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Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

April 16, 2019

As we described in a recent report, many of today's applications of AI involve supervised pattern recognition capabilities like image classification or speech recognition. Moving beyond these capabilities to more complex human tasks requires higher levels of reasoning and planning to not just ... read more.

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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 16, 2019

Last month, Lux co-organized the Materials Informatics for Industry conference with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) at Northwestern University. NIST is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the lead ... read more.

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Alex Herceg

Digital Transformation

April 16, 2019

Lux Research recently attended the Open Mobility Conference in Brussels, co-organized by the TravelSpirit Foundation and MaaS Alliance. The event sought to bring together transport authorities, operators, technology providers, and infrastructure developers. The program explored the key themes of ... read more.

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Shriram Ramanathan

Digital Transformation More...

April 16, 2019

One of the largest global defense and space companies is a leading satellite operator and a supplier of satellite imagery for commercial and military applications to governments and large businesses. Satellite imagery by itself provides limited value. Moreover, with multiple satellite operators, ... read more.

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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

April 16, 2019

Danish company Chr. Hansen (Lux Take: Positive) is a key player in the agrifood ecosystem, with more than 600 products in its portfolio across three segments. The company develops food additives in line with consumer demand for clean-label, "natural" ingredients as well as gut microbiome-benefiting ... read more.

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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

April 16, 2019

Develops vision systems and applications through a breakthrough computational holographic technology

The company was founded by Hakan Urey and Orkun Oguz, who have extensive experiences in research and business. To date, the company has raised approximately $10 million. Among its investors, we highlight Intel Capital. The company is a developer of computational holography display technology for AR... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

April 16, 2019

Residential smart hot water tank

Mixergy spun out from the University of Oxford, where co-founders Pete Armstrong and Ren Kang were working on their Ph.D.s around smart hot water tanks and power systems; the company has received cash from Climate-KIC, Oxford Science Innovation, IP Group, and Innovate UK, the total amount of funding... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Digital Transformation More...

April 16, 2019

Predictive modelling for use cases within the food, cosmetic, and chemical industries

Provides data analysis solutions, typically in the form of an interactive tool that generates predictive models, for the food, cosmetic, and chemical industries (note: for the purpose of this profile, we will be focusing on Creme Global's solutions for the food industry, which addressuse cases ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

April 16, 2019

The company was founded by Riana Lynn, who has a background in biology and was previously associated with supply chain data management startup FoodTrace. The company makes “better-for-you” snack products made from plant-based ingredients. It also develops an ingredient portal journeyfoods.io, which ... read more.
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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

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.

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

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

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.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

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.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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?