From Lab to Market: Turning Quantum Research to Real-Life Impact | SGInnovate
April 11 2019


BASH, Level 3,
Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent,
Singapore 139955


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From Lab to Market: Turning Quantum Research to Real-Life Impact

Presented by SGInnovate and Entrepreneur First

Quantum Computing will ultimately revolutionise the future economy and many different industries. It is a high-stakes race towards achieving the quantum advantage, whereby quantum computers would be able to crunch data faster than traditional computers and solve problems that are currently unsolvable.  

Technology companies like IBM and Google are major players in cutting-edge quantum computers that will radically disrupt various industries. However, there are many advantages for entrepreneurs and startups in the field to bring their research out to the market to impact the quantum computing scene. 

In this panel discussion, our scientist-entrepreneurs will share insights on the risks and advantages in bringing their startups into the competition, as well as their successes and failures that brought them to where they are today.  

Date: 11 April 2019, Thursday 
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Venue: BASH, Level 3, Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139955 

5:30pm – 6:00pm:
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion 
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking


  • Tommaso Demarie, CEO & Co-Founder, Entropica Labs
  • Shabnam Safaei, Founder-in-Residence, Entrepreneur First
  • Si-Hui Tan, CSO, Horizon Quantum Computing


  • Jeremy Youker, Director of Venture Building, SGInnovate

Speakers' Profiles:

Tommaso Demarie, CEO & Co-Founder, EntropicaLabs

Tommaso Demarie is a quantum information theorist with more than 8 years experience in quantum computing. He holds a PhD from Macquarie University, Australia, and is an alumni of Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies. Tommaso is the CEO and co-founder of Entropica Labs, a startup building advanced computational tools to address the hardest problems in molecular biology.

Shabnam Safaei, Founder-in-Residence, Entrepreneur First

Shabnam has received her PhD in Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. After couple of postdocs in Iran and Turkey, she moved to Singapore in late 2013 and worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) in NUS. Since January 2019 she has joined Entrepreneur First here in Singapore to found a deep-tech company. 

Si-Hui Tan, CSO, Horizon Quantum Computing

Si-Hui Tan is the Chief Science Officer at Horizon Quantum Computing and a Visiting Professor of the Niels Bohr International Academy at the University of Copenhagen. Prior to joining Horizon, she was a researcher for five years at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and for three years at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute. 

Tan holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Physics from Caltech and PhD in Physics from MIT. Her research interest is in quantum information science, which lies at the intersection of quantum mechanics and information theory. Tan has pioneered novel protocols that provides enhancements by harnessing quantum mechanical features, including cryptographic primitives for quantum networks and sensing primitives for quantum radar. She has co-authored 19 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

In addition to her research pursuits, Tan is active in public service. She co-founded the SUTD Postdoc Society and served as its President for a year. She is currently a member and elected Treasurer of the Zonta Club of Copenhagen Multicultural, which empowers women through service and advocacy.


Moderator's Profile:

Jeremy Youker, Director of Venture Building, SGInnovate

Jeremy Youker is a Director with SGInnovate focusing on Venture Building with deep tech startups. Beginning his career as an engineer with Boeing Satellite Systems, Jeremy has a diverse experience with over nearly two decades of working in engineering, ops, BD and VC roles, across markets in the US, Europe, China, and South East Asia. Jeremy moved to Singapore specifically to work with startups and was most recently the COO of a robotics and AI startup before joining SGInnovate.

Topics: Quantum Technologies, Startup and Corporate Open Innovation