Accelerating business opportunities with CERN and STFC

1 February 2019

Excitement for opportunity and innovation was in the air at Daresbury Laboratory, as more than 20 start-up companies participated at the CERN Knowledge Exchange workshop. Their mission - to discover how access to CERN technologies and expertise can help them boost business opportunities and overcome their technical barriers.

Medical applications, digital manufacturing, robotics and big data are just a small snapshot of the diverse areas that can innovate and benefit from access to the revolutionary technologies at CERN.

The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for participants to discuss their ideas directly with experts from CERN, and learn more about opportunities for collaboration through the STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre (STFC CERN BIC). They also heard first hand from start-ups who are already working directly with CERN and STFC, and the opportunity this is bringing to their businesses.

Advanced Oncotherapy, a fast growing company, provided an overview of how it is integrating next generation technologies that have spun directly out of CERN to develop the world’s next generation of proton therapy to treat cancer. This technology, which will be a significant milestone advancement in this field, is now being assembled in a high-volume assembly, verification and validation centre here at Daresbury Laboratory.

D-Beam, a start-up at the STFC CERN BIC, provided an overview of how it is developing a sensor that is capable of detecting the tiniest particle in a kilometre long particle accelerator. Lost particles in an accelerator can interfere and introduce unwanted noise into experiments, and this technology will help improve our understanding and control of particle beams, which are so important in proton beam cancer therapy.

A2O Innovation Solutions, another company at the STFC CERN BIC, discussed how it is developing technology for manufacturing advanced materials for renewable energy systems and the transport industry, particularly for autonomous vehicles, for which it is also developing a predictive maintenance system.

Delyth Edwards, business development manager at STFC said after the event: “The UK is leading the way in taking ideas developed through accelerator technology and translating them into viable and successful businesses, and those we’ve heard from at our workshop are perfect examples of this. I’m thrilled at the turnout and new connections we’ve made today, and excited about the potential for the future collaborations we have had the opportunity to explore.”

Opportunities with CERN via STFC and at the STFC CERN BIC are available to technology entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses seeking technical expertise to help solve complex challenges. Further information and advice about getting involved with the STFC CERN BIC, and how it could benefit your company, can be found at the STFC CERN BIC website.

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Last updated: 25 February 2019


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