Michel Devoret joins Alice&Bob as a scientific advisor.

Posted on 12 October 2021

Alice&Bob, a leader in the development of a universal and fault-tolerant quantum computer, today announced the appointments of Michel Devoret as a scientific board member and advisor. Devoret is joining Alice&Bob to support the company tech roadmap as one of the originators of superconducting quantum computing – and someone who is philosophically in tune with Alice&Bob’s quality-first approach. 

Devoret is the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics, Yale University and is considered one of the inventors of the field of superconducting qubits and specifically cat-qubits, which is central to Alice&Bob’s approach. Devoret and his team pioneered the use of cat-qubits, publishing a breakthrough paper in Nature in 2020. Devoret was the recipient of the John Stewart Bell Prize, which he received jointly with Rob Schoelkopf in 2013.

Devoret said he is excited to see quantum research move from the laboratory – where he spent decades perfecting the approach – to real world applications. He also believes that Alice&Bob’s technology represents the most promising approach for impactful quantum computing. 

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of Michel joining our team, besides being an inspiration to our whole team, Michel was a key part in the invention of the whole field,” said Théau Peronnin, CEO of Alice&Bob. “We are extremely proud to have Michel among us and take this as a vote of confidence that we are headed in the right direction.”

About Alice&Bob

Alice&Bob aims to provide exponential quantum computing power across industries. 

Co-founded in February 2020, Alice&Bob was born from the meeting of two physicists from ENS Lyon and ENS Paris, Théau Peronnin and Raphaël Lescanne. By combining their thesis work, respectively on modular architecture and on the first prototype of a cat qubit, a new road to the universal quantum computer becomes possible. Today Alice&Bob has a 30-person talented team. Alice&Bob is supported by Elaia & Breega, CNRS, INRIA, ENS Paris, ENS Lyon, CEA, Les Mines ParisTech and Agoranov.

Press contact

Chloé Poisbeau, COO, chloe.poisbeau@alice-bob.com