Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 10, 2020

Automated tools for lab-scale fermentation as a service

The company was founded by robotics engineers and Google X alumni Will Patrick and Matt Ball, with initial funding from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences). To date, the company has raised about $5.62 million from Section 32, Refactor Capital, and Verily. The company develops automated ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

January 9, 2020

IoT data marketplace

The company was founded by Matthew Van Niekerk (CEO) and Roderik van der Veer (CTO); the founders have expertise in blockchain, web applications, and business development from firms including Daimler Chrysler, KBC, Kunstmaan, and Smartlounge; in addition, they have prior entrepreneurship experiences... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 9, 2020

Integrated systems of environmental perception sensors, edge processing hardware, real-time decision-making software, and connectivity that enable advanced driver assistance systems and vehicle autonomy in consumer and commercial vehicles. Although the fully autonomous vehicle (SAE Level 5) remains ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

January 9, 2020

Digital twin-based battery analytics solution

Offers a digital twin-based Li-ion battery analytics solution; differentiates in its use of a combination of physics-based and machine learning models to simulate, detect, and predict battery defects Additionally, it claims to offer insights at a parallel cell string level as opposed to the module ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

January 8, 2020

VR platform that provides cognitive stimulation, socialization, and therapy for elders

The company was founded by Dennis Lally, Kyle Rand, Reed Hayes, and Thomas Neumann. To date, the company has raised about $40,000 from grant funding. Among its investors, we highlight MassChallenge and MIT delta v. The company makes a virtual reality platform (comes with a headset, VR content, and ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

January 8, 2020

Deep learning ophthalmology platform for blindness prevention

The company was started by Imran Akthar, Theenathayalan Parthasarathy, and Nitin Srivastava in 2016. The company raised an undisclosed angel round from Indian-based Inflection Point Ventures in July 2019. Key differentiating claims of the company include the development of deep convoluted neural ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 8, 2020

Microfulfillment center

The company was founded by CEO Elram Goren, CTO Ori Avraham, and VP of Engineering Shay Cohen in 2015; each member holds a technical degree and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. So far, the company has raised about $136 million, with most of that coming from its $110 million Series B raised in ... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 8, 2020

Modular, autonomous, 3D-printed vehicle chassis

Pix's primary product offering is its modular, autonomous electric vehicle and accompanying 3D-printed vehicle chassis that it claims is capable of L4 autonomy The patented printing process utilizes a combination of purchased industrial components as well as proprietary AI software and consists of ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

January 8, 2020

Cognitive tools for accelerating geoscience workflows

Develops Sandy, a cognitive visualization and knowledge management platform, to accelerate exploration workflows via advanced data analysis, modeling, and simulation techniques; claims to run simulations within seconds to minutes while maintaining improved accuracy of 99% Utilizes natural language ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 8, 2020

Software for monitoring and managing driver cognition

The company develops a software layer that sits on top of a driver monitoring system (DMS) to monitor and manage driver cognition; it measures cognitive state (drowsy, impaired, anxious) and load (how much focus is required) and then redirects attention when needed. ADAM has released the first part ... read more.
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Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is 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.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.