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ID Quantique has been pioneering commercial applications of Quantum technologies since the company was founded in Geneva in 2001. Today the company employs more than 100 employees around the world and has kept its pioneering spirit of its early days.

Before we look ahead, let’s take a look back at the journey and some of our biggest moments.

How did it all begin?

ID Quantique founders, Professor Nicolas Gisin and CEO Gregoire Ribordy, reflect on 20 Years of Quantum Innovation, from how they started the company to keeping the pioneering spirit alive for the next 20 years and beyond!

What our people say

Shaping the future

We’ve done a lot in 20 years, from being considered “crazy” in 2001, to global leaders in 2021.

Throughout the years, ID Quantique has been leading the advancement of quantum science, empowering quantum physicists and quantum photonics researchers to take their experiments to the next level.

We are also a market leader in the commercial applications of Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). Our solutions secure data in motion, making it invulnerable to brute force attacks. now and for the long-term future.

Thanks to twenty years of evangelization and tremendous progress in the global quantum technology landscape, such technologies have been demonstrated to be the way to build a more secure, safer future. The beauty of these great leaps is that they allow us to picture and start building the one application that brings all quantum research together: the Quantum internet.

This is the Holy Grail of quantum technologies, where quantum computing, sensing and communications working together to achieve unprecedented information security, while opening a new world of innovations and unlimited possibilities.


20 Years of Quantum Innovation


Grégoire Ribordy
CEO and co-founder of ID Quantique

“Back in 2001, we had to be innovative and we
strongly believed the future would be quantum.
Seeing how quantum technologies have imposed
themselves in today’s society is an exciting
confirmation of our 20-year-old vision. It is a
privilege to be helping to build the safe and
secure future that we all deserve.”

20 Years of Quantum Innovation


Axel Foery
EVP Quantum-Safe Security, ID Quantique

“We believe the Quantum Decade will be a leap
forward for the operational use of quantum
technologies, with even greater impact than
the Internet in the ‘90s. 2021 is the tipping
point, where we will see Quantum technology
improving cloud security massively. It’s an
exciting time for everyone at IDQ and a cause
for great celebration in our 20th anniversary year.”



20 Years of Quantum Innovation


Marc Niklès
EVP Quantum Sensing, ID Quantique

“Over 20 years of pioneering single-photon
detection, we have helped academic research
teams develop new ideas and concepts to
solve complex scientific problems.
Today, we continue to challenge optical sensing
performance by advancing the frontiers of
single-photon science and applications.
In the next decade, I can see a broader
adoption of photon-counting systems in a
variety of industrial applications such as life
sciences, defense, automotive as well as
continued academic research.”



The next 20 years

We would love to hear where you, our customers and partners, think Quantum technologies will take us in the next 20 years.

Please send us a message with your thoughts on the future of Quantum.

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