NBI Spin-out enterprise receives prestigious tech-transfer award
QDevil, a quantum technology spin-out enterprise from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, has been awarded “The Technology Transfer Prize 2024” from German Physical Society. (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, DPG)
The prize is awarded for the successful process of transforming the circuits Rikke Lütge, Ferdinand Kuemmeth and Jan Oeschle worked on in the lab to QDevil’s QDAC and QBoard solutions.
With QDevils fusion with Quantum Machines in 2022 they are now part of the 100+ employees large company QDevil/Quantum Machines marketing the products.
The successful tech-transfer wouldn’t have been possible without the Tech Trans Office at the University of Copenhagen.
The office handles the difficult transition between discoveries and inventions taking place in the labs of the University to the realization of commercially available products, applicable by a series of research groups and quantum industries around the world.
The QDAC and QBoard solutions are now reliable products, marketed and commercially available. The QDAC technology (licensed from University of Copenhagen) allowed the generation of many high-fidelity control signals in parallel, with high resolution and stability suitable for tuning multi-qubit processors.
QBoard was demonstrated to interface semiconducting spin-qubit processors at cryogenic temperatures with low-frequency and high-frequency control signals.
The wide variety of quantum devices studied by Prof. Kuemmeth in his academic research lab required the development of a multi-channel high-frequency quantum-classical interface – out of which grew the technology emerging as QBoard.
One of the largest start-ups in the world
QDevil was founded in 2016 by Professor Ferdinand Kuemmeth and Dr. Jonatan Kutchinsky, both from the University of Copenhagen.
QDevil grew steadily – and fast – to having more than 30 employees in 2022, notably without private investment.
In 2022 QDevil was sold to Israel based Quantum Machines and QDevil/Quantum Machines are now one of the largest start-ups in the world, focusing on quantum control solutions.
The prize will be presented at the WTT 2024 forum in Jena, Germany.
Ferdinand Kuemmeth, Professor
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