Entrepreneurship at the Quantum Technology Frontier
In today’s article we are bringing you the story of Yuri Andersson, who will join us on the Second Collisions virtual stage next weekend! Yuri’s memories of CERN go way back to the 90s and in this short article he reflects on the significance of entrepreneurship in translating scientific discoveries into practical real-life tools.
“I was at CERN in 1994, back in the days when the LHC was still being built. I spent a year at the Beam Diagnostics Group at the PS Booster working on improving the sensitivity of the beam monitoring instruments needed for the LHC. I had a very cool lab set-up to carry out measurements to evaluate properties of different magnetic materials for the beam current transformers. So that was a lot of fun! And to know that I made some small contribution is also very satisfying.
I am now based in London, and work with a portfolio of deep tech startups in a variety of roles, from very hands-on executive roles to more strategic roles on company boards. I also helped set up the UK's Quantum Technologies Enterprise Centre, where I am Entrepreneur-in-Residence. From there, we've spun out 27 companies over the last four years, who have collectively raised over €70 million in funding, so it's been a very successful programme.
To have been at CERN was an incredible privilege. It is a unique place where great minds can meet in a very stimulating and open environment. The fact you can rub shoulders with Nobel prize winners while having your lunch in the canteen and to be working on some of the most cutting-edge science and technology in the world is unparalleled. My CERN experience has given me a great deal of confidence in interacting with the top scientists that I come across in my entrepreneurial activities.”
The theme of the Second Collisions event is Research Matters, and all of our CERN Alumni speakers will talk about the positive impact they have on society through their work. Yuri shares his thoughts on how his work is having such an impact.
“I believe science and technology can be a force for good in society and I also believe that entrepreneurship is possibly the most powerful vehicle for science and technology to be translated into practical and useful products and services that can benefit the wider population outside of academia.”
Second Collisions is a fantastic way to reconnect to a very special place, and hopefully also to give something back. There will be people at CERN today, where I was all those years ago, thinking about what to do next in their career, and to give them some ideas or even some inspiration would be a great outcome.
I look forward to continuing my journey with CERN - and would love to connect with all those aspiring entrepreneurs!”
If you still don’t have your ticket, register by 30 September and join us live via our virtual CERN platform that will host our event from 1 to 3 October: https://alumni.cern/page/secondcollisions
Looking forward to reconnecting with you soon!