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IonQ Joins University of Maryland Quantum Startup Foundry, Receives National Innovation Award


Sara Gavin

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.--IonQ, Inc. (IonQ) (NYSE: IONQ), the leading developer of quantum computing devices born out of research at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Duke University, becomes the newest member of the Quantum Startup Foundry at UMD. This collaboration builds upon a strong partnership and a shared commitment between IonQ and UMD to accelerate cutting-edge quantum technologies and develop a thriving quantum ecosystem in the region.

The announcement coincides with the news that IonQ has received the 2021 Innovation Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). This award is given annually to the business or nonprofit institution located in a research park, science park or innovation district, which has brought forward one or more proprietary products, processes or services that represent a substantial technological breakthrough or have the potential for a significant positive impact on the economics, health or welfare of humanity overall.

"The world's most complex problems require the world's most innovative solutions — and that's what we set out to create with IonQ" said Peter Chapman, President and CEO of IonQ. "We're honored to receive the Innovation Award as it marks another exciting milestone for our quantum community, and for our partnership with the University of Maryland where College Park is truly emerging as the Silicon Valley of Quantum. Working together, we're creating tangible solutions to challenges that matter, and we're just getting started."

IonQ, headquartered in College Park in the UMD Discovery District, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange October 1 under the ticker NYSE: IONQ.

The University of Maryland has long been a global center of excellence in quantum science and computing and housed one of the laboratories out of which IonQ emerged. The university is home to more than 200 quantum-focused researchers and seven centers, including the new National Quantum Lab at Maryland (Q-Lab) established as a result of the university’s ongoing partnership with IonQ. The Q-Lab will be the nation’s first user facility that enables the scientific community to pursue world-leading research through hands-on access to a commercial-grade quantum computer and will be located at IonQ’s headquarters in College Park.

“Welcoming IonQ into the QSF at the University of Maryland is just a natural fit given the history between the two organizations and how well we work together,” said Julie Lenzer, Director of the QSF and Chief Innovation Officer at UMD. “Additionally, I’m thrilled the AURP is recognizing IonQ’s leadership for being the trail blazers they are and we’re so proud to have them right here in the Capital of Quantum.”

About the QSF at UMD:

Located in the Washington, DC metro area, the Quantum Startup Foundry at the University of Maryland offers the perfect landing and launch spot for quantum companies. The QSF’s TraQtion program is a market accelerator that leverages UMD quantum centers, the Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA) and other partnerships to connect companies with large government contractors for technology validation and potential customers looking for quantum and quantum-enabling technologies. The Pre-TraQtion program is designed for earlier-stage quantum and enabling technology startups that are looking for grant funding opportunities. Learn more at

About IonQ:

IonQ, Inc. is a leader in quantum computing, with a proven track record of innovation and deployment. IonQ’s next-generation quantum computer is the world’s most powerful trapped-ion quantum computer, and IonQ has defined what it believes is the best path forward to scale. IonQ is the only company with its quantum systems available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Christopher Monroe and Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of pioneering research. To learn more, visit

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