Oct 5, 2022
We analysed the global research landscape associated with the application of quantum technologies to the life sciences, focussing on quantum computers and simulators. We highlighted current developments and trends, opportunities and challenges, and initiatives and activities to help enable the ecosystem in the future. We carried out the research using a detailed literature review, stakeholder interviews and a comprehensive scientometric analysis.
Quantum technologies are expected to lead to new products and services having potentially transformative impacts across many sectors. However, despite the numerous opportunities, the development and application of quantum technologies also pose several challenges that will need to be addressed if the benefits of the technologies are to be fully realised.
This report analyses the landscape associated with the development and adoption of quantum technologies in the life sciences sector with a particular focus on quantum computers and quantum simulators. Through a detailed literature review, interviews with a range of stakeholders and a comprehensive scientometric analysis, the work examines the key trends and the challenges and opportunities associated with the application of quantum computers and simulators to the life sciences. The work synthesises evidence — both qualitative and quantitative — on various aspects associated with the global quantum computers and simulators and life sciences research ecosystem including growing research areas and key countries, institutions, companies and funders that are engaged in emerging quantum computer and simulator research. The research presented in this report will be of interest to a range of stakeholders including those in academia and industry, policymakers and more generally to anyone interested in the development, adoption and impact of emerging technologies.
What is this study about?
What are some of the general trends observed in the wider quantum technology ecosystem?
What are the current developments associated with the application of quantum computers and simulators to the life sciences?
What are the potential opportunities and challenges associated with the application of quantum computers and simulators to the life sciences?
How are initiatives being adopted globally to strengthen the quantum technology R&I ecosystem?
Concluding remarks and future outlook
Detailed description of methods
Supplementary evidence associated with the analyses