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CERN’s Technology Transfer Office has developed a wide range of technology transfer opportunities, reflecting the needs of its partners and the principles of the Organisation. CERN provides access to its technical expertise and innovative technology for scientific and commercial purposes through a variety of technology transfer opportunities.

R&D Collaborations

Collaborative R&D projects can be developed in CERN’s areas of technical expertise, such as superconductivity to ultra high vacuum, from detectors to ICT. CERN has a well established tradition of collaboration with companies and research institutes, with the objective to generate technological results having a potential for commercial exploitation.

Service and Consultancy

CERN’s expertise and cutting edge infrastructures represent a unique opportunity for companies and academics in need of a specific high tech service.

Our experts in the many areas of technical excellence are available to provide professional advice or specific studies to your business.

Spin-off Companies

CERN encourages the creation of new companies based on CERN technologies in the Member States.

The creation of spin-off companies is also fostered through incubation centres: In April 2012 CERN and STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK) announced the launch of a new Business Incubation Centre at the STFC’s Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.


CERN grants licences to commercial and academic partners for the exploitation of its technologies.

A selection of these technologies is available through CERN Easy Access IP, a royalty free licence.