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Chicago Quantum Exchange Welcomes Seven New Industry Partners

Scientists in Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft conducting research in pursuit of a topologically protected qubit. Microsoft is one of seven new computing, tech and finance companies to join the Chicago Quantum Exchange. (Image credit: Microsoft)

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) has added seven new corporate partners in computing, technology, and finance to its community – expanding collaborative research efforts and opportunities to train future quantum engineers.

Announced this week, the new industry partners include Intel, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Quantum Design, Qubitekk, Rigetti Computing, and Zurich Instruments. These companies join existing partnerships with Boeing, IBM, Applied Materials, Inc., Cold Quanta, HRL Laboratories, LLC, and Quantum Opus, LLC.

“This is a really exciting time for the Chicago Quantum Exchange and for quantum science. The breadth of interests of our new partners – from developing quantum technologies and enabling technologies to their end uses – shows how far this field has come and the potential impact it could have on our world,” said Preeti Chalsani, who was recently appointed as the new director of industry partnerships for quantum information science, a joint position between the CQE and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.

“Each of the new partners adds a unique perspective and value, and we look forward to working closely with each of them to continue to advance quantum science, technology, and applications,” added Chalsani, who last month transitioned to her new role, which was created as part of a joint effort to enhance industry engagement and entrepreneurship in quantum information science.

In collaboration with its industry partners, organizations such as the Polsky Center, and initiatives including Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations, CQE works to attract and retain top talent and build the quantum economic ecosystem in Chicago.

“These new corporate partners join a robust collaboration of private and public universities, national laboratories, companies, and non-profit organizations. Together, their efforts — with federal and state support — will enhance the nation’s leading center for quantum information and engineering here in Chicago,” said University of Chicago Provost Ka Yee C. Lee.

Based at UChicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Chicago Quantum Exchange is anchored by the University of Chicago, the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (both operated for DOE by the University of Chicago), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University.

// This story was adapted from a version that was originally posted on the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) website.

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