experiments to answer fundamental questions about the structure of the universe, creating many new technologies that can be successfully applied beyond particle physics. For example, in search of a solution to facilitate and speed up the sharing of information between scientists, CERN engineers developed a technology – the World Wide Web – that allowed information to be shared between computers connected to the Internet”, explains A. Jelinskas.
The range of technologies developed by CERN is so wide that they cannot be commercialized by the nuclear research laboratory itself, enabling companies to license or apply technologies with the help of CERN experts to develop their own unique innovative products and then successfully market them, as the New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging. The company, using a silicon micro-pixel sensor that was built in CERN’s laboratory, has developed a spectral computed tomography product that allows color X-ray images to be extracted. This allowed the company to compete successfully in the medical equipment markets.
The selection for the CERN incubator in Lithuania is announced for the second time. Last year, the three most original and obvious value-added start-ups were selected, who successfully use their expert and financial support to develop their products based on CERN technologies. Cyber POD works with 3D electronics printing, Volatile Technologies AI is digitizing the sense of smell, and Paulai Tech is developing a STEM subject learning app based on augmented reality technology.
CERN’s competencies and technologies cover areas such as particle accelerators, particle beam instrumentation and control, refrigeration and ventilation, cryogenics, detectors and sensors, ultra-pure vacuum, control and simulation of industrial systems, information and communication technologies, magnets, mechanics, materials and electrical engineering, metrology, optoelectronics and microelectronics, radiation safety and monitoring, radio frequency technologies, superconductivity, robotics, data and digital sciences, particle tracking and calorimetry. They are most applied in aerospace, emerging technologies, medical and biomedical technologies, safety and environment, industry 4.0, and cultural heritage sectors.