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Duality Announces Technical Advisory Committee With Deep Expertise In Quantum Science And Tech

Duality is pleased to announce the members of its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which will support participating startups with business know-how as well as deep expertise in quantum science and technology.

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A 12-month accelerator program based in Chicago, Duality is the first program in the U.S. that is exclusively dedicated to accelerating new startup companies focused on quantum science and technology. Duality was launched in April 2021 by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), along with founding partners, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Argonne National Laboratory, and P33.

“We are excited to welcome these distinguished Technical Advisory Committee members to Duality,” said Juan de Pablo, vice president for national laboratories, science strategy, innovation, and global initiatives at the University of Chicago and chair of the Duality Governing Board. “The accelerator has already fueled an impressive first cohort of quantum startup companies, and the Committee will contribute its expertise in selecting the next cohort. We look forward to celebrating these companies’ successes as the region continues to solidify its reputation as a hub for quantum science and technology.”

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TAC members will provide guidance, technical recommendations, mentorship, and expertise to startups participating in Duality. As part of this role, they also will help select Cohort 2 of the accelerator.

“Our Technical Advisory Committee includes a diverse group of accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, investors and scientists from all over the world. We are looking forward to working with them to provide the inspiration and the leadership required to accelerate the adoption of quantum solutions in the marketplace,” said Chuck Vallurupalli, senior director of Duality.

Duality Technical Advisory Committee members include:

  • Jean-Francois Bobier, partner and director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Michael Brett, worldwide business development and go-to-market strategy for quantum computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Dan Caruso, serial entrepreneur; managing director, Caruso Ventures; investor and former executive chairman, ColdQuanta
  • Monisha Ghosh, research professor, University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering; affiliate, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Celia Merzbacher, executive director, QED-C
  • Mark Saffman, professor of physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; chief scientist for quantum information, ColdQuanta
  • Rafael R. Salmi, global president, Richardson RFPD (an Arrow Electronics Company)
  • Ray Sharma, founder and CEO, Extreme Venture Partners

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