The world’s first quantum engineering company. We are hardware obsessed, qubit agile and commercially driven.

Transformational quantum software

Our software transforms quantum computers from experimental technology into commercial products. We tease the highest possible performance out of quantum software to reach quantum advantage sooner. By making Riverlane’s software portable across technologies, early adopters don’t need to choose which technology to pursue.

Solving the problems that matter

We go deep into the stack so that our hardware partners can focus on the physics and build better full-stack solutions. We work with the chemical, pharmaceutical and materials industries to improve algorithms and specify early killer applications of quantum computers.

Leadership (7)

  • Steve Brierley CEO and Founder


    Steve founded Riverlane because he believes that bringing together pioneers in software, algorithms and architectures in one company is the only path to commercially useful quantum computers. His dream is to make quantum computers as transparent and well known as RaspberryPi.

    Steve is a global leader in the commercialisation of quantum computers and sits on the UK government’s Quantum Computing Expert Group. He spent almost a decade in the intelligence community and as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge leading major research projects in quantum computing.

    Steve holds a PhD in quantum information from the University of York. He is a big music fan and spent much of his youth playing the saxophone in jazz, funk and soul bands.

    Recent posts by Steve Brierley

  • Marco Ghibaudi VP Engineering


    Marco is an FPGA expert with a PhD in Innovative technologies from CERN / ScuolaSuperiore Sant’Anna Pisa. As part of his PhD, he contributed to the design of the CERN ATLAS experiment back-end electronics and to the development of prototypes used in Automative, IOT and Fibre-optic Communications. In the past five years, Marco has worked in multinational companies specialising in Systems on Chip and Consumer Electronics. Outside work, Marco loves reading, boxing and baking.

  • Melissa Iball VP People


    Melissa is responsible for defining and implementing a world-class people strategy for the Riverlane team. She brings 17 years’ experience spanning multiple industries, from fintech to pharma, across the UK, Europe, US and India. Melissa is an expert in building teams, implementing scalable systems and processes, and nurturing a great culture and staff experience.

    Outside of work she enjoys running (slowly), home improvement projects and spending time with her family.

  • Glenn Manoff Chief Marketing Officer


    Glenn brings over 20 years experience in C-level Communications, Marketing and Sustainability roles at leading technology companies, including Trustpilot, O2, Telefonica, Ebone and EE.

    As a key member of the management team that scaled Trustpilot from startup to global market leader and unicorn IPO, Glenn developed the brand into a universal symbol of trust with billions of online brand impressions every month.

    At O2, he co-led the European launch of the iPhone, helped transform the Millenium Dome into The O2, built one of Europe’s most successful social impact and sustainability programmes (Think Big) and was part of the management team that transformed the company from last to first place in a hyper-competitive market.

    Outside of work, Glenn coaches baseball, is vice chair of youth music charity Future Talent and loves listening to old jazz records.

  • Leonie Mueck Chief Product Officer


    As Chief Product Officer, Leonie is responsible for building, commercialising and marketing Riverlane’s product lines. Leonie is passionate about helping Riverlane’s customers move quickly and easily to quantum advantage.

    Leonie brings eight years’ experience in quantum technologies and business development, with a PhD in quantum chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Germany. After her PhD, she held senior editorial roles at Nature andNature Communications where she was responsible for covering quantum computing and other topics in physics. An ardent supporter of Open Science, Leonie then joined PLOS ONE, building and leading a physical sciences and engineering division in a fast-paced management environment.

    Leonie is a huge supporter of diversity in STEM and serves on NumFOCUS’s diversity and inclusion committee. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the violin and spending time with her family.

  • Bek Simmons Chief Operating Officer


    Bek is responsible for building world-class teams and scaling company operations to enable Riverlane to reach its strategic goals. Bek enjoys supporting and empowering high-performing teams and has a supreme talent for driving work to completion.

    Bek has 15 years’ experience within leading health, research and higher education organisations. She co-founded THIS Institute, a £42m healthcare research institute at the University of Cambridge, building a team of 35 people in one year. Bek also has experience in fundraising and stakeholder management across a range of sectors and countries as Chief of Staff at the University of Cambridge.

    Bek holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University. Outside of work, she runs, reads and plays a mean game of squash.

  • Cory Vander Jagt VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances


    Cory has over 15 years experience bringing new technologies to market through strategic partnerships. As VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Riverlane, Cory is passionate about establishing partnerships that accelerate the adoption of Riverlane products and unleash the power of quantum computers.

    Cory has an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and was previously a founding member of the partner organisations at, GoodData, and GitHub.  Cory lives with his family in Truckee, California where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.

Team (44)

  • Seyed Amir Alavi Embedded Software Engineer


    As an embedded software engineer and control systems researcher, Amir designed different products in areas such as IoT, smart grid, industrial control systems, and communication networks. Amir employs the latest software and hardware development technologies, from real-time operating systems to embedded Linux. His main expertise is in model-based control system design and implementation. During his PhD at Queen Mary University of London, Amir worked on the development of distributed multi-agent control systems that operate over wireless communications protocols.

  • Ben Barber Senior Quantum Scientist


    Ben is a mathematician with a background in extremal combinatorics. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2013, and since then has worked as a researcher in universities and experimented with taking maths to unusual places. Outside of work, Ben enjoys climbing trees, functional programming, and accidentally sang barbershop for two years.

  • Kenton Barnes Quantum Engineer


    Kenton completed an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford, where he studied the ZX-calculus and its potential to be used for automatic quantum circuit synthesis. He also has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, where he picked up an interest in topics surrounding programming language theory. Outside of work, Kenton enjoys computer games, comedy, and is somewhat of a foodie.

  • Gordon Bateman Office Manager and IT Coordinator


    Gordon joined Riverlane following 10 years at the University of Cambridge as Facilities & IT Coordinator. He previously worked in multiple roles at a tech start-up in the telecommunications industry before settling on Facilities Management as a career path.

    Outside work, Gordon is an avid video gamer and enjoys travelling whenever possible.

  • Nick Blunt Quantum Engineer


    Nick completed an MSci in Physics at Imperial College London and a PhD in Quantum Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He then conducted postdoctoral research in Berkeley and as a Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, focusing on the development of quantum Monte Carlo methods in electronic structure theory. Outside of work he enjoys reading, games, and playing piano.

  • Emma Bradshaw Executive Assistant


    Emma previously worked in the legal sector and has more recently managed PR for some local SMEs as part of a brand communications agency. She has professional administrative qualifications and has worked as an executive assistant for directors at a global tech consultancy firm. Emma achieved a first-class honours degree in English Literature at university. Emma lives in a cottage in the Cambridgeshire countryside, which she loves to explore in her spare time having grown up in the city centre. She also enjoys reading and crafting.

  • Ksenija Brankovic Senior Project Manager


    Ksenija holds an MSc in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Belgrade. She has more than 15 years’ experience in Product Development of Distributed Control and Communication Intelligent Systems. Most recently, she worked in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) technology. Prior to that she was a System Architect and Product Development manager in the world of Small Cells and Mobile Network Infrastructure.
    Outside work, Ksenija does a bit of yoga, enjoys books, films, music and cooking for friends and family.

  • Anton Buyskikh Senior Quantum Engineer


    After completing a PhD in theoretical physics Anton continued working on out-of-equilibrium simulations of quantum many-body systems with long-range interactions at the University of Strathclyde. Having always been interested in programming he focused on the development of research software, which brought him to Riverlane, where software development meets cutting edge research in quantum computing. In his spare time Anton enjoys playing sports and exploring the world.

  • Joan Camps Senior Quantum Scientist


    Joan is a theoretical physicist with a PhD in General Relativity from the University of Barcelona (2010). Joan has conducted research in top universities within the UK, most recently on the interplay between quantum gravity, field theory and information science. This spurred his deep interest in quantum information, computation and technologies. Outside of work Joan loves spending time with his family. He also likes swimming, reading and listening to podcasts.

  • Nick Chen Principal Product Manager


    As a product manager, Nicholas bridges technology to customer needs and business goals. Nicholas was previously a hardware researcher and product manager at Microsoft where he refined customer experiences and  forged partnerships to turn research into product. Nicholas completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His interests outside of work include Design and Computer Science Education.

  • Laura Caune Quantum Scientist


    Laura completed an MSc in Computing Science at Imperial College London. She also has a BSc in Mathematics from University of Bath, where she developed an interest in pure mathematics. In her free time Laura enjoys reading and doing yoga.

  • Ophelia Crawford Senior Quantum Scientist


    Ophelia completed a PhD in Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, during which she gained expertise in numerical algorithms. At Riverlane, she is developing methods to reduce the resources required to perform calculations on quantum computers. Ophelia is also the lead PI on an Innovate UK Eureka grant, working with Canadian collaborators to enhance industrial productivity. Outside work, Ophelia enjoys cooking, knitting and doing crosswords.

    Recent posts by Ophelia Crawford

  • James Cruise Principal Quantum Scientist


    James is a mathematician who works on the application of statistical and probabilistic techniques to real world systems. These include internet traffic modelling, social networks and most recently power systems. James completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and has since held research positions at Bristol University and Heriot Watt University. Outside of work he enjoys playing board games and developing his skills as a weaver.

  • Aneeta Devi Talent Acquisition Specialist


    Aneeta is responsible for identifying talented individuals and building the Riverlane team. She is a graduate from the University of Buckinghamshire with a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology and over 10 years’ experience as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. Aneeta is passionate about learning and has studied Mental Health Awareness, alongside training for her CIPD in Human Resources Management. Outside of work, Aneeta enjoys spending time with family and, in particular, spoiling her nieces, yoga, running, reading, cooking, meditation and spending time with nature.

  • Richard Durham Senior Delivery Manager


    Richard has over a decade of experience in project and release management of technology projects. He enjoys helping teams deliver great products.

    Outside of work Richard enjoys reading, travelling with his family, as well as canoeing and paddle boarding.

  • Amy Flower Communications Associate


    Amy started her career in the education sector before moving into events and community management within the Cambridge start-up world. With her extensive administration experience, she then joined Riverlane as Executive Assistant. Following the achievement of a first-class honours degree in English Language and Literature, she found her natural home in communications and is now Communications Assistant for Riverlane. Amy lives with her husband and two young daughters. She loves to read and is a huge podcast fan.

  • Gabriel Gallardo Quantum Engineer


    During his PhD at the University of Oxford, Gabriel worked on the ATLAS Experiment to search for new physics such as supersymmetry. Outside work, he plays and arranges pop, rock, folk, and jazz music by himself and with friends.

  • George Geher Senior Quantum Scientist


    George is a pure mathematician who enjoys solving problems related to quantum mechanics, with his main expertise in operator theory. He completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Szeged, Hungary, before accepting a postdoctoral position in Reading, UK in 2016. Following that, George soon obtained his own Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship.

    Outside of work he enjoys reading science fiction, walking and hiking, and exercising.

  • Neil Gillespie Senior Quantum Scientist


    Neil is a mathematician who is interested in applying the ideas and techniques from pure mathematics to real world scenarios. Most recently this has involved looking at packing problems in Euclidean space and their connection to physics. Neil completed his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Western Australia in 2011. After a post-doctoral position in Australia, he returned to the UK to join the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research as a research fellow, based at the University of Bristol. Outside of work Neil loves music, swimming, cycling and spending many, many hours playing monsters with his son.

    Recent posts by Neil Gillespie

  • Gianmarco Girau Senior FPGA and Embedded System Designer


    Gianmarco holds a PhD in Electronic and Communication Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin. He has 15 years’ experience as an FPGA and Embedded Systems designer. Before joining Riverlane, he spent five years designing embedded logic for industrial manufacturing systems. Prior to that, he was a lead engineer on the development of the prototype for the current generation of deep-space modems at the European Space Agency’s ground stations. 

    Outside of work, he is a voracious reader and a lifelong learner on a wide range of subjects.

  • Nicole Holzmann Manager, Quantum Science


    Nicole has a PhD in theoretical chemistry and has worked in different areas of computational chemistry from analyses of interactions in small complexes, photo excitation in anti-cancer drugs to mechanisms in large membrane protein systems. At Riverlane and together with Astex Pharmaceuticals, she works on designing covalent enzyme inhibitors using quantum computing technology. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys Canne de Combat (French Cane), sewing and games.

  • Andrea Husseiniova Associate Product Manager


    Andrea has a Masters degree in theoretical physics from the University of Edinburgh, where she explored quantum computing and worked on theoretical and computational cosmology projects. She has previously interned at Riverlane, working on randomised benchmarking algorithms, and has experience with UX/UI through various summer projects. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and creating new nail art designs.

  • Aleksei Ivanov Quantum Scientist


    Aleksei is a computational material scientist whose main interests lie in the fields of electronic structure theory and magnetism. Having grown up on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East of Russia, he relocated to St Petersburg to study theoretical physics, and then to Reykjavik to pursue a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Iceland. His PhD studies provided him with a strong background in the development of advanced methods in quantum chemistry and physics which he looks forward to applying to his work at Riverlane.

    In his spare time, Aleksei enjoys hiking, playing guitar and watching ice hockey.

  • Róbert Izsák Senior Quantum Scientist (Chemistry)


    Robert obtained his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cardiff University in 2010. Since then, he has worked with several groups involved in the development of efficient and accurate quantum chemical methods. For six years, he also led the work of a small group interested in the excited state properties of large molecules, including the computational design of photoactive molecules. Outside work, he is an avid reader of history books and likes listening to podcasts.

  • Kauser Johar Principal Engineer


    Kauser Johar has over 12 years of experience in hardware specification, design and verification. He has previously worked for Arm where he helped develop CPUs for automotive and real time control. Kauser holds an MSc in Microelectronics from the University of Liverpool, and a Bachelors in electronics and communications from India. Outside of work Kauser enjoys gardening, and loves to play chess and cricket.

  • Joonas Majaniemi Research Software Developer


    Joonas completed an MPhys in Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University, where he simulated entanglement generation in an open two-qubit system under environmental noise. Having developed an interest in programming, Joonas gained industry experience in algorithm development and data analysis. In his spare time, Joonas enjoys hiking, photography and growing hot peppers.

  • Maria Maragkou Senior Business Development Manager


    Maria is responsible for identifying business development opportunities and building customer relationships for Riverlane. An electrical and computer engineer by training, Maria worked on quantum optics as a PhD student at the University of Southampton. She was a post-doctoral researcher in Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and École Normale Supérieure in Paris. She then worked for many years in science publishing as a Senior Editor at Nature Materials, where she was responsible for the areas of optics, physics and quantum technologies. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Kedge business school, focusing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Outside of work, she swims, works on her headstand and analyses data for her MBA thesis.

  • Rojalin Mishra Senior Hardware Verification Engineer


    Rojalin has a BSc in electronics and communication engineering. She is a seasoned verification engineer with eight years’ experience in verifying complex Systems-on-a-Chip and Integrated Circuits. Her expertise includes developing and implementing verification strategies. In her free time, Rojalin enjoys reading, swimming and cooking.

  • Alex Moylett Quantum Scientist


    Alex completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training, where they worked on how linear optical quantum computers are affected by photon imperfections. They have a range of experience in algorithms and software, having previously studied Computer Science at the University of Bristol and worked in various studentships across both industry and academia. Outside of work Alex enjoys running and playing music.

  • Caroline Parsons Project Manager


    Caroline has worked for many years in technology companies around Cambridge, starting with wireless local loop telephony in the mid-1990s and more recently in display connectivity. She also has experience in branding and previously worked in London in the design industry. She enjoys joining organisations in their early years and being part of their growth.

    Outside of work, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family. Other interests include music, gardening and travel. 

  • Viet Pham Ngoc PhD Intern


    Viet is currently a PhD student at Imperial College London. His research focuses on quantum machine learning. This interest stemmed from the courses he took while studying for his MSc in artificial intelligence, also at Imperial College London. In his free time, Viet enjoys cooking as well as outdoor activities, especially climbing.

  • Brendan Reid Quantum Scientist


    Brendan received his PhD in Quantum Information Theory from Queen’s University Belfast in 2018 where he focused on ultracold atomic dynamics and quantum thermodynamics with the application of quantum technologies in mind. With an interest in quantum computing, he completed a one year postdoctoral position at the University of Southern California designing algorithms to be implemented on the D-Wave 2X quantum annealer. Outside of work Brendan enjoys reading, exercising and exploring the local bars and restaurants.

  • Lisa Roberts People Advisor


    Lisa is a graduate from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.  She has extensive experience as an Office, Facilities and Health & Safety Manager and has previously worked in the semiconductor and fintech industries. Throughout her roles Lisa gained experience in HR administration and recently moved to a full-time role as People Advisor. She is currently studying for a CIPD in Human Resource Management to deepen her knowledge. Outside work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new walks with her dog. She also loves quizzes, both participating in them and creating them.

  • Ben Rogers Quantum Engineer
    Ben Rogers


    Ben completed a PhD in Quantum Information Theory from Queen’s University Belfast, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Vienna. During his PhD, Ben explored the optimal control of entanglement dynamics, entanglement characteristics close to quantum phase transitions, and non-demolition measurement and manipulation of atoms trapped in optical lattices. Ben enjoys reading, films, games, kayaking, martial arts, and walks with a pub at the end.

  • Matthew Ruszala Delivery Manager


    Matthew completed an EngD in Formulation Engineering at the University of Birmingham where he developed novel particles to be used as functional fillers withing the decorative paints industry. Since then, Matthew has worked as both a Scientist and Project Manager developing laboratory analytical instruments and the bespoke design and installation of x-ray machines.

    In his spare time, Matthew enjoys being outdoors, travelling, and cooking.

  • Luka Skoric Quantum Engineer


    Luka studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in Physics. He worked on computational and experimental projects in 3D nanofabrication and nanomagnetism, with interest in research software and novel computation methods. In his spare time, Luka plays basketball and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

  • Jan Snoeijs FPGA and Embedded System Designer


    Jan holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from EPFL in Switzerland with a focus on digital micro-electronics systems. He explored the integration of deep learning methods on SoC-FPGA platforms for epileptic seizure prediction. Jan previously worked as a consultant for software development in the identification and IT security sector. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching sports, music and going out with friends.

  • Naomi Solomons PhD Intern


    Naomi graduated from Durham University in 2019 with an MSci in Natural Sciences (Maths and Physics). She is a second year student in the University of Bristol Quantum Engineering CDT, carrying out a PhD project on applications of Gaussian boson sampling under the supervision of Dr Dara McCutcheon. She is passionate about inclusion in STEM and recently won the Bristol Physics department equality and diversity prize. In her free time, she likes to play flute and sing in choirs.

  • Robin Sterling Senior Product Manager


    Robin completed a PhD in ion trap quantum computing, designing and operating the first microfabricated 2D ion trap lattice. After his PhD he moved into embedded hardware and software development, working on a range of high-volume consumer products. In his spare time, Robin likes to work on a variety of electronics projects, cycle and play board games.

  • Anthony Tabor General Counsel


    Anthony supports us on legal matters, leading the structuring and negotiation of Riverlane’s commercial relationships.

    Anthony has over 30 years’ experience gained in legal and commercial roles in the UK and internationally. He has worked for large firms such as Allen & Overy, Vodafone and Cisco as well as successful tech. start-ups, most notably, Ubiquisys Limited, where he helped to oversee a successful sale of the company to Cisco Systems in 2013. Anthony brings an entrepreneurial approach and is passionate about working in high performing teams to build company value for all stakeholders.

    Anthony holds a degree in law from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.  He is obsessed by golf as well as being a keen fly fisherman, hill walker and armchair cricket fan (his playing days, sadly being behind him).

  • Dan Underwood Senior Quantum Engineer


    Dan obtained a PhD in Physics from University College London, where he developed and used high-performance quantum chemistry methods to investigate the properties of atmospheric molecules. He has worked in a mixture of industrial and academic roles, most recently as a Research Associate in the Cambridge University Department of Computer Science and Technology. Outside work, Dan enjoys cycling, reading and music – though not all at the same time.

  • Alise Virbule Product Manager


    Alise has a PhD in Theory and Simulation of Materials from Imperial College London, where she modelled excitons in conjugated polymers and small molecules. During her time in academia she also took an active role in science communication and outreach activities. Alise joined the commercial tech world by working as a data analyst and later a product manager at an insuretech startup. In her free time she enjoys choral singing, reading books and going on walks.

  • Carlo Volpi Senior Programme Manager


    Carlo has over 15 years’ experience innovating how displays are connected to the devices we use every day. Once a software developer, he has worked across software, hardware and integrated circuits. Carlo enjoys bringing new products to market as product owner and program manager. Outside work, Carlo spends quality time with his family. He also dreams of having time to swim, cook and play games.

  • Mel Wheeler Executive Assistant


    Mel previously spent 4 years working as an executive assistant within the legal sector as well as volunteering for several environmental and animal welfare organisations. Mel holds a first-class honours degree in Criminology and is also currently studying part-time for a Master of Research degree in Criminology with a focus on environmental crime and the illegal wildlife trade. Mel lives in the Cambridgeshire countryside with her partner and rescue cat. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, painting and running an eco-living blog.

Board (6)

  • Amelia Armour Partner Amadeus Capital Partners
    Amelia Armour


    Amelia is a Principal in the Early Stage Fund at Amadeus Capital Partners with an investment focus of autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, cloud computing, digital health and medical technology.

    As well as sitting on the board of Riverlane she is Director at other technology companies including Paragraf, delivering the capabilities of graphene to the real world; Immense Simulations, an intelligent mobility enabling software company andSLAMcore, a spin-out from Imperial College, developing spatial intelligence for autonomous robotics and drones.

    Amelia holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biology from Durham University and is a mentor on the Judge Business School’s Accelerate Programme.

  • Stuart Chapman Managing Partner and Founder Draper Esprit
    Stuart Chapman


    Stuart was a Director of 3i Ventures in London before he co-founded Draper Esprit. He has over 25 years of venture capital experience in Europe and the US – including founding 3i US in Menlo Park, CA. Stuart was responsible for Esprit’s investments in Lagan Technology (sold to Verint), Redkite (sold to Nice) and Kiadis (sold to Sanofi). Stuart serves as a director with Netronome, Aircall, Resolver, Realeyes, Riverlane and Conversocial; and as observer with Graphcore and Crate.

    Before 3i, Stuart was involved in software and systems implementations for Midland Bank. He is a graduate of Loughborough University and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Loughborough School of Business.

  • Carol Cheung Principal Cambridge Innovation Capital
    Carol Cheung


    Carol is a Principal focusing on a range of technology investments.

    Prior to joining CIC she worked in a variety of roles at several UK-based early stage tech companies, most recently as Commercial Director of Speechmatics, a Cambridge-based speech recognition start-up. She has a background in financial analysis gained from working in both the UK and Canada. She holds a B. Comm from the University of Toronto, gained an MBA from the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and is a CFA charterholder.

    Carol manages CIC’s investment in Cytora and Geospock.

  • Hermann Hauser Venture Partner Amadeus Capital Partners
    Hermann Hauser


    In 2015 Hermann was awarded an KBE for services to Engineering and Industry.

    Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband.

    Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

    Hermann has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath, Anglia Ruskin, Strathclyde, Glasgow and York.

  • Dr Elaine Loukes Investment Director Cambridge Enterprise
    Dr Elaine Loukes


    Elaine is an Investment Director in the Seed Funds team, focusing on spin-out opportunities emerging from the physical sciences.

    Since joining Cambridge Enterprise, she has spun-out nine new companies and worked on several follow-on funding rounds. She has held many director positions and currently sits on the boards of PervasID, Intellegens, Sorex, Xampla and CB2Tech as well as being an observer of AudioTelligence and Riverlane.

    She has extensive experience in all stages of the investment process including due diligence, financial modelling, deal negotiation and investment management.

    Elaine has worked in early-stage tech investing since 2001. At Dresdner Kleinwort Capital, she sourced new investment opportunities and managed the direct-investment portfolio for early-stage tech deals as well as leading on a £2bn fund of funds secondary sale. At PUK Ventures she focused on early-stage tech opportunities emerging from the public sector and UK universities.

    Elaine has a BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (University of Strathclyde), a PhD in Physics (Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 2000.

    Elaine Joined Cambridge Enterprise in December 2015.

  • Andrew Williamson Managing Partner Cambridge Innovation Capital
    Andrew Williamson


    Andrew Williamson is the Managing Partner and specialises in technology investments.

    He has hands on experience of building technology businesses, coupled with a venture investing background and an understanding of Cambridge and its academic institutes.

    Prior to joining CIC, he was at True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300 million venture fund. Before this Andrew spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at venture capital funds Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.

    Andrew studied at the University of Cambridge as both an undergraduate and a graduate, receiving an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Physics. He also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Andrew manages CIC’s investments in Audio Analytic, AudioTelligence, Imagen, Origami Energy, PervasID, PragmatIC,, Riverlane, and Undo.

Advisors (4)

  • Dan Browne Professor of Physics University College London (UCL)
    Dan Browne


    Dan has over twenty years of experience in the development of quantum computing theory and leads a team at UCL. His research has spanned a range of topics, including architectures for quantum computing, such as measurement-based quantum computation, scalable approaches for quantum computing using photons of light and in fault-tolerant quantum computation to enable reliable quantum calculations even when the fragile quantum components are error-prone.

    Dan began his research in quantum computing during a DAAD pre-doctoral Fellowship at LMU Munich in 2000/01. He gained his PhD from Imperial College in 2004, after which he became a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. Dan joined UCL as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Professor in 2017.

    Dan coordinates a European research network on quantum error correction, and has a research leadership role in the UK National Hub on Quantum Computing and Simulation. Dan was Director of the EPRSC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies from 2015 to 2019.

  • Sir Richard Catlow, FRS Foreign Secretary and Vice-President The Royal Society
    Sir Richard Catlow, FRS


    Richard Catlow is developing and applying computer models to solid state and materials chemistry — areas of chemistry that investigate the synthesis, structure and properties of materials in the solid phase. By combining his powerful computational methods with experiments, Richard has made considerable contributions to areas as diverse as catalysis and mineralogy.

    His approach has also advanced our understanding of how defects — missing or extra atoms — in the structure of solids can result in non-stoichiometric compounds. Such compounds have special electrical or chemical properties since their contributing elements are present in slightly different proportions to those predicted by chemical formula.

    Richard’s work has offered insight into mechanisms of industrial catalysts, especially involving microporous materials and metal oxides. In structural chemistry and mineralogy. Simulation methods are now routinely used to predict the structures of complex solids and silicates, respectively, thanks to Richard’s demonstrations of their power.

    Richard was elected Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society in 2016.

  • Steve Crossan Venture Partner Independent
    Steve Crossan


    At Deepmind, Steve led the Product team responsible for putting DeepMind’s technology into Google – from data centre optimization to Google Assistant, autonomous vehicles and protein folding.  He joined DeepMind after almost ten years at Google working on the Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Search product teams.

    As well as advising Riverlane, Steve is VP of AI at GSK and a Venture Partner at firstminute capital focusing on AI and Deep Tech. In 2011, during the Arab Spring, he launched speak2tweet to open access to social media when the internet was cut off in several countries. Before all this he left a Ph.D. in AI at Sussex unfinished to start a series of startups including Runtime Collective which later became

  • Noah Linden Professor of Theoretical Physics in the School of Mathematics University of Bristol
    Noah Linden


    Noah has made major contributions to quantum information theory and quantum computation, including work on the foundations of quantum computation, quantum computational architectures, non-locality and entanglement. For example, he rigorously established the role of multi-partite entanglement as a resource for quantum computational speed-up; provided widely used tools for the study of quantum non-locality; and provided significant new insights into quantum mechanical features of thermodynamics.

    He is currently Director of the Bristol Quantum Information Institute: the Institute is the umbrella organisation for all quantum information and technology activities in the University of Bristol, across the entire spectrum from theory, experiment and training to commercialisation.

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  • Universal Quantum
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Bristol
  • JM
  • Oxford Ionics
  • Seeqc
  • OQC
  • Hitachi
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  • astex