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Mike Lazaridis And Doug Fregin Unveil $100 Million Quantum Valley Fund, Focusing On Commercializing Quantum Technology Breakthroughs

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, who together founded BlackBerry, announced today that they have partnered again to establish Quantum Valley Investments, a $100 million private fund that will provide financial and intellectual capital for the further development and commercialization of breakthroughs in Quantum Information Science.  Quantum Valley Investments is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

At the launch of the Quantum-Nano Centre in 2012, Mr. Lazaridis described the quantum research capability that has been developed in Waterloo as the "Bell Labs of the Twenty First Century."  He and Mr. Fregin believe that in the same way discoveries at Bell Labs led to commercialization opportunities that created Silicon Valley, so will the breakthroughs that occur at the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Waterloo Institute for Nano Technology lead to transformative commercialization opportunities in the Region. 

Mr. Lazaridis and Mr. Fregin believe that their investments and commercialization efforts will lead to new industries, jobs and value creation that will help transform the Waterloo Region into Canada's Quantum Valley.    

A few research labs around the world have begun a race in pursuit of transformative breakthroughs in quantum information science.  Because of the research capability that has been developed here in the last 12 years, the Waterloo Region has a unique opportunity to play a leading role in this global race.  Mr. Lazaridis and Mr. Fregin believe that the Quantum Valley Investment Fund will help ensure success in this endeavor. 

When asked why he and Mr. Fregin decided to lead this initiative, Mr. Lazaridis responded, "Nothing you see in the classical technology world can prepare you for what you will see in the quantum technology revolution. Doug and I have nearly 30 years' experience as inventors of the BlackBerry, creators of the smart phone industry and builders of Canada's largest global tech business.  We also have significant resources from our success in that business.  Our belief in the power of quantum physics to transform society inspired us to develop a strategy some 12 years ago that led to the world-class quantum research capability that exists in Waterloo today.  This combination of technology and business experience has given us a unique understanding and deep commitment that we believe will be instrumental to the success of both this Fund and the 'Quantum Valley'."

Mr. Fregin added, "Quantum Physics will not only allow us to continue the development of existing ideas, but may also lead to ones which we may not have dreamed of yet.  It gives me much satisfaction not only to participate in this endeavour with Mike, but also to help build on the groundwork that we have helped lay in Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology in this region, bringing commercialization one step closer to realization for the benefit of all people."

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