Technology Transfer News

8 June 2021
The 17 elements of rare earths

Rare earth for digitization and e-mobility

The importance of rare earths has increased steadily in recent years - and so has their demand. Digitization and e-mobility in particular heavily rely on rare earth elements. However, Europe is heavily dependent on China in this area, where a large proportion of the current worldwide rare earths supply is sold from.

The PSI-EPFL spin-off REMRETEch is focusing precisely on this and is dedicated to the commercialisation of rare earth recycling. REMRETEch isolates rare earths from electrical scrap with its promising and scalable technology. The start-up has already taken first steps out of the laboratory and is currently working on a pilot project:

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20 May 2021
Das Pandemievirus Covid-19 (Foto: Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS)

Forschung zu Covid-19

Am PSI arbeiten Forschende aus aller Welt daran, Massnahmen gegen das Virus zu entwickeln. Sie wollen besser verstehen, wie das Virus in den menschlichen Körper und seine Zellen gelangt, wie es verschiedene Organe, zum Beispiel die Lungen, schädigt und welche Medikamente am besten gegen das Virus wirken. Dazu werfen sie tiefe Blicke in Gewebe und analysieren die Bausteine des Virus sowie die Struktur vielversprechender Wirkstoffe.

Im Filmbeitrag erklären Forschende ausserdem, wie das Virus durch Aerosole übertragen wird, ob ein Malaria-Medikament auch bei Covid-19 helfen kann und wie man den Aufbau und die Wirkweise von Medikamenten entschlüsselt.

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30 April 2021
The Career Center at PSI supports young talents in planning their future careers.

Skills shortage: New perspectives for young researchers in industry

Employers complain about a shortage of skilled workers, while young researchers often do not know exactly where to look for their next professional challenge. Strengthening the bridge between academia and industry at PSI can help open up new perspectives for both sides.

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6 April 2021
TATTOOS - Provision of a variety of tools for theragnostic applications

TATTOOS - innovative radiopharmaceuticals for theragnostics

Online Symposium on the provision of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals for a paradigm shift in cancer therapy

The approach of using radioisotopes of the same element for theragnostics has been successfully investigated in previous preclinical studies. The PSIs Tattoos Infrastructure Project will allow the production and subsequent investigation of four interesting “sister” Therbium radionuclides for all modalities in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine. The virtual Mini Symposium hosted by PSIs specialist will give interested participants the opportunity to listen to and question experts in this emerging field of personalized medicine.

Please find more information on the program and registration for the online symposium:

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12 February 2021
Mock-up on the Innovation Campus construction site

Park Innovaare Innovation Campus: Mock-up model in place

Construction work on the Park Innovaare innovation campus, which began in November 2019, is progressing very well. In the meantime, the construction progress is clearly visible. The Innovation Campus consists of two main buildings (A1 and B1), in which entire floors as well as individual offices and laboratory spaces will be rented out. A1 and B1 are connected by a passageway on the first floor.

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1 February 2021
Interior view of SLS

Industry-Webinar: SLS 2.0 Upgrade Program

We are pleased to invite interested national and international companies to our information webinar for the SLS 2.0 (Swiss Light Source) upgrade project in Villigen, Switzerland.

This webinar will be broadcast on the 9th February 2020 from 10:00 to 12:30 CET.

The event is jointly organised by the PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) and the Swiss ILO (Industry Liaison Office for Research Institutions). During this webinar we will provide information on the PSI procurement rules, an introduction to the SLS 2.0 project and an overview of the upcoming SLS 2.0 commercial tenders.

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21 January 2021
Dr Gergely Huszka (left) and Dr Florian Döring (rechts) work together with a motivated team on the success of the start-up XRnanotech.

XRnanotech: a Spin-off is launched!

XRnanotech, the latest PSI spin-off, is working on nanostructured X-ray optics that make the smallest things - the world of the nanometer - visible. Founded only a few months ago, the start-up already has numerous successes to its credit and is already in talks with its first customers and investors.

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15 December 2020
Dr. Roger Herger - CEO & Founder maXerials AG

From synchrotron to CEO

Roger Herger wrote his diploma thesis and doctoral dissertation on X-ray diffraction of complex metal oxides at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) synchrotron. At the end of June 2020, he founded the high-tech startup maXerial, together with two business partners. Their goal: to combine industrial X-ray technology with artificial intelligence. We trace his path from research to entrepreneur and show how cutting-edge PSI know-how and laboratory-based X-ray technology ideally complement each other to solve the challenges of the Swiss high-tech industry by means of data-driven materials development.

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