Paris Region, Le Lab Quantique and GENCI launch a fast track initiative towards Quantum Computing advantage

The Paris Region quantum ecosystem is extremely rich in academic groups, startups, expertise and talents, and also global companies that are prospective customers for technologies that have the potential to disrupt many sectors, be it Finance, Automotive or Biopharma. The Region has been funding programs in support of academic groups for many years (SIRTEQ) and has now decided to shift gears and support also actors downstream in the value chain, technology developers (hardware and software) and end-users with an ambitious new programme called PAck Quantique (PAQ).

Valérie Pécresse, President of the Paris Region Council, declared: “we wish to continue to position the Paris Region as the leading region in the world on quantum. We have decided to fund the PAQ programme with 1.5 million euros over 3 years, starting with 0.6 million euros in 2020 for 3 projects including a collaboration between the EDF group and the startup Pasqal ”.

PAQ funding will go to projects tackling major industrial challenges associating, on the one hand, actors of the Paris Region quantum ecosystem that is extremely rich in startups, expertise, talents and global companies leading adoption of quantum technologies, and on the other hand quantum computing resources provided in the short term by the startup Pasqal and in the longer term a future European high performance quantum / hybrid computing infrastructure provisioned by GENCI, a public company working to increase the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) for boosting competitiveness within the French economy, across all scientific and industrial fields. Le Lab Quantique and GENCI will ensure that the whole ecosystem benefits from the funded projects, with the conviction that now is a time for fruitful and original collaborative approaches, until quantum advantage will be reached for real life applications.

The first 3 projects are the following:

  • AQUARE associating Pasqal (neutral atoms based quantum computing) and giant utility EDF on smart mobility and optimization of charging of shared e-vehicles fleet
  • AQCMED associating Qubit Pharmaceuticals and Pasqal on drug discovery and accelerated computational drug design workflows in hybrid HPC / QC architectures
  • AQMuSE associating the French branch of US based QC Ware and energy company Total to address generalized pooling problems in logistics

Qubit Pharmaceuticals and EDF will have guaranteed early access to Pasqal’s world leading 100+ qubits quantum processor as early as 2021.

Christophe Jurczak, President of the association Le Lab Quantique, declared: “We are very happy to be associated to the PAck Quantique, a unique initiative in the world which aims to drastically reduce the obstacles that limit today – even beyond pure performance of pilot quantum processors – co-developments between technology providers (hardware and software) and customers intended to benefit from quantum acceleration. This is a first step and, with GENCI, we are working on an ambitious project to federate most actors of the Paris ecosystem in a place downtown Paris – La Maison du Quantique – to create synergies, benefit from shared space and infrastructures, to accelerate the emergence of a quantum industry

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Meetup Replay – Quantum Acceleration, Randomness as a Service, the State of the Quantum Industry

We had the pleasure to hear:

Professor Irfan SIDDIQI (UC Berkeley, LBNL). Irfan leads the Ad­vanced Quantum Testbed that focuses on superconducting quantum computing technologies and has recently taken the direction of the new DOE funded Quantum Systems Accelerator.
Cameron FOREMAN (Cambridge Quantum Computing). CQC launched recently the first cloud-based Quantum Random Number Generator service with verification.
Michel KUREK (Ecole Polytechnique). Michel made an introduction to his recently published and very documented report on patents, scientific publications and VC funding in Quantum technologies.

Patents, publications and investments in quantum technologies – a report by Michel Kurek

Given the opportunities and threats created by quantum technologies, significant investments have been made over the past 5 to 10 years, in both the public and private sectors.

Several governments have launched large multi-year programs with funding in excess of US $ 1 billion. In the private sector, multiple venture capital funding operations have been carried out. At the same time, many large multinational companies already working in the telecommunications, IT or sensor markets are recognizing the potential of quantum technologies and investing in their development and commercialization.

Through the analysis of tens of thousands of patents and scientific publications, and research on public and private funding of research and startups, Michel Kurek evidences gives us an original and up-to-date analysis of the sector that, no doubt, will be closely examined by stakeholders in the emerging quantum ecosystem.

This report is published in partnership with QuantX, the association of alumni of Ecole polytechnique involved in quantum technologies.

Paysage des brevets et publications sur les technologies quantiques, par Michel KUREK

Compte tenu des opportunités et des menaces créées par les technologies quantiques, des investissements importants se font depuis les 5 à 10 dernières années, dans les secteurs public et privé.

Plusieurs gouvernements ont lancé de vastes programmes pluriannuels avec des financement dépassant le milliard d’US$. Dans le privé, de multiples opérations de financement de startups par du capital-risque ont été effectuées. En parallèle de nombreuses grandes entreprises multinationales travaillant déjà sur les marchés des télécommunications, de l’informatique ou des capteurs, reconnaissent le potentiel des technologies quantiques et investissent dans leur développement et commercialisation.

L’analyse du paysage des brevets et publications scientifiques est un moyen solide d’évaluer le potentiel économique des nouvelles technologies et de mesurer le niveau de transposition des résultats de ce qui a été jusqu’à présent essentiellement un domaine de recherche, en nouveaux produits, susceptibles de stimuler la croissance économique et contribuer au progrès sociétal.

En juin 2020, Michel KUREK a procédé à une large recherche et analyse des brevets en lien avec les technologies quantiques publiés depuis 2010. Il a comptabilisé 9 905 brevets qu’il a analysés. Il a également réalisé une évaluation scientométrique des publications mondiales en lien avec la recherche en informatique quantique pour la même période, avec 15 602 publications . A travers l’analyse de nombreux indicateurs, il nous livre une analyse originale et à jour du secteur.

Cette analyse très fouillée met en évidence la domination croissante des États-Unis et de la Chine dans ce secteur, avec des enjeux de souveraineté extrêmement importants. La France et l’Union Européenne ont historiquement produit une très grande partie de la recherche académique dans le quantique, la « bataille » n’est pas encore perdue pour que ce leadership soit maintenu voire renforcé. Gageons que le rapport de Michel Kurek sera examiné de près par nos décideurs et les acteurs de l’économie, la seconde révolution quantique est en marche !


Nous remercions Michel KUREK d’avoir confié au Lab Quantique la possibilité de publier son étude qui fera date. Le Lab Quantique a vocation à publier des analyses de fond pour donner aux acteurs de l’écosystème et aux décideurs des éléments de compréhension de qualité pour élaborer des stratégies pertinentes.

Ce rapport est publié en partenariat avec QuantX, l’association des alumni de l’Ecole Polytechnique consacrée aux technologies quantiques.

Meetup Replay – Quantum Orchestration, Quantum-Safe Cybersecurity, Building the Ecosystem

We had the great pleasure to host:
Michele MOSCA, professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing at University of Waterloo and co-founder of EvolutionQ, about quantum-safe data and communications security and his experience as an entrepreneur ;
Itamar SIVAN, CEO of Quantum Machines (Israel, US), on a mission to revolutionize computing. He told us about his company’s technology, Quantum Orchestration, and how he sees the future of Quantum Computing.
Jane GARRETT, Director of QTEC (Quantum Technology Enterprise Center) at University of Bristol (UK) and Maria PAWLOWSKA, Director at Visnea (Poland), debated on the construction of the Quantum Ecosystem with our own Robert MARINO

Meetup Replay – Superconducting Qubits, Quantum Machine Learning & Quantum Markets

We had the pleasure to host:
Alexandre BLAIS, Professor and Scientific Director at Institut Quantique / Sherbrooke University, an overview of science and technology in the field of superconducting qubits;
Iordanis KERENIDIS, CNRS Senior researcher & head of quantum algorithms at QC Ware, on Quantum Machine Learning and quantum applications;
Jean-Christophe ELOY, CEO of Yole Development, will present their latest study on the industrial perspective on quantum markets.

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VeriQloud introduces in this great medium paper the feasibility of Quantum secured networks. Quantum key distribution (QKD) enables secret key establishment over an insecure communication channel. It even reaches the holy grail of encryption, which is unconditional security. No matter the effort spent by an eavesdropper, data encrypted through quantum key distribution remain secure forever.