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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Southeast Asia presents a tantalizing yet challenging opportunity for the food industry. The region contains 10 countries, all within a 2,000 km radius and with some of the highest and lowest GDPs per capita in the world. Singapore sits at the high end, with $65,000 per capita, while Myanmar sits at... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

Produces animal proteins using synthetic biology techniques

Produces fermentation-derived animal proteins by employing synthetic biology techniques; product pipeline consists of six different animal proteins across four different animal types, having produced certain proteins up to the scale of 1,000-liter fermenters Plans to engage in a business-to-business... read more.
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Sara Olson

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Countertop steam oven and complementary meal delivery service

The company was founded by David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox, current CEO and CTO, respectively; the company was founded with the name Maestro, but rebranded as Tovala in January 2016 on its entry into the Y-Combinator. To date, the company has raised about $19 million in publicized fundraising, ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Immobilized microorganisms for sugar reduction in fruit juices

Develops immobilized microorganisms for the bioconversion of monosaccharides and disaccharides in fruit juices into nondigestible forms; continuous process claims to result in 30% to 80 % reduction in sugar So far, raised about €570,000 funding backed by The Kitchen FoodTech Hub incubator and is ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Upcycles soybean-derived pulp into a high-protein, high-fiber flour

The company was started by Claire Schlemme, who also started a juice bar business in Boston, Massachusetts. So far, the company has raised about $2.5 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we highlight HG Ventures. The company is a developer of a high-protein, high-fiber flour from okara, ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

Sensor and data integration to optimize processes from growth to harvest to shipping

The company was started by the cloud consultancy 9apps. To date, the company has raised about $5.5 million, including a 2019 Series A and two seed rounds in 2016. Among its investors, we emphasize SHIFT Invest and Rabo F&A Innovation. The company makes ZENSIE, a sensor-integrated dashboard that ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

As the crop trait discovery and development industry gains momentum (see recent news from Inari, Benson Hill Biosystems, and Cibus) thanks in large part to advances in technologies capable of reading, writing, and editing the genome, technologies capable of rapidly and comprehensively measuring the ... read more.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu

The Future of Mobility

August 17, 2019

Bus-hailing platform on designated routes

The company was started by Usman Gul, a former strategy and enterprise partnership manager at on-demand food delivery company DoorDash. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.2 million publicly, with the recent seed round in August 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Fatima Gobi ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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August 16, 2019

Low-hazard synthetic and modified acids for oil and gas applications

Provides modified and synthetic acid compositions as low-hazard alternatives to conventional hydrochloric acid (HCl) for oil and gas applications; claims advantages in safety, performance, and costs During a four-well test pilot, Imperial Oil observed a 480% increase in production while reducing ... read more.
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Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Bioinformatics in Agrifood and Health

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The availability and production of biological data continues to grow as next generation analyses become more cost effective. While bioinformatic solutions are not new to the biotech industry, they are often shrouded in the jargon of genomics and computer science while fundamentally changing the roles this data across the Agrifood and Health Ecosystem. This report clearly defines bioinformatics, explores the current landscape of available tools, differentiates developers, and lays of the future opportuntiies for these solutions.

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have traditionally been reliant on biomarkers that require specialized conditions and trained personnel to handle. First-generation POCDs also offer limited utility in the information they provide, and more follow-up tests are often needed to get more in-depth, actionable information. A new generation of POCDs is emerging that not only enhances what existing POCDs can do, but also offers new diagnostic modalities that are minimally invasive or non-invasive. In addition, POCD 2.0 increasingly allow the layperson to run tests at the convenience of his/her homes and get a rapid assessment, allowing follow-up steps to be taken to address any deviations. This report will assess the maturity of POCD 2.0 and how these diagnostics are playing a role not just in the clinic and in at-home-use for patients, but also among healthy consumers, offering predictive analytics that ensure consumers stay on a healthy path.