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June 6, 2023

Quantum-Si unveils new Branford headquarters

PHOTO | 29 Business Park Dr., Branford.
IMAGE | CONTRIBUTED Quantum Si Inc.’s Platinum next-generation single-molecule protein sequencing platform.

Medical technology company Quantum-Si Inc. debuted its new 29,420-square-foot headquarters in Branford Tuesday.

The Guilford-born company’s new home is at 29 Business Park Drive, Suite C.

The company signed a seven-year lease for the site, according to Will Braun, commercial sales and leasing associate with O,R&L Commercial in Branford. The lease secures the business’ presence in the shoreline town through at least 2029.  Financial terms of the lease were not disclosed.

Quantum-Si CEO Jeff Hawkins said the company’s roots and relationships are here, and it wants to continue to build and grow locally.

“Our new headquarters reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to job opportunities and innovation alongside the local community,” Hawkins said. “We believe New Haven County is the perfect strategic location to attract world-class scientific talent as we seek to grow our teams. We look forward to leading the expansion of the life sciences industry in Connecticut.”

Gov. Ned Lamont was among the dignitaries who planned to attend the grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning. 

Quantum-Si anticipates employing more than 100 workers at the Branford facility, which it moved into in April. It is a larger space for the company, allowing it to increase its operations. 

The new headquarters building features space for biochemistry, protein engineering and software teams, with laboratories, offices and collaboration areas such as huddle and meeting rooms.

Jonathan Rothberg, a serial entrepreneur who founded Quantum-Si in 2013 and serves as its board chairman, said Quantum-Si now has the facilities it needs to grow.

This past fall, Quantum-Si made its “Platinum” technology, powered by a semiconductor chip, commercially available. Platinum provides single-molecule protein sequencing, and the technology can be used for proteomic research to advance drug discovery and health diagnostics, according to the company. 

“Next-generation protein sequencing will be critical for the discovery of a new wave of precision therapies, and I am proud to see this work being done in the community I call home,” Rothberg said.

Platinum costs $70,000, and at a size of about 19.5 inches by 8.5 inches, it can fit on a benchtop. According to the company, in the past proteomics technology involved larger and more expensive machinery.

Branford has attracted multiple bioscience companies and development. Also Tuesday morning, Lamont planned to tour the future home of HealthTech Park in Branford. The 120-acre vacant parcel, formerly Bittersweet Farm, is slated to be developed into a 500,000 square-foot campus for life science and healthcare manufacturing companies, featuring laboratories and research and development facilities.

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