|PALO ALTO, CA, 2023年9月16日 - (亞太商訊) - Nanofiber Quantum
Technologies Inc. ("NanoQT") raised $8.5m from leading venture
capital investors. Phoenix Venture Partners (PvP) in the US, and
Japan's JAFCO Group Co Ltd, SPARX Group Co Ltd, Keio Innovation
Initiative, Inc. (KII), and Waseda University Ventures (WUV)
financed the round through convertible notes.
Founded in 2022, NanoQT is a leading startup company focused on
fiber connectable quantum computing hardware. Unlike
superconducting circuits and ion traps for quantum computing,
NanoQT uses a technology called nanofiber cavity Quantum
Electrodynamics (QED). This technology has been derived from over a
decade of intensive research by Professor Takao Aoki at Waseda
University, Japan, a leading expert in quantum computing and
co-founder of NanoQT.
NanoQT owns a novel and proprietary quantum processing unit (QPU)
that employs neutral atoms and photons as qubits, capable of
processing and storing quantum information while communicating with
other QPUs. Modularity and scalability of interconnected QPUs offer
a unique platform for distributed quantum computing and quantum
networks for a variety of useful applications. NanoQT's QPU aims to
revolutionize quantum computing.
"While cavity QED has long been a recognized platform in quantum
computing, developing the ideal cavity posed significant
challenges. We've overcome these challenges using our proprietary
QED technology," comments Dr. Akihisa Goban, NanoQT's CTO and
co-founder, who studied cavity QED technologies under Professor
Jeff Kimble at Caltech.
"We are thrilled with the support from our US and Japanese
investors. We aim to spotlight our unique approach and its
strengths. With the funding, our primary objective is to develop
our proprietary QPU for quantum repeaters, an innovation not yet
seen in the market," proclaims Dr. Masashi Hirose, NanoQT's CEO and
co-founder, an MIT graduate and former McKinsey and Company
"For PvP, investing in NanoQT isn't merely another venture
investment. This is our first investment in a Japan-origin startup.
We are deeply impressed by NanoQT's innovative approach in the
quantum hardware sector and are pleased to support their US
expansion," expresses Dr. Nobi Kambe, General Partner of PvP.
"Our confidence in NanoQT's potential comes from its leadership.
The investment is rooted in our belief in NanoQT's management team
led by Dr. Hirose and Dr. Goban. We're confident they can assemble
a global team well beyond Japan," comments Keisuke Miyoshi, the
President and CEO of JAFCO.
Takaki Demichi, Director and Head of Mirai Creation Investment
(SPARX), has a similar sentiment. "NanoQT's distinct approach
doesn't just introduce novelty. It crucially addresses the
longstanding challenge of connectivity, enhancing the scalability
of quantum computers."
Naoji Nomura, Principal of KII, emphasizes that "NanoQT is an
outstanding startup with extremely high potential for the global
social implementation of moonshot-class quantum network technology,
developed over many years at Japanese universities."
Dr. Hiroaki Ohta, General Partner of WUV, mentioned, "We are
delighted to invest again, having supported NanoQT since the seed
round. NanoQT has shown significant growth, especially in terms of
collaborations, the R&D team, and intellectual property, which
are fundamental for a hardware startup."Fueled by this funding,
NanoQT plans to accelerate its R&D, onboard talent from the US
and Japan, and foster collaborations with academia and private
corporations. With the Japan-US synergy, armed with cutting-edge
technology, and oriented towards US-Japan collaborations, NanoQT
aspires to exemplify global collaboration in the quantum computing
About Nanofiber Quantum Technologies, Inc.
Nanofiber Quantum Technologies (NanoQT) is a technology company
that develops quantum processing units (QPU) using a novel and
proprietary nanofiber cavity Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) system.
NanoQT aims to develop connected QPUs that operate as quantum
repeaters and distributed computational units. NanoQT currently
operates in Tokyo, Japan, and California, US.
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Nanofiber Quantum Technologies, Inc.
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