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Tugce Uslu

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April 25, 2019

Metal 3D printing using metal feedstock with a water-based binding agent

The company was started by Dan Gelbart in 2015; Dan is the former CTO of Creo, which was acquired by Kodak. The company has developed a solvent-free material extrusion-based metal 3D printing technology; its solution comprises a 3D printer and a sintering furnace; the 3D printer comes with two print... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

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April 25, 2019

Building materials made from demolition and construction waste

The company was founded by Tom van Soest and Ward Massa; the concept came from Tom's student project focused on upcycling urban waste at the Design Academy Eindhoven. The company makes bricks from construction and demolition waste (CDW); the bricks come in five standard sizes, three surface textures... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

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April 25, 2019

Multipurpose electrophoretic signage

CladNetwork combines E Ink monochrome and colored electrophoretic technology with proprietary hardware and software components to develop digital signage solutions in a 32" weather-resistant form factor Claims differentiation in display size, price, and flexible software solution that is compatible ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

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April 25, 2019

AI-powered software platform for new food and beverage product development

Developing an AI-powered software platform, dubbed "Genesis," to provide data-driven inspiration for new food and beverage product development Will license software to those responsible for new food and beverage product development (focusing on the U.S. and Canada market) Claims to have done a pilot... read more.
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Holly Havel

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April 23, 2019

Digital workflows for well automation and data collection

Develops integrated hardware and software platform for controlled automation of all process equipment and associated workflow management in a well pad for natural flowing wells, pump-extracted wells, and plunger-lifted wells Differentiates from competitors with configuration-based programming and ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

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April 22, 2019

Slow-release fertilizer production from organic waste

The company was started by Jeffrey Burnham, who was previously the CTO of Unified Environmental Services Group, VP of N-Viro International, and founder of BioCheck Laboratories; Anuvia Plant Nutrients was formerly known as VitAG Corporation. To date, the company has raised about $193 million in ... read more.
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Anthony Vicari

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April 22, 2019

Moldable and recyclable thermoset carbon fiber reinforced composites

Develops malleable and recyclable thermoset carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) The company has moved away from sporting goods and now targets drone blades and secondary aerospace structures as initial applications Qualified its compression molding process with subminute process times with ... read more.
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April 22, 2019

Hydrophobic hard-coat anti-icing films for automotive applications

Developed a transparent polymer film containing its hydrophobic coating and an integrated hard topcoat called "ExoShield" Automotive windshield anti-icing films are the company's primary application; claims a typical film lifetime of at least two years to five years in this application Sells its ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

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April 22, 2019

Autonomous soil sampling robot

Develops a Bobcat-mounted autonomous soil sampling robot that uses georeferencing for consistent core sampling; the robot is called SmartCore SmartCore can sample about 80 acres to 90 acres on a 2.5-acre grid every hour and hold up to 200 samples The company claims SmartCore eliminates 20% of ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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April 22, 2019

Autonomous construction vehicles

CEO Noah Ready-Campbell and Andrew Liang founded Built Robotics in 2016; in October 2017, the company raised $15 million in a Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. The company is a developer of autonomous software and hardware for earthmoving construction vehicles, including dozers, excavators... read more.
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Quantum Sensors

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Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

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Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

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Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Synbio Partnership Landscape

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Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

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Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

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Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.