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Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 16, 2019

Today, more than 780 million people in 43 countries are suffering from water shortages due to overuse and pollution of freshwater, which is scarce and very unevenly distributed across the world. As populations grow and economies develop, global demand for water has been increasing at an annual rate ... read more.

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Alex Herceg

The Future of Mobility

July 16, 2019

Digital platform for purchasing rail and coach bus tickets

The company was founded by the Virgin Group in 1997 and was acquired in 2015 by KKR, which disclosed it will IPO Trainline in 2019. The company is a developer of an online booking platform for rail and coach bus tickets across 45 countries, including a total of 200 train and bus operators (87 train ... read more.
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Alex Herceg

The Future of Mobility

July 16, 2019

Global rail marketplace that powers B2C-facing companies with the underlying functionality needed to search, buy, and ticket rail and other journeys

The company was founded by Aaron Gowell and Will Phillipson in 2009. The company makes SilverCore, which integrates 35 rail carriers and 1,500 transit operators; SilverAgent, a trip-booking and -management platform for corporate travel; and SilverSearch, a multi-modal journey planning for travel ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

July 16, 2019

Autonomous shuttles

Develops autonomous electric shuttles targeted toward commercial ownership; one is commercialized, while two others are still in development; the vehicles currently operate along a fixed path only, though Navya hopes to expand their capabilities over time The company claims differentiation in the ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 16, 2019

Cyanide-free gold extraction process for gold mining and electronic waste recovery

Developed a process that can leach gold from ore or electronic waste at ambient temperature and pressure Core technologies are about the formulation and production of the proprietary leaching solution Claimed that its technology is more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective, compared with ... read more.
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 16, 2019

Lux recently attended the TechConnect 2019 World Innovation conference in Boston. Conference attendees were included start-ups, large companies from many industries (primarily groups that invest in and partner with start-ups), and U.S. government agencies. While overall the conference focused quite ... read more.

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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 16, 2019

Dynamic microcapsule-based anti-corrosion coatings

Develops microcapsules that are sensitive to a wide range of stimuli, such as pH changes, electrochemical potential, reduction, or physical damage, and uses these to make dynamic anti-corrosion coatings Microencapsulated corrosion inhibitors release in response to electrochemical or physical changes... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

July 15, 2019

Explainable AI for process industries

Builds interpretable machine learning models that produce predictions along with confidence intervals Offers a holistic service that includes data cleaning, data wrangling, and model learning for the customer Primary focus is on process industries with chemicals and steel industry key revenue ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

July 15, 2019

NLP platform for chatbot and business intelligence in finance, retail, and consumer services segments

Uses deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to develop human-machine interaction products, such as chatbots and phone bots Chatbot helps customers analyze end users' intention and sentiment with an accuracy of 90% to 95% and provides answers to end users' questions; phone ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 15, 2019

Terahertz vision cameras and machine learning software for composite and textile inspection

Developed modular THz camera system for in-line inspection of technical textiles (including composites); can detect variation in thickness and density, inclusions, cracks, delamination, erosion, and corrosion Camera unit is 5 cm3 x 5 cm3 x 5 cm3 with speeds of 10 m/s to 30 m/s in a production line ... read more.
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New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

Key Players and Business Models in the Connected Car

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at how different types of players from applications developers to automotive OEMs to municipalities can both make money and get value out of different connected car services.

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: July 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.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, and gas detection. In this report, we discuss the underlying drivers for the industry's imminent push for digital and analyze the primary struggle it faces today of "digital scale-up".

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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?

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 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.