COLLEGE PARK, MD — September 2, 2020
IonQ Co-Founders Named to New National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee
IonQ, the leader in quantum computing, today announced that both Professor Jungsang Kim, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Professor Christopher Monroe, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, have been named to the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC). Created by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Committee's goal is to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science (QIS).
The appointment is a recognition of Kim and Monroe's pioneering work in the quantum computing field and comes at a time when investing in quantum computing technology is more important than ever. IonQ's trapped-ion quantum computers have demonstrated unmatched ability, demonstrating performance benchmarks that no other quantum computer has been able to match. IonQ is the only entity with more than one representative on the committee.
"Quantum technology is rapidly advancing across industry and academia, with exciting new developments happening almost weekly," said Kim. "I am humbled to serve on the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee. Together, we will push quantum technology forward to realize the near and long-term impact of quantum computing."
"I look forward to continuing to counsel the US government on a national approach to quantum computing," said Monroe. "The field has come a long way since we demonstrated the first successful quantum logic gate in the 1990's and I am excited about what's just over the horizon."
"Having both of IonQ's co-founders on the Committee is validation of the deep technical and academic expertise our firm possesses," said IonQ CEO and President Peter Chapman. "Chris and Jungsang are two of quantum's foremost experts and will provide unmatched counsel to the US government at this inflection point for quantum computing."
This announcement follows the recent general availability announcement of IonQ's systems on the AWS Braket quantum cloud. IonQ is also the only quantum provider also available on the Microsoft Azure Quantum cloud. The firm recently raised additional Series B funding, bringing total funding to date to $84M. IonQ's investors include Amazon, NEA, GV, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Mubadala Capital, Airbus, HPE, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), Lockheed Martin, Cambium and more.