D-Wave was founded in 1999 with the goal of making practical quantum computing a reality. For the first 5 years the company worked to gather intellectual property and ideas on how quantum computing might be accomplished. Unlike academic research projects, the focus was on how quantum computers could be designed, manufactured, and scaled. Key insights about how such a system could be built led to the decision to utilize and advance superconducting technology as the basis of the quantum computer.
While we are only at the beginning of this journey, quantum computing has the potential to help solve some of the most complex technical, scientific, national defense, and commercial problems that organizations face. We expect that quantum computing will lead to breakthroughs in science, engineering, modeling and simulation, healthcare, financial analysis, optimization, logistics, and national defense applications.