Cambridge based startup Riverlane has recently raised $20m in its first major fundraiser. They are involved in developing a universal operating system (OS) for quantum computers. Quantum computers are a potentially very powerful tool ideal for use in certain chemical simulations. They could help speed up innovation in all kinds of chemical development processes, pharmaceuticals being one of the most notable. This OS is designed to make quantum computing more user friendly and could be a significant step towards commercialisation of the technology.

Quantum computing, in general, is an area of significant interest. With almost a quarter of the world’s quantum computer manufacturers based in and around Cambridge, the UK is a world leader in the area. This makes the field as a whole, certainly one to watch for enticing future investment opportunities.