The United States and France have signed a deal on quantum technology during the visit of president Emannuel Macron to Washington DC this week.
The cooperation statement builds upon agreements signed in Paris in October 2018 and a 2021 Joint Statement on Science and Technology Cooperation that explicitly named quantum information science as an area where both sides endorsed continued research cooperation.
“The potential for quantum information science and technology to address pressing scientific questions for the benefit of humanity are endless,” said Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Chief Science Advisor to President Biden, who signed the joint statement for the United States. “This statement shows a commitment between the United States and France to work together to reach our shared quantum goals, grounded in our shared principles.”
Dr. Sylvie Retailleau, Minister for Higher Education and Research, signed the joint statement for France. “The United States and France share the belief that Quantum Information Science and Technology will change deeply many sectors of our economy” said Retailleau. “This statement underlines our willingness to work towards common goals based on shared values.”
“The signing of the Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology between the United States and France is a huge step forward in advancing quantum technology,” said Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO and founder of Pasqal, one of the leading quantum computing firms in Europe.
“This global collaboration is critical for quantum computing to reach its revolutionary potential and secure systems against quantum attacks. As a Paris-born quantum company with a U.S. presence, we look forward to supporting the collaboration between both nations and delivering value to end users through our neutral atom quantum technology,” he said.
Pasqal has announced a research collaboration with the University of Chicago to advance neutral atom computing, the first France-based company to collaborate on quantum technology development in the US.
Dr. Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office, said, “Solving the hard questions in quantum information science, while also building the global market and supply chain needed to translate quantum technologies from lab to market, will require connections and collaborations between our ecosystems, which this joint statement will facilitate.”
Dr. Neil Abroug, Head of the French National Quantum Strategy at the Secretary General for Investment, said “Developing useful and robust quantum technologies faces very challenging scientific, technological, economic and organizational questions to be answered, such that no single country seems to have the ability to solve it on its own. We need to identify complementarities and collaborate with our partners to reach the critical mass to address these challenges. This joint statement will facilitate cooperation between between American and French ecosystems.”