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CERN BIC: Ground-breaking technologies in cryogenics & optical networks awarded

Denys Sutter (Co-Founder, condenZero) & Lukas Czornomaz (Co-Founder, Lumiphase)
Denys Sutter (Co-Founder, condenZero) & Lukas Czornomaz (Co-Founder, Lumiphase)

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Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare is proud to announce the two awarded incubatees selected for the 2021 edition of the Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies: condenZero & Lumiphase.

CondenZero, a University of Zurich spin-off, developed a novel cooling product enabling cryogenic temperatures to be held for up to 24 hours (instead of 15 min with current cryo-microscopy solutions). The start-up is launching its new product in the cryo-electron microscopy market.

Denys Sutter, CEO and Co-Founder of condenZero (pictured left), says: “We are looking forward to advancing our cryogenic technology for electron microscopy together with cryo-experts from CERN and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). With the Park Innovaare infrastructure, condenZero can strengthen its ties to the PSI and test new cryo-TEM products in a mutually beneficial fashion. The PSI will, with its prevalent TEM expertise and state-of-the-art helium recovery infrastructure, be an important partner for condenZero. We are grateful for these opportunities.”

Lumiphase is a spin-off of ETH Zurich and IBM Research that presents the capability of transforming the industry of optical networks. By delivering a new generation of optical communication chips placed inside transceiver modules, it provides a solution for the problem of electro-optical conversion. Lumiphase modules have the capacity to be 10x more efficient than any existing alternative.

Lukas Czornomaz (pictured right), the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Lumiphase, says: “We look forward to collaborating with CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Park Innovaare to assess the impact of radiation on our products and explore how we could support CERN's most pressing data transmission challenges.”

About the Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies

The Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies at Park Innovaare is a programme designed to support entrepreneurs in their business endeavor by offering them access to CERN's unique technologies, know-how and IP, as well as tailor-made business and management coaching, and, last but not least, seed money of CHF 50,000.

Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare is in partnership with CERN since 2018, as part of CERN’s network of ten Business Incubation Centres (BICs) throughout its Member States (for more information, please consult the CERN web page dedicated to its Business Incubation Network here).

The incubatee will join Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare's growing ecosystem, where it will benefit from comprehensive business development and marketing support, as well as from the growing infrastructure of a high-tech innovation campus located next to the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI).


Previous winners include:

2018 SecuraXis (Smart Cities, Sensors)

2019 ArcPower (Power Solutions for Space Applications)

2019 Terapet (Proton Therapy for Cancer Patients)

2020 XRnanotech (Nanostructured X-ray Optics)


Selection Committee Members 2021