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Jerrold Wang

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June 12, 2019

Natural language understanding based on transfer learning and knowledge base

Natural language understanding (NLU) platform that uses vector-based semantics and transfer learning to analyze text information, such as identifying words and phrases, understanding their relations, and conducting emotional analysis Uses  common-sense AI approach empowered by its proprietary ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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June 12, 2019

Automation and optimization software for deep neural networks

Develops software that uses AI tools like reinforcement learning and transfer learning to automate and optimize the design of deep neural networks (DNNs) so that they can run on edge devices with limited computational resources Claims that its software is able to decrease the computational overhead ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 12, 2019

Natural language processing-enabled online conversational platform that connects consumers in need of advice to product experts

The company was started by four co-founders with significant experience in entrepreneurship and venture capital; the company has raised a total of $55 million in investments, including the most recent $41 million Series C round in October 2017; some of the key investors include Bpifrance, Idinvest ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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June 12, 2019

Retail analytics

The company was founded by Bill Martin in 1993, who served as its CEO until its acquisition by Tyco International in 2016; later that same year, Tyco International merged with Johnson Controls; ShopperTrak now remains as a business unit of Johnson Controls. The company is a developer of retail ... read more.
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Shriram Ramanathan

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June 11, 2019

There is no doubt that commoditization in the marketplace has accelerated. The Boston Consulting Group recently noted that markets are maturing faster and company life cycles have halved in the past two decades. While there is ample data to support this conclusion, all readers need to do to convince... read more.

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Nardev Ramanathan

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June 11, 2019

There are probably only a few things in the world today that we can say we are certain will happen. Aging is one of them. But with all the news around aging and the somewhat negative spin put on it, it is important to first revisit the concept of aging. Aging is a natural process of life, much like ... read more.

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Nardev Ramanathan

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June 11, 2019

Digital chronic disease management platform

The company was started by Kuldeep Singh Rajput and Wendou Niu in 2015. So far, the company has raised about $43.6 million from seven rounds of funding, with the most recent round being a Series B round of $35 million in May 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize MassMutual Ventures, Sequoia ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

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June 11, 2019

3D printing, urethane casting, CNC machining, and injection molding services

The company was started by two brothers, Corey and Donovan Weber, in 1994; the company's registered name is "Product Slingshot," but it operates under the name Forecast 3D. Forecast 3D provides prototyping and small-run production part printing services using additive manufacturing (FDM, SLS, DMLS, ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 11, 2019

Chickpea protein concentrates and isolates

Produces debittered protein concentrates (70% to 85% protein) and isolates (90% protein) from chickpeas Targeting its chickpea protein as an alternative plant-based protein to soy At the time of publication, the company did not disclose any partnership or scaling information, but said to update ... read more.
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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.

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Ubiquitous Sensing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.