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World Economic Forum Selects Quantum Companies For 2024 Technology Pioneers Cohort


Insider Brief

  • The World Economic Forum announces the selection of this year’s 100 companies joining its Technology Pioneers.
  • The list includes pioneering quantum computing firms.
  • These companies will contribute cutting-edge insights and expertise to the Forum’s global initiatives over the next two years and help scale their impact.

The World Economic Forum has unveiled the 2024 cohort of Technology Pioneers, showcasing 100 leading tech start-ups revolutionizing various industries, according to a statement from the organization. Among these enterprises, the WEF selected several quantum computing companies, adding that they offer the potential to reshape the future of technology and science.

Prominent Quantum Pioneers

This year’s cohort features several quantum computing companies that are pioneering advances in both hardware and software, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in various fields including life sciences, drug discovery and computational technology.

Algorithmiq (Finland): Harnessing the power of quantum computing to solve complex problems in life sciences, Algorithmiq is at the forefront of integrating quantum technologies into biological research. Their work aims to unlock new insights and solutions for medical and environmental challenges, positioning them as a critical player in the biotechnology sector.

PlanQC (Germany): Specializing in the development of quantum computers that store information in single atoms, PlanQC is driving forward the next generation of computing technology. Their innovative approach promises to deliver unprecedented computational power, which can revolutionize industries reliant on complex data analysis and simulations.

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In a LinkedIn post, Alexander Glätzle, CEO and co-founder of planqc, said: “Excited to announce planqc has been selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Innovator Communities in the Technology Pioneers 2024 Cohort! The Innovator Communities are a group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups at the forefront of technological and business model innovation. As part of this group, planqc will engage with public- and private-sector leaders and contribute to new solutions to overcome current crises and build future resiliency.”

Qubit Pharmaceuticals (France): This company leverages quantum computing for drug discovery, utilizing advanced quantum algorithms to identify potential drug candidates more efficiently. Qubit Pharmaceuticals is poised to transform the pharmaceutical industry by significantly reducing the time and cost involved in bringing new medications to market.

The Quantum Advantage

The inclusion of these quantum companies in the 2024 Technology Pioneers might be considered a sign of the growing recognition of quantum computing’s potential to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. These start-ups exemplify the innovative spirit and technological prowess necessary to drive substantial progress in various sectors, according to the WEF.

“The 2024 Technology Pioneers are revolutionizing industries on a global scale,” said Verena Kuhn, Head of Innovator Communities, World Economic Forum. “These innovators are leveraging the most advanced technologies to drive the radical changes needed to confront the world’s most urgent challenges. We are excited to see how their groundbreaking work will enrich Forum initiatives and how they will contribute to building dynamic partnerships between the public and private sectors to solve these critical global issues.”

Global Impact and Future Prospects

As part of the Technology Pioneers community, these quantum companies will engage with global leaders from the public and private sectors, contributing to discussions and initiatives aimed at tackling critical global issues. Their participation in upcoming Forum meetings, such as the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2024 in Dalian, China, will provide them with a platform to showcase their cutting-edge innovations and forge impactful collaborations.

The advances of Algorithmiq, PlanQC, and Qubit Pharmaceuticals demonstrate the transformative power of quantum computing. As these companies continue to grow and develop their technologies, they are set to play a role in shaping the future of multiple industries, driving forward both scientific discovery and practical applications.

About the Technology Pioneers

Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneers community is composed of early-stage companies involved in designing, developing, and deploying new technologies and innovations poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The World Economic Forum provides the community with a platform to engage with public and private sector leaders and contribute new solutions to overcome current crises and build future resiliency.

For more information on the 2024 Technology Pioneers and their contributions, visit the official website.

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. [email protected]

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