M Squared has developed an advanced laser system that creates continuous-wave, tunable, precision light on an unparalleled small scale - it is the world's purest light for science and industry. Used by over 200 organisations in 30 countries, SolsTiS represents a step-change in Titanium:Sapphire laser technology. Playing a fundamental role in tackling climate change, SolsTiS was used to calibrate Tropomi, the spectrometer onboard the European Space Agency's Sentinel 5P satellite which is now able to observe and map critical atmospheric pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide. In healthcare, the applications of this precision light allow progress in the non-invasive study of cancers and degenerative diseases including dementia, motor neurone disease and Parkinson's.

M Squared is a world leader in quantum technology - SolsTiS is so precise that it is used by almost every laboratory developing quantum atomic clocks, including the world's most accurate clock at NIST in the US. SolsTiS is also central to some of the most advanced quantum computing research at the universities of Innsbruck, Wisconsin and Oxford, enabling a radical technological shift from digital to quantum. It is also driving a range of UK commercial firsts, including a quantum accelerometer which could replace GPS.

The nominated team members are: Dr Gareth Maker, CTO and Co-founder; Dr Graeme Malcolm OBE FREng, CEO and Co-founder and Dr Simon Munro, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer.

MacRobert Award judge, Professor Gordon Masterton DL OBE FREng FRSE, on M Squared:

“M Squared has developed photonic and quantum technologies that enable new applications and industries - addressing some of society’s greatest challenges. It is a superb example of a startup company built on engineering ingenuity and skills of the highest levels. Its growth is making a positive difference to the new knowledge-based economy that is so important to the West of Scotland’s transformation from its heavy industrial past.”