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Charles Willard

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February 14, 2019

Bacterial nanocellulose (BC) is a multifunctional nanobiomaterial that has shown significant potential in wound care, cosmetic, and food applications. BC is produced via the fermentation of acetic acid bacteria (AAB), which secrete nano- and micro-sized cellulose fibers produced from a row of ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

EC Horizon 2020 project building an industrial recycling pilot plant for multilayer packaging and fiber reinforced composites

MultiCycle is a three-year EC Horizon 2020 project that will build an industrial recycling pilot plant for thermoplastic multimaterials, allowing selective recovery of polymers from mixed, multilayered, and composite waste with minimal downgrading of material properties. The project is based on ... read more.
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Ellen mac found
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Facilitating the transition to a more circular economy

Ellen MacArthur, Philip Sellwood, and Peter Morgan founded the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2009 with the support of founding industry partners B&Q, BT, Cisco, National Grid, and Renault; the organization initially raised £6.5 million from Ellen MacArthur and the founding partners to support ... read more.
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Kiverdi
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Charles Willard

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February 14, 2019

Converts single-carbon and hydrogen gas to various products via microbial fermentation

Has a library of more than 200 unique strains of Knallgas bacteria that can convert either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide and hydrogen to various products, including biostimulants, proteins for human and aquaculture consumption, acrylic acid, lactic acid, multiple oleochemicals (up to 22 carbon ... read more.
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Density
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

February 14, 2019

The company was founded by CEO Andrew Farah, Brian Weinreich, Jordan Messina, and Robert Grazioli; prior to starting the company, Andrew was the managing partner at a product and software consulting firm. So far, the company has raised about $16.2 million; its most recent round was a $12 million ... read more.
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Ecospearsfinallogo
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

February 14, 2019

Patented technology for the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other chemicals from water and dry soil

The company was founded by Serg Albino in 2017 after receiving an exclusive license for the sorbent polymer extraction and remediation system (SPEAR) of persistent toxins in water, initially developed at NASA; the technology was co-invented by Dr. Quinn, Dr. Devor, and Dr. Maloney. To date, the ... read more.
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Bend labs
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

February 14, 2019

The company was started by Jared Jones and Shawn Reese in 2013; Bend Labs raised a seed round from the China-based LH Capital Management for an undisclosed amount in 2016. The company makes flexible electrical sensors for measuring the dimensions of products along one to two axes during ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

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February 14, 2019

Greater adoption of IoT devices has increased the need for wireless power harvesting, which would make digital deployments easier. These harvesters look to extend the working life of sensors and cut down on the deployment costs by eliminating the need for a wired connection. Due to this potential ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage and Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

As the build-up of waste becomes a key issue in today’s linear economy, both the private and public sectors have shown interest in transitioning towards a circular economy. Despite these intentions, many waste conversion technologies are early-stage and will require years of development before ... read more.

State of the Market Report
Voyant
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Danielle Bradnan

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

February 14, 2019

Smart toilet device for urinalysis

Develops a smart toilet device targeting high-throughput emergency rooms for the detection of pregnancy, protein, and sugar levels in urine Incorporated in 2017 and has raised $120,000 in funding to date The company is developing a smart device for automated urinalysis in emergency department ... read more.
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Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.