Henk Kamp, Ministry of Economic Affairs, stated: "The next generation of supercomputers offers opportunities for Dutch companies to develop new products and services. To deploy these opportunities here instead of elsewhere, long-term investments are necessary. Only in this case the Dutch economy can fully benefit of the advantages delivered by quantum technology, such as better data security and more computational power."
Jet Bussemaker, Ministry of Science and Education, stated: "It is important that this commitment and the long-term investments enable the Netherlands are able to stay at the forefront in quantum mechanics and even enhance its position. Big scientists can stay in the Netherlands and talents from abroad are attracted to come to the Netherlands to deploy their research in this fascinating field."
Thanks to this financial security offered by the Dutch Government, QuTech is able to attract interest from private investment companies, to invest in laboratories and to hire promising scientists. Currently, 100 scientists are working at QuTech in Delft led by scientist Leo Kouwenhoven. This number will double in the next five years to more than 200 scientists. They will work to develop the technology and to deploy practical applications, such as better data security. The information exchanged by this type of computers cannot be hacked. This technology also offers more computational power exponentially so that new drugs can be developed much faster for example. The global market for applications based on quantum technology is expected to grow to 2 billion euro each year right up to 2020, as research has shown.
Globally there is a scientific run to make a breakthrough with quantum technology. More than 7000 scientists are working to make this development possible. Big technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and Thales are investing several tens of millions in quantum technology. As one of the leading institutions QuTech for example is receiving funding since 2010 from Microsoft for fundamental research.
QuTech has been named by the Dutch Government as one of the four National Icons. This type of innovations are enabling future wellfare and contribute to solve global issues. The National Icons receive accustomed funding. Ministers Kamp and Bussemaker are the ambassadors of QuTech, representing the Dutch Government. They support the institute with contacts in the Netherlands and abroad.