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Advancing quantum with lasers made in Scotland – M Squared’s Graeme Malcolm

Advancing quantum with lasers made in Scotland – M Squared’s Graeme Malcolm

This week’s UKTN Podcast guest is M Squared founder and CEO Dr Graeme Malcolm, who discusses the quantum computing market, Glasgow’s growing tech sector, and tips for US expansion.  

Founded in 2006 by Malcolm and Dr Gareth Maker, M Squared develops laser technologies for a variety of use cases, such as quantum, biophotonics and chemical sensing. Its tech has been deployed across multiple sectors, including in space to calibrate payloads for satellites part of Europe’s Copernicus programme. The company is headquartered in Glasgow and has a presence in the US.

“In Glasgow just now there’s light technology, space technologies, life sciences technology, there’s a very vibrant scene here,” says Malcolm.

Elsewhere on this episode of the UKTN Podcast, Malcolm gives his view on the UK’s national quantum strategy.

“You don’t wake up one day with a quantum industry,” he tells UKTN Podcast host Jane Wakefield. “It needs long, careful kind of planning.”

Malcolm, who studied laser physics and optoelectronics at Strathclyde University followed by PhD research into compact solid-state lasers, has secured over 400 patents. He was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to science and innovation.

He was also Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Amazon Growing Business Awards.  

Listen to the full episode here, along with all previous episodes of the UKTN Podcast.

The UKTN Podcast is sponsored by HSBC Innovation Banking, which offers flexible banking solutions for startups, scaleups, growth businesses, investors and those working towards IPO.

Throughout the series, the UKTN Podcast will be speaking to some of the key movers and shakers from UK tech. We’ll learn growth strategies from both seasoned and up-and-coming founders, hear market sentiments from investors, and question policymakers on the decisions impacting the country’s innovation economy.

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