Newry’s kept tabs on exciting announcements in the field of quantum technology since the publication of the OIDA Quantum Photonics Roadmap in 2020, and we’re excited to see the progress of one major development happening right in our own backyard.

The Cleveland Clinic announced the launch of the world’s first quantum computer dedicated to healthcare research. This is part of their broader collaboration with IBM known as the Discovery Accelerator that uses a suite of advanced computing technologies (e.g., quantum, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing) to speed up biomedical innovation.

But looking ahead, within the next three years, the 1,000+ qubit Quantum System Two computer will be functioning to enhance healthcare research techniques in areas ranging from drug discovery, genomic analysis, molecular modeling, and medical imaging. This cutting-edge technology, along with the strategy to educate a high-tech workforce through innovative curricula in data science and quantum computing, is sure to advance understanding in the field.

While the utility and impact of the Quantum System Two will depend on qubit quality and error rates, the proposed scale will really enhance what’s possible with a quantum computer. If we at Newry had to guess, it’ll likely see the most success with early optimization and simulation problems.

It’s also encouraging to see the plainly stated emphasis on broad collaboration across sectors and workforce development. There’s no doubt in our minds it’ll help everyone better prepare for the future and enable exploration of which healthcare applications will benefit most from quantum computing’s capabilities, similar to the ongoing trials happening now with large language models (LLMs).

We’re keeping a close eye on this and other advanced computing trends–quantum or otherwise. Stay tuned!

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