CERN Technology Transfer Activities. Enrico Chesta Head of CERN Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Section. Knowledge Transfer. CERN Mission. Push back the frontiers of knowledge in nuclear research Develop new technologies for accelerators and detectors
Head of CERN Technology Transfer and
IntellectualProperty Management Section
Push back the frontiers of knowledge in nuclear research
Develop new technologies for accelerators and detectors
Train scientists and engineers of tomorrow
Unite people from different countries and cultures
Particle accelerators for hadron therapy
Particle detectors for medical imaging
Grid computing for medical data management and analysis
Inspired by CERN’s principle of maximizing the benefits for society, the section acts in support to the valorization and transfer of CERN technologies to external partners and provides the Organization with services related to the management of Intellectual Property.
Implementing an effective
“Balanced Innovation Model”
Pure Open Science Vision
Market Driven Approach
Foster and show CERN technologies impact on society
Support competitiveness of Member States industry
Dissemination of knowledge generated at CERN
What was the need of CERN…
Physicists needed to share computer-stored information to answer tough questions about the Universe and to network within the R&D community
… and what it became
1989 - Sir Tim Berners - Lee created an information management system using hypertext to share data, documentation and news to help the Physicists community;
1990 - The World Wide Web was running at CERN; Info.cern.ch – world’s first web-site and web server running @CERN
1991- 1993 – Several Institutes in Europe and US were making use of the www;
1993 – 2001 – Growth of usage of the www among users / Free commercialization of the www / “Dot-com” Boom US and Europe;
What was the need of CERN…
Physicists needed to manage large amounts (gigabytes) of data produced by high energy physics (HEP) experiments.
… and what can become
The CERN Open Hardware Licence (CERN OHL) governs the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products.
The CERN–OHL is to hardware what the General Public Licence (GPL) is to software. It defines the conditions under which a licensee will be able to use or modify the licensed material. Principles: anyone should be able to see the design documentation, study it, modify it and share it. If modifications are made and distributed, it must be under the same licence conditions – this is the ‘persistent’ nature of the licence, which ensures that the whole community will continue benefiting from improvements, in the sense that everyone will in turn be able to make modifications to these improvements.
Market Pull Concept:
Setting-up collaborations withindustry (withpreference to Member States industry) to use CERN competences in support of new developments and innovative applications in their main business fields
- Collaborative R&D
- Service and Consultancy
Cryogenics (1.9 K)
Very high performance
detectors and electronics
Data processing (15 PB/year)
Technology Push Concept:
Givingaccess to CERN mostinnovative technologies to externalpartners (withpreference to industry and institutions in the Member States) for scientific and commercial purposes
Some numbers and statistics:
New invention disclosures are presented once per year to the External Network of Technology Transfer Officersdelegated by everyMember State to ensureEqualOpportunities for exploitation
and “Exploitation Level”
Average global KTT technology portfolio « exploitation » level: 50%
and “Exploitation Level”
charged hadron beam
that loses energy in matter
new treatmentopportunities for deep-seatedtumours
C ions: 24 times more energythan protons
CNAO - Pavia
Thin film coatings to achieve and obtain ultra-high vacuum at low temperatures based on thin layer coating applied by sputtering. Recover chemical reactivity (i.e. pumping function) by heating at temperature as low as 180 C
Ultra-high vacuum is achieved (10 -13Torr)
Reversible process for hydrogen atoms (with palladium)
Up to 50 venting cycles possible with marginal performance loss
Suitable for industrial heating: heat of tar tanks, paint oven, plastic injection molds…
-50% CERN, 50% EPFL (managed by CERN)
- PCT Patent WO 2007/143868 A1 granted in Europe (F, D, CH, UK) - March 2010
- Extensions requested in US, Ca, Ja
-CVT has generated new IP in the frame of POPS developmentactivities: innovative interleaving strategy will be used on DSVC (Distribution Static VAR Compensation) applications for EAF (Electric Arc Furnace) systems (ex. of TT through procurement)
-CVT is interested in taking a license on CERN-EPFL patent if business opportunities are identified
Identified Applications currentlyunderstudy:
-Industrial manufacturing: electromagneticforming, high power injection moulding, pressing, bending, stamping
-Medical applications: X-ray cinematography power generation for cardiological exams
-Renewableenergies: energystorage on a medium voltage bus
-Electric/hybrid cars: battery modules management
System and Method for Positioning and Fixing Objects Relative to Each Other
Technique using a stack of identical washers with different orientations to center and clamp inserted items with respect to each other
Inventor: Mr. Albert Ijspeert
Main identified application: glueless fixation of permanent magnets in IPM electricalmotors
Technology Offer: Portfolio
Accelerators, Magnet & Cryogenic Technology
Cryogenic Saving Unit - a novel configuration for the cooling of superconductive magnets used for testing magnets and training.
Pulse Tube Refrigerator/Cryo-cooler - a new design of a single stage Pulse Tube Cryo-cooler (PTC).
Power Supply Based on Capacitive Storage – a device based on energy storage capacitors, suitable to supply a load requiring relatively low mean power on the one hand and sharp peaks of power on the other hand.
Detectors & Instrumentation
3D Magnetic Sensor Calibrator - an innovative device for calibrating magnetic field with high resolution.
Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) - a proven amplification technique for position detection of ionizing radiation such as charged particles, photons, X-rays and neutrons, in gas detectors.
PHOSWICH - a gamma camera with DOI reconstruction for PET scanners.
Quantum Dosimetry - a novel invention comprising a method, software and apparatus to determine dose, dose rate and composition of radiation.
Micro Chemical Vias - is a new chemical method to make microvias for high density printed multilayer circuits.
Non-Evaporable Getter (NEG) Thin Film Coatings - a technology developed to realize ultra-high vacuum at low temperatures.
Palladium Thin-film Coatings - allows obtaining reversible pumping without a thick passivation layer is formed.
Titanium polishing - a process to polish titanium and titanium alloys to a high degree of surface smoothness, typically of a nanometer level.
Technology Offer: Portfolio
Fast Front-end Readout Electronics for Photon and Electron Counting Applications - is a high performance readout chips for a potential use in medical imaging, life science applications and material research.
High Performance Time to Digital Converter (HPTDC) - a high performance time to digital converter ASIC chip for use in applications requiring precise time-tagging of electronic signals, e.g. for electron and photon detection in medical imaging, laser ranging, life science or material research.
Medipix2 Chip - is a high spatial, high contrast resolving CMOS pixel read-out chip working in single photon counting mode.
NINO - a low power front-end amplifier discriminator ASIC chip for use in applications based on electron and photon detecting in medical imaging, life science or material research.
CDS Invenio - a suite of applications providing the framework and tools for building and managing an autonomous digital library server.
CRISTAL - a Java description-driven system to manage data and process information for business process life cycle management. It provides a radically new strategy to implement new or to adapt existing business process systems in real time.
MammoGrid- an application of Grid technology with the aim to develop an European-wide database of mammograms and to support effective co-working between EU healthcare professionals.
NiceAdmin - In order to improve computing security on Windows Desktops, the NiceAdmin software enables users to run Windows XP without administrative privileges.