Roche taps into quantum computing software for Alzheimer’s disease research

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Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be stubbornly difficult to unravel, but Roche aims to tap into a new tool that promises to accelerate the process: the quantum computer.  Through a multi-year partnership with the U.K.’s Cambridge Quantum Computing, the Swiss drugmaker’s task force plans to explore the nascent technology’s potential for designing and delivering new therapeutic compounds.  The partnership follows a similar endeavor launched earlier this year between Google and Boehringer Ingelheim, which plans to staff its own quantum laboratory as part of the Big Pharma’s digital transformation. Google has also been developing its own quantum hardware, in the Sycamore processor, which it says has outperformed so-called “classical” supercomputers. While typical machines use the binary system of 1s and 0s to solve...

New cloud computing ETF taps into fast-growing universe

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The global population has a reported 25 billion devices connected online around the world today – that’s three per person – whether it’s via your phone, thermostat or maybe even your fridge. And there is little doubt that remote working has resulted in a surge of demand for software. Lala said: “DocuSign is a great example of software as a service infrastructure that we need during this type of environment. The amount of data that's been moving to the cloud since COVID kicked in has been pretty significant. For our business, there’s Salesforce, which is cloud-based software and Zoom, of course, which has become instrumental to our lives. Then think about Disney+, Netflix … that's cloud computing. “What’s interesting is it’s become a foundation for a long-term behavioural shift, I believe. We’ve gotten used to this...