Quandela Closes First Round to Develop Photonic Qubit Sources
(Quandela) The startup Quandela has closed its first round table to develop unique, high-performance and reliable photonic qubit sources that are a technological building block for the creation of photonic quantum computers, secure quantum networks and ultra-precise sensors. This round was carried out with Quantonation, the first fund dedicated to quantum technologies, and Bpifrance.
Created in 2017 by Pascale Senellart (CNRS senior scientist), Valérian Giesz, and Niccolo Somaschi, Quandela is a spin-off from the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N, CNRS-Université Paris Saclay) in Palaiseau, in the scientific cluster of Paris-Saclay. Quandela is one of the first companies in the world to market photonic qubit emitters in the form of single photon sources for the development of optical quantum computers and, in the middle term, their networking via secure quantum communications. Based on unique know-how and several patents, Quandela’s semiconductor nanostructure technology enables the emission of single photons very efficiently and extremely reliably. Two sources have already been delivered to customers in Australia and in Russia and new orders from European customers have been signed.
Valérian Giesz, CEO and co-Founder of Quandela, said: “With this fundraising, we have accumulated almost 1.5 million euros to accelerate the commercial deployment of our new generation of products, even more efficient, easy-to-use and reliable. The signals given in France in support of a national quantum industry are extremely encouraging and our experience positions us in a privileged way to make France a world leader in quantum technologies.”