(ScienceBusiness) The Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft, which was opened in late February by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The Lab is the culmination of a partnership between Microsoft and QuTech to collaboratively research the building blocks for a quantum computer.
Leo Kouwenhoven, Scientific Director of Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft as well as Professor at Delft University of Technology, stated that “With the opening of this Lab, we see what is possible when business, science, and the government unite. Together, we have built a world-class laboratory in Delft which will enable us to expedite development of a revolutionary quantum computer. The Netherlands now has the necessary ingredients to develop the type of compute power that could drastically change humankind’s daily lives – from personalised medication, to the development of new renewable energy sources.”
The opening of the new lab strengthens the Netherlands’ standing in quantum research, while also offering opportunities to other parties to become involved. During the opening, the Netherlands’ Secretary of State Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate) stressed that science, industry and government should join forces to consolidate this leading position.