Quantum startup taps IBM exec for desktop machine

Quantum startup taps IBM exec for desktop machine

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By Nick Flaherty

German-Australian quantum computing hardware company Quantum Brilliance is aiming to develop desktop quantum computers.

The company uses a room temperature synthetic diamond technology developed at the Centre for Applied Quantum Technology at Stuttgart University for a desktop quantum accelerator.

Mark Mattingley-Scott has been appointed as Managing Director of Europe to lead business development and strategic partnerships from the company’s new European headquarters in Freiberg, Germany. The company last month raised US$9.7m, bringing the total raised to US$11.1m.

After a 31-year career at IBM, Mattingley-Scott most recently served as IBM Quantum Ambassador for EMEA and Asia-Pacific team, raising visibility for the tech giant’s quantum computing program and developing business opportunities.

“I joined the Quantum Brilliance team to help fulfill the company’s vision of making quantum computing an everyday, useful technology,” said Mattingley-Scott. “Europe has much to gain from a robust quantum industry, and the addition of a highly disruptive technology such as quantum accelerators will have a major influence on its growth.”

Mattingley-Scott is looking to set up several locations in Germany and set up engineering and development team. He also plans to help expand public investment in the quantum computing industry in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

“With its strong industrial base and large number of highly-skilled engineers, Germany is particularly well-situated to make a huge contribution to quantum computing,” said Mattingley-Scott. “Quantum hardware design and manufacturing has the potential to match Germany’s auto industry in its breadth and success.”

“Mark’s extensive experience in quantum computing and the commercialization of other emerging technologies will be invaluable to establishing our presence in Europe,” said Andrew Horsley, CEO and co-founder of Quantum Brilliance. “We are thrilled to welcome Mark to the team and look forward to seeing his successes unfold.”

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