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New business incubation center promotes technology transfer between Finland and CERN

Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and CERN signed an agreement in Geneva on Tuesday, 15 September to establish the first Finnish Business Incubation Center of CERN technologies (FBC).
Photo: CERN
Photo: CERN

The new Finnish Business Incubation Center of CERN Technologies (FBC) seeks to promote the utilization of the results of  fundamental research conducted and new technologies developed in Finland in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.    

“FBC represents a new step in the efforts to promote the technological and commercial utilization of findings generated through major scientific undertakings and thereby serve the needs of Finnish industry and business,” says Professor Saku Mäkinen of Tampere University of Technology. He is the Director of the Technology Programme of Helsinki Institute of Physics.

FBC is part of a network of business incubation centers located in the CERN member states. In Finland, the center will support start-up companies that are born out of research, among others, in the fields of sensor technologies, high performance computing, big data applications, special materials and superconducting magnets.

“In addition to purely fundamental research, the work done by Finnish physicists and engineering professionals at CERN has always included an element of collaboration between universities, research institutions and industry partners,” says HIP’s Director, Professor Juha Äystö.

President Markku Kivikoski of Tampere University of Technology is committed to the new model of collaboration:

“The partnership agreement will further strengthen the existing close ties between the research community and industry in Finland. TUT has a proud history of industry collaboration: the Times Higher Education ranked our University 11th in the world on the basis of the volume of industry collaboration in August 2015,” he says.

FBC will build bridges between the developers of technological innovations and open up opportunities for tapping into the expertise at CERN. In addition, FBC will promote the transfer of knowledge and technology from Finland to CERN and vice versa.

Finland is the seventh country to join CERN’s network of business incubation centers. 

Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) is jointly operated by the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, the University of Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta University of Technology and Tampere University of Technology. HIP is located at the University of Helsinki.

FBC’s website:

Further information: Director of HIP’s Technology Programme Saku Mäkinen, tel. +417 5411 74 33, or

The partnership agreement was signed at CERN. Photo from the left: Head of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group Giovanni Anelli, CERN’s Director General Rolf Heuer, Finnish Ambassador to Switzerland Päivi Kairamo, HIP’s Director Juha Äystö, TUT’s President Markku Kivikoski and Professor, Director of HIP’s Technology Programme Saku Mäkinen.

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