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Aliro to make Quantum Computing accessible to any Developer

 Prof. Prineha Narang is co-founder and CTO of Aliro Technologies.

Today Aliro Technologies emerged from stealth with the closing of its $2.7 million seed round, led by Flybridge Capital Partners and including Crosslink Ventures and Samsung NEXT’s Q Fund. Aliro’s vision is to commercialize new software technologies that make today’s quantum hardware more accessible and useful for any coder, making hybrid classical-quantum programs the new standard. The company was spun out of Harvard’s quantum computing lab, co-founded by Prof. Prineha Narang, a luminary in quantum computing.

Aliro develops software, designed with a “write-it-once-run-anywhere” mentality” said co-founder Prof. Prineha Narang. “Aliro’s goal is to enable software developers using its hardware-independent, cloud-ready platform to take advantage of the power of quantum computing. The platform will facilitate composition and verification of quantum, as well as hybrid (classical-quantum), algorithms and enable their execution on the best quantum hardware for the job. Aliro’s software lowers the barrier to entry for early movers who want to leverage the amazing power of quantum computing. We’re excited to have the backing of the best in the business to help us achieve our goal.”

There are a proliferation of QC hardware technologies available today with the market set to reach $2.2 Billion by 2025, yet it remains in its infancy due to a lack of software to tie it together. Aliro’s software stack provides hardware independence, noise-awareness, and optimizations from the algorithm all the way down to the hardware, on one unified platform. With Aliro, any QC users, researchers or algorithm developers will have access to a development and execution platform that takes away the pain of variations felt with hardware-specific software and hardware optimizations.

Aliro will also provide a suite of technical tools such as validation schemes, visualizations, benchmarks, error-correcting codes, application-specific interfaces, and general performance improvements to empower software developers to execute algorithms more efficiently and more accurately, without the need for deep quantum expertise.

I have been working with the Aliro team for the past year and could not be more excited about the opportunity to help them build a foundational company in quantum computing software, “ said David Aronoff, General Partner at Flybridge. “Their innovative approach and unique combination of leading quantum researchers and a world-class, proven executive team, make Aliro a formidable player in this dynamic new sector.

Prof. Narang has been honored as one of Forbes’ “30 under 30 in Science” as well as MIT Tech Review’s “35 under 35 Innovators” She set up Aliro in Spring 2019 with two of her students and a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard to create a new software approach designed to hasten the arrival of “quantum value” — the point where classical software and solution developers can obtain incremental value by adding quantum computing to their current classical methods.

At Samsung NEXT we are focused on what the world will look like in the future, helping to make that a reality,” said Ajay Singh, Samsung NEXT’s Q Fund. “We were drawn to Prineha and her team by their impressive backgrounds and extent of research into quantum computing. We believe that Aliro’s unique software products will revolutionize the entire category, by speeding up the inflection point where quantum becomes as accessible as classical computing. This could have implications for drug discovery, materials development, chemistry, machine learning, logistics, and a range of optimization problems. Aliro’s ability to map quantum circuits to heterogeneous hardware in an efficient way will be truly transformative and we’re thrilled to be on this journey with them.”

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