LuxQuanta, an ICFO spin-off with an industrial PhD, wins the National Research Award for its innovation in quantum cryptography

· LuxQuanta, a spin-off of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), has been awarded the National Research Award for its innovation in quantum cryptography. · Its quantum key distribution (QKD) technology promises to revolutionize data security in an increasingly digital world. · The company, which started an Industrial Doctorates project in 2022 to improve the maximum distance of QKD systems, is leading the way towards a future where data security is guaranteed.
The director of KTT Silvia Carrasco, Valeri Pruneri as ICFO researcher and Vanessa Granullaque as CEO of LuxQuanta, all three received the National Research Award in the category of National Innovation Award for the Creation of a Science-Based Company.
The director of KTT Silvia Carrasco, Valeri Pruneri as ICFO researcher and Vanessa Granullaque as CEO of LuxQuanta, all three received the National Research Award in the category of National Innovation Award for the Creation of a Science-Based Company.

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, LuxQuanta, a leading company in the field of cryptography, received the National Research Award in the category of National Innovation Award for the Creation of a Science-Based Company. The spin-off of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) received the prestigious award from the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and the Minister of the Department of Research and Universities, Joaquim Nadal. The award was collected by the director of KTT, Silvia Carrasco, Valeri Pruneri as ICFO researcher and Vanessa Granullaque as CEO of LuxQuanta. This recognition comes thanks to its innovative solution that promises to change the way we protect our communications: quantum key distribution (QKD). This distinction comes one year after LuxQuanta started the Industrial Doctorate project "Quantum distribution of cryptographic keys for long communication distances".

LuxQuanta was established on May 13, 2021 with the mission of developing, researching and commercializing quantum communications technologies for data security in optical communications. Its technology is based on research developed in the Optoelectronics group at ICFO over more than 5 years as part of several European and local projects. In 2022, LuxQuanta started the Industrial Doctorate project "Quantum distribution of cryptographic keys for long communication distances", with Samael Sarmiento Hernández as tutor in the company, Hugues De Riedmatten as thesis director and Pol Adillon I Albero as industrial doctoral student.

Luxquanta, an ICFO spin-off with an Industrial PhD on quantum cryptography, wins the National Research Award in the category of National Innovation Award for the Creation of a Science-Based Company.

The technology developed by LuxQuanta has the potential to revolutionize telecommunications security. In a world where information is power, the ability to protect data is crucial. With QKD, LuxQuanta is providing a solution that is not only secure today, but also ready for tomorrow's challenges. The results of the project and LuxQuanta in general are promising. Its QKD systems not only offer long-term data protection, but are also future-ready, as they are resistant even against the powerful quantum computers that are expected to be developed in the next decade. In this line there are Industrial Doctorate projects such as the company Qilimanjaro.

With this innovation, LuxQuanta is leading the way towards a future where data security is guaranteed, not only by today's technology, but also by tomorrow's. As we continue to move towards an increasingly digital world, the importance of quantum cryptography will only continue to grow. We will keep an eye on future developments in this exciting field. With a multidisciplinary research team and a strong focus on research and development, LuxQuanta is well positioned to lead this cybersecurity revolution. This national recognition is a testament to his hard work and dedication to innovation in the field of data security.