Keith Brown MSP officially opens QuantIC Innovation Space
Keith Brown MSP, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, officially opened QuantIC’s Innovation Space during a visit to the University of Glasgow yesterday.
Mr Brown was given a tour of the space and was shown some of QuantIC’s collaborative projects which were jointly exhibited by the Hub’s researchers and industry partners. The 200 square-meter Innovation Space, which was made a reality with support from the Scottish Funding Council, was purpose-built to make it as simple as possible for QuantIC researchers to work with academic partners, offering custom laboratory and office space on flexible schedules.
Mr Brown said: “I am delighted to launch the Quantum Innovation Space, which will create a place and space for companies to connect at an early stage with researchers to collaborate and innovate on projects related to imaging technology. A thriving economy is only made possible by having a business base which is willing and able to innovate. I wish all the university and business partners involved in QuantIC every success in driving forward research, increasing innovation and growing Scotland’s economy.”
John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “This innovative addition to Scotland’s research base is already making productive connections with the pioneering quantum technology industry. SFC is delighted to support this exciting innovation space and I look forward to seeing more companies benefit from collaborations with QuantIC’s researchers.”
Professor Miles Padgett QuantIC’s principal investigator, said “Less than two years since it was officially launched with an event at the Glasgow Science Centre, QuantIC has made strong progress both commercially and academically. We have forged relationships with more than 70 companies and published close to 60 research papers, and raised an additional £9.2m to support research and exploitation activities. The UK is home to some of the world’s best quantum imaging researchers and we’re proud that QuantIC is helping to commercialise their work for the benefit of the UK economy.”