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Grant to fast-track revolutionary laser work

Wednesday July 31st, 2019

Pioneering photonics and quantum technology company M Squared Lasers will create 24 new jobs, including 18 new highly-skilled scientific roles, with a £2.9million Research and Development (R&D) Grant from Scottish Enterprise.lab research

The funding will support Glasgow-based M Squared’s £7 million project to accelerate its cutting-edge research programme and help fulfil the potential of Scotland’s quantum industry, and enhance its ability to compete globally. Scottish Enterprise will work closely with M Squared to help develop the wider photonics and quantum sectors in Scotland.

M Squared’s lasers produce the world’s purest light to enable scientific progress and power industry – helping to address some of society’s greatest challenges. Its laser systems are working to realise the potential of the coming quantum age, improve healthcare and provide the scientific understanding to help halt climate change.

The funding will help to accelerate M Squared’s world-class programme of laser and photonics systems development. This includes its work in quantum technology, where the company is developing systems to detect hidden objects and navigate our planet, in biophotonics, where it is creating systems to help detect, diagnose and treat brain disease, and in chemical sensing, where it is developing applications for detecting threats and oil and gas leaks.

Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said:

“Scotland has a long tradition of being at the forefront of scientific and technological advances, and our investment will ensure this continues.

“M Squared is a company we can take great pride in – their innovation has led not only to an incredible rate of growth for the company, but also to enabling technological development in many fields including medicine, space technology and advanced manufacturing.

“The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target of doubling business expenditure on research and development to £1.7billion by 2025 and Scottish Enterprise support is key in helping firms such as M Squared to deliver that progress.”

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