Natural fiber welding
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Charles Willard

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May 23, 2019

Welds fibrous biomass into fiber and alternative leather materials

Developed a process that reformats fibrous biomass into either natural fibers or an alternative leather material; primarily utilizes virgin and recycled cotton for its fiber platform and vegetable or soybean oil with hemp and cork waste for its alternative leather material; the alternative leather ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

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May 23, 2019

Fuels and aromatic chemicals from ethanol, sugars, and lignocellulosic biomass

Virent is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation Converts bio-based feedstocks into fuels and aromatic chemicals via an aqueous-phase catalytic process; products are drop-in replacements for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals  Claims to be able to use the same catalytic systems... read more.
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Dowdupont
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Gihan Hewage

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May 23, 2019

During its 1Q 2019 Earnings Conference Call, DowDuPont announced it would consider selling a total of six businesses with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Four of the six businesses tie into sustainability, including DuPont's Biomaterials business, known for bio-based 1,3-propanediol (PDO) and ... read more.

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Cole McCollum

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May 23, 2019

Sensor for detecting vaping, smoking, and bullying

The company was started by CEO Derek Peterson; prior to starting the company, he was a VP of Business Development at IPS, a product engineering design firm. The company has not publicly disclosed any funding information. The company makes the FlySense 250, which is an alert system for detecting ... read more.
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Inivation
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Venkatesh Konanur

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May 23, 2019

Event-driven vision sensors

The company was started by CEO Kynan Eng, Tobi Delbruck, Rodney Douglas, and Sven-Erik Jacobsen in 2015; IniVation has not released funding details. Inivation offers event-driven vision sensors that are activated by motion in the frame, as opposed to continuously filming the entire scene; this helps... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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May 23, 2019

Develops products to improve crop nutrient use efficiency

The company was started by Paine & Partners as an investment platform for plant health and nutrition solutions, but through acquisitions and collaborations developed valuable products. To date, the company has raised about $40 million. The company makes a wide variety of products, including ... read more.
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Ion storage systems
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

May 22, 2019

Inorganic solid-state batteries with oxide-based electrolyte

Ion Storage Systems develops an oxide-based solid electrolyte and multilayer ceramics manufacturing process for high-power, high-energy solid-state batteries using lithium metal anodes and a variety of cathodes Demonstrated 6C lithium plating rates and 100 cycles without degradation or short-... read more.
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Gem
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Tim Grejtak

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May 22, 2019

End-of-life management of Li-ion batteries is a complex undertaking. With Li-ion battery deployment expected to quadruple over the next five years, largely driven by the transportation sector, major stakeholders like automakers are looking to near-term solutions to responsibly and profitably manage ... read more.

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Yarok
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

May 21, 2019

Pathogen detection system for food safety applications

Develops rapid pathogen detection test based on intracellular metabolism of bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli; currently not focusing on yeasts and mold detection Develops proprietary reagents and markers that, when applied to the food samples, result in intensification of ... read more.
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Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

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

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

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

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

Crude to chemicals: Bridging the gap between crude refining and petrochemicals

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The interest in crude-to-chemicals has rapidly grown in recent years with multiple integrated oil companies moving further into the downstream value chain. This report offers a landscape for the process, answering three questions: The various technologies C2C comprises of, the chemicals that can be produced, and the economics associated with the process.