Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

In the race to reduce food waste, Hazel Technologies has gained notable attention as of late, most recently raising a $13 million Series B round co-led by prominent investors Pangaea Ventures and S2G Ventures in August. The startup employs 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) within a sachet insert to ... read more.

Case Study

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Plant-based meat substitutes

The company was founded by Patrick Brown (CEO), professor emeritus of biochemistry at Stanford University. To date, the company has raised approximately $688 million, most recently a $300 million Series E round in May 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Temasek Holdings and Horizons Ventures, ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Meat substitute products made from texturized pea protein

The company was founded by Ethan Brown (CEO) around extrusion technology originally developed by Professor Fu-hung Hsieh at the University of Missouri; Ethan previously worked in the energy industry. To date, the company has raised approximately $361 million, most recently $241 million through an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Ethylene inhibitors for shelf life extension of fresh produce

The company was founded by Aiden Mouat (CEO), Adam Preslar (CTO), and Patrick Flynn (CMO), all from Northwestern University, with backgrounds in either chemistry or engineering. To date, the company has raised about $17.8 million, most recently raising a $13 million Series B round in August 2019. ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Materials informatics (MI) is an emerging technology with rapidly growing innovation interest – and it's one of the technologies our clients have asked us about the most this year. Because of the interest in this topic, we wanted to highlight some of the most commonly asked questions and provide our... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Owning the Energy Transition More...

October 15, 2019

UPS is one of the largest logistics and parcel delivery providers, with a fleet of roughly 125,000 road vehicles and nearly 300 airplanes globally. The U.S. company does most of its business in its domestic market, where more than 80% of its packages are delivered – a country that saw emissions from... read more.

Case Study

Miraj Mainali

Consumer IoT More...

October 15, 2019

3D body scanning to help shoppers find the right size of clothing

The company was started by Elizabeth Stefanka (CEO) in 2014; prior to the company, Elizabeth worked in several project and business development managerial roles in addition to her early career in makeup art and fashion design; however, she lacks a technical background in computer vision and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

October 15, 2019

Natural language generation platform

Develops a natural language generation (NLG) platform to convert structured data into text narratives; the software can interpret and generate content in U.S. and U.K. English, Spanish, German, and Arabic Uses a combination of template-based and machine learning approaches, which it claims creates ... read more.
Company Profile

Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

October 15, 2019

Computer vision-based emotion analytics

Develops a software product that uses computer vision and deep learning to analyze human emotions; targets applications in retail analytics, product testing, driver monitoring, user experience, political analysis, and analysis of customers' attention to advertisements Claims differentiation with the... read more.
Company Profile

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?