New business incubation center helps start-ups tap into CERN’s expertise
The Finnish Business Incubation Center of CERN Technologies (FBC) promotes the utilization of research output and new technologies originating from Finland in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The call for partner companies is now open.
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.
Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and CERN signed the agreement to establish FBC in Geneva in September 2015. FBC offers selected companies a unique opportunity to access the expertise at CERN.
“FBC represents the latest step in the efforts to accelerate the transfer of important research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial products and thereby serves 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 and will lead FBC.
Looking for companies born out of research
FBC is part of CERN’s pan-European network of business incubation centers that offer support to researchers and start-up companies. Finland is the seventh country to join the network.
In Finland, the center will support innovative and technology-intensive start-ups that trace their roots to scientific research and operate, among others, in the fields of sensor technologies, high performance computing, big data applications, special materials, superconducting magnets, power supplies and remote-controlled equipment.
CERN is home to a vast pool of expertise and world-leading scientists from different fields. FBC has a mission to promote the exploitation of technologies arising from scientific research beyond national borders.
“Both high-tech companies and researchers with an innovative idea for a new business are potential candidates for FBC’s programme. FBC will not only facilitate access to CERN’s intellectual property but also help the selected incubatees secure funding, drive their businesses forward, and enter the international market,” Mäkinen describes.
FBC takes university-industry collaboration to the next level
In addition to pure science, the work done by Finnish physicists and engineers at CERN has always included an element of collaboration with universities, research organizations and industry partners.
FBC builds bridges between the developers of innovative technologies to maximize the practical application of the expertise residing within CERN. FBC will also seek to accelerate the transfer of Finnish technology and expertise to CERN and vice versa.
“As our technologies are already in widespread use through partnerships, licensing agreements and consultancy services, Finland fits very well within our consortium of business incubation centers,” said Head of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group Giovanni Anelli at the signing ceremony.
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 scientific community and industry in Finland. TUT has a proud history of industry collaboration. In August 2015, the Times Higher Education ranked our University 11th in the world in the category of industry collaboration,” he says.