On February, 2, 2022 the institutional signing of the agreement establishing “UMIQ aQuantum-UEx”, the Joint Research Unit in Quantum Software of aQuantum and the University of Extremadura (UEx) took place. The signing ceremony was presided over by the Rector of the UEx, Prof. Antonio Hidalgo García, Mr. Jaime Guevara, aQuantum CEO, the researcher of the Quercus Software Engineering Group of the University of Extremadura, Dr. Juan Manuel Murillo, and Mr. Guido Peterssen, aQuantum COO.
The collaboration between the two entities goes back a long way, since March 2020, with the signing of the Framework Collaboration Agreement between the University of Extremadura and aQuantum for the joint execution of research work related to R&D in the area of Software Engineering and Quantum Computing Programming. In addition, both are collaborating in the first major Spanish project on a real application of quantum computing, the “QHealth: Quantum Pharmacogenetics Applied to Aging” project, funded by the CDTI and FEDER within the “Science and Innovation Missions” program.
UMIQ will focus on joint research work related to R&D in the area of Quantum Software applied to Life Sciences, as well as promoting training activities of the aQuantum unit in these areas in Extremadura. QuantumPath® platform will be used in the research and training activities carried out within the framework of UMIQ.
UMIQ’s work objectives will not be limited to the field of scientific and academic R&D between the Quercus and aQuantum teams. The UMIQ arises with the aim of building bridges between the results of research and its practical applications. To do this, it will promote cooperation with institutions and companies in Extremadura with potential for the adoption of quantum computing through collaboration in R&D projects, the implementation of quantum application labs, PoCs, etc.
The Mixed Commission derived from this agreement will allow both institutions to grow in the field of R&D in Quantum Software applied to Life Aciences.
At aQuantum we are very excited about the start of this collaboration with the Quercus Group and in this way contribute to the development of the quantum workforce and the creation of a practical quantum software development hub in Extremadura.