Cerca Magnetics Wins Inaugural Institute of Physics Quantum Business Prize

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Cerca Magnetics Wins Inaugural Institute of Physics Quantum Business Prize

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  • Cerca Magnetics won the Institute Of Physics quantum Business Innovation and Growth group (qBIG) prize.
  • The prize recognises small and medium-sized companies who are taking quantum technology products or solutions to market.
  • It was sponsored by Quantum Exponential plc, the UK’s first enterprise venture capital fund focused on quantum technology.
  • Image: Cerca Magnetics

PRESS RELEASE — Cerca Magnetics has been awarded the inaugural Institute Of Physics quantum Business Innovation and Growth group (qBIG) prize, created to support innovation in and commercialisation of quantum technologies.

The prize, sponsored by Quantum Exponential plc, the UK’s first enterprise venture capital fund focused on quantum technology, recognises small and medium-sized companies who are taking quantum technology products or solutions to market. The winner was announced at the Economist’s Commercialising Quantum event on Wednesday 17 May.

Cerca Magnetics has brought to market the world’s first wearable magnetoencephalography scanner, which measures human brain function in health and disease.

Dr Niall Holmes, co-founder of Cerca Magnetics, said: “We are delighted to have won the 2023 qBIG Prize. We hope that this recognition will help drive increased support from across the industry and help accelerate market readiness. You will hear a lot more from us in the not-too-distant future! Congratulations also to the runners up.”

IOP CEO Tom Grinyer, who hosted an IOP-organised plenary discussion at the Commercialising Quantum event, said: “It has been an amazing day speaking to some of the leading lights in this buoyant and fascinating sector. Congratulations to Cerca Magnetics and all the runners-up, the work they do is vital to the progress we need to see in the UK in our economy and in our tech sector, and I’m delighted the IOP and Quantum Exponential will be able to support them further on their journey.”

The winner will receive: £10K in an unrestricted cash prize; 10 months’ mentoring from the innovative Quantum Exponential investment team; access to Quantum Exponential’s extensive network; access to the IOP’s growing business community of industrial quantum physicists, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs and the qBIG network; access to the Institute of Physics’ Accelerator workspace; and a profile in the IOP’s annual business showcase exhibition. Runners-up Aquark Technologies and Quantopticon will also benefit from greater support from the IOP.

The awarding of the prize follows a busy year so far in quantum with the publication of the IOP’s A Vision for Quantum Technologies report and the announcement of a £5 billion government strategy for this vital area.

Matt Swayne

Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. matt@thequantuminsider.com

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