Andrew Dzurak

CEO & Founder, Diraq

Role: Investigator

Site: CDL-Melbourne

Stream: Prime

Andrew Dzurak is an innovator and entrepreneur in the global quantum technologies ecosystem, leading teams in both industry and academia. He is CEO and founder of Diraq, a full-stack quantum computing company employing the silicon CMOS qubits developed by his team at UNSW Sydney over the past two decades. Diraq officially launched in May 2022. Diraq is a graduate of the CDL-Toronto Quantum 2022/23 cohort.

In addition, Andrew is concurrently a Scientia Professor in quantum engineering at UNSW-Sydney, a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council, the ARC’s highest honour, and a member of the executive board of the Sydney Quantum Academy. Andrew holds a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and a bachelor’s (Hons and Medal) from the University of Sydney. Prior to launching Diraq, he was the foundational director (2007-2022) of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

Over 20 years ago, Andrew was also a key participant in the establishment of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computer Technology by Professor Bob Clark, which now maintains the world’s largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing.

Andrew, with colleague Andrea Morello, demonstrated the world’s first silicon quantum bits (qubits) in 2012, and over the past decade, has developed a naturally scalable qubit technology by reconfiguring the ubiquitous CMOS transistors that make up all of today’s silicon processor chips. This CMOS qubit technology underpins Diraq, which aims to redefine scalable quantum computing and bring practical commercial applications to the world via billions of qubits on single chip, compared to the hundreds of qubits that exist today.

Andrew has published over 200 research papers – just under 30 papers in Science and Nature group journals, and is listed as co-inventor on under 30 patents across 12 patent families.

His research team at UNSW is funded by Diraq through private equity and venture capital, together with the Australian Research Council and the U.S. Army Research Office.