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Harvard start-up Zapata is developing software for quantum computers

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 23rd, 2018

A Harvard University start-up is developing software for quantum computers to solve complex challenges in chemistry, as well as other fields.

“Quantum computer algorithms are very different than algorithms for classical computers,” says

Alán Aspuru-Guzik, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard and co-founder and chief scientific officer at the start-up Zapata.

“When quantum computers are large enough, we will be able to use quantum algorithms to solve computational problems in a variety of fields, including materials design and machine learning,” says Aspuru-Guzik. “Strong teams built around innovation in quantum algorithms are going to be the key to make these advances practical and widely available.”

Zapata has entered into an exclusive license agreement with the Harvard Office of Technology Development to commercialize the technologies developed by Aspuru-Guzik and his research team.

“Zapata has pioneered an approach to developing algorithms and software that delivers real world advances in computational power for applications on near-term quantum computers,” says Christopher Savoie, co-founder and CEO of Zapata. “This, in turn, will lead to radical breakthroughs in our understanding of chemistry and other phenomena. We are developing powerful, hardware-agnostic solutions for Fortune 100 companies, implemented on the latest quantum hardware made by Google, IBM, Rigetti, IonQ and others.”

The start-up recently secured a $5.4 million seed round co-led by the Engine, a venture firm launched by MIT.

“The founders of Zapata are some of the best minds in the field of quantum computing today,” says Reed Sturtevant, general partner at the Engine and board director at Zapata. “Their efforts will help drive the next era of computing and jumpstart an entirely new industry with implications for chemistry, neural networks, artificial intelligence and beyond.”

Source: OA Online

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