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Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme

With a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation of DKK 1.5 billion over the next 12 years, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen will strive to build a full-scale generally applicable quantum computer before the end of 2034.

A fully functional quantum computer can very rapidly perform complicated calculations that classical computers either cannot or would optimally require several years to perform. A quantum computer therefore creates opportunities for developing new solutions in several areas such as climate changes and the green transition.

Especially within life sciences the Quantum computers have revolutionary potential including development of new medicine, epidemiology, genome research and neuroscience. Quantum computers can especially make a difference here because nature has many quantum mechanical systems that cannot currently be classified and properly understood. A quantum computer has an inherent capability to solve such tasks based on the principles of quantum mechanics.

During the first 7 years, the researchers and engineers will develop materials and hardware for the quantum computer. In parallel, various quantum platforms will be explored and the most suitable quantum platform determined. The Programme will collaborate with researchers from the life sciences, who will guide the development of the technology.

In the last 5 years, the technology has to be scaled up, so that ultimately a quantum computer is developed that can solve relevant problems within the life sciences that current computers cannot.

The Programme will be carried out in collaboration with research groups from leading universities and industries, including from the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and Denmark, each of which will contribute important specialist knowledge and thereby contribute to a large ecosystem of universities and industries.