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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

April 16, 2019

Valorizing coffee pulp for food applications

The company was founded by Rudi Dieleman and Andres Belalcazar (former CSO); the co-founders have backgrounds in economics and bioprocess engineering, respectively; Hans Verhoef is the current CEO of the company. The company is a developer of bioprocessing technology to extract pectin from coffee ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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April 15, 2019

Autonomous aerial surveillance for land management

The company was founded by James Peverill (CEO and co-founder). To date, the company has raised about $5.2 million from VC groups and corporate funding. Among its investors, we emphasize The Toro Company, Autonomy Ventures, and Tabard Venture Capital. The company develops an agronomy platform that ... read more.
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Mneme
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

April 14, 2019

Tribore hollow-fiber membrane for membrane distillation

The company was founded by Antony Prince in 2018 based on PVDF membrane technology developed by Neal Chung at the National University of Singapore; the technology is being commercialized by Memsift and the Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) Centre in Singapore. The ... read more.
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D3max
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Runeel Daliah

Alternative Fuels More...

April 12, 2019

Bolt-on cellulosic ethanol

D3Max was founded in 2015 by BBI International and is currently headed by Joe Brian, who is also the CEO of BBI International; BBI started developing the corn fiber-to-ethanol technology in 2007 and transferred all related intellectual property (IP) to D3Max. The company develops a bolt-on ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

April 12, 2019

Bioconversion of vegetable byproducts using BSF

Developing a bioconversion process based on the use of agrifood residues to grow black solder fly (BSF) larvae for insect meal, oil, and fertilizer; Ingredient Odyssey's brand is called EntoGreen The EntoGreen insect meal is approximately 65% protein, and the oil is less than 10% protein The company... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 11, 2019

Microbiome-modulating skin care and personal care products

Launched in 2015 and spun out of AOBiome in 2017 Produces microbiome-modulating skin care and personal care products; claims its products improve the look and feel of the skin and can reduce the number of conventional products needed First product, AO+ Mist, introduces ammonia-oxidizing bacterium ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 11, 2019

Over the past few decades, China has consistently been the top destination for plastic waste. In 2016 alone, Chinese recyclers imported 7.3 million metric tons of waste plastics worth about $3.7 billion from developed countries across the globe. These Chinese recyclers accepted a large amount of ... read more.

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Cole McCollum

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 11, 2019

Passive beam shaping for various applications

Develops a technology called Multi-Plane Light Conversion (MPLC), which is designed for passive beam shaping Technology is differentiated by its high flexibility to define the structure of the light, a higher quality of beam output, and lower cost compared to other techniques, such as lenses or ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 11, 2019

One-step catalytic process to transform ethanol to butadiene

Develops catalysts for the single-step conversion of ethanol to butadiene; catalysts use silica as a support material, with silver nitrate powder and zirconyl nitrate as catalyst materials Claims process converts more than 70% of ethanol to butadiene in a single pass at industrially relevant process... 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?