• Technical Conference:  04 – 09 May 2025
  • The CLEO Hub: 06 – 08 May 2025

Quantum Leap or Letdown: Examining the Business Case for Quantum Technologies

Wednesday, 08 May 10:30 – 12:00
The CLEO Hub Theater

This panel discussion will explore the viability of a (profitable) commercial quantum marketplace emerging within the next five years. The panel will include prominent representatives from the quantum hardware space, funding agencies, academia and working groups, exploring the potential for a burgeoning business case for this sector in the near term. The key question to be addressed is: Will we soon experience a quantum winter or a quantum spring?


Garrett Cole, Manager, Thorlabs Crystalline Solutions, USA

Daniel Renner, Principal, Atacama Optics & Electronics, USA


Justin Cohen, Program Manager, DARPA MTO, USA

Scott Davis, CEO, Vescent Photonics, USA

Klea Dhimitri, Applications Engineer and Quantum Lead, Hamamatsu, USA

Fred Kish, Distinguished M.C. Dean Professor of ECE, Director NCSU Nanofabrication Facility, NC State University, USA

Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director QED-C, SRI, USA

Mark Tolbert, President TOPTICA Photonics Inc., USA