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Jessica Hernandez

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September 19, 2019

AI-powered software platform for grid balancing and electricity market monitoring

The company was founded by Gavin Bell, Karan Kathuria, Magnus Hausken, and Erlend Torgnes in 2013; in Q1 2018, the company announced it was raising its first investment round, aiming to gather €2 million (there is no evidence that it closed this round); the company received project development ... read more.
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Synthetic biology accelerator co-owned and founded by mature biotech firms

The company was founded by Boston-based Pillar VC and leaders of various synthetic biology companies, including Twist Bioscience, Ginkgo Bioworks, Asimov, and Beyond Meat, in September 2019. The accelerator has $15 million over three years from Pillar VC to provide founders at least $250,000 in ... read more.
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Shriram Ramanathan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 19, 2019

Dresspack systems and drag chains are frequently used in production plants and large industrial robotic systems to guide data and power cables between the control system, sensors, and actuators. These cables are constantly exposed to high stress due to frequent recurring movements of the associated ... read more.

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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Drone technology, AI, and an integrated data platform for scouting fruit orchards

Horticulture management system uses aerial imagery for individual blossom count and yield forecasting of fruit orchards The company uses off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect high-resolution images of small to medium-sized farms (up to 120 acres) Outfield Technologies has received... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 19, 2019

Produces dairy proteins using synthetic biology techniques

The company was started by Raffael Wohlgensinger (CEO) and Britta Winterberg (CSO), with backgrounds in business and biology, respectively. Among its investors, we highlight Atlantic Food Labs, which as of June 2019 owns a 60% stake in the company (terms of the majority investment are not publicly ... read more.
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Rce technologies
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Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

September 18, 2019

Health wearables for cardiovascular care

Founded by Atandra Burman in 2018 and currently raising a $1 million seed round Develops two products, a wireless EKG product for stress testing and remote monitoring and a noninvasive optical sensor to identify heart attack-signaling biomarkers The clothing-mounted EKG product is expected to launch... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

September 18, 2019

SaaS platform for knowledge sharing and training targeting industrial workers

Offers a SaaS platform providing in-context guidance using a voice assistant and a multimedia streaming user interface that leverages voice recognition, natural language processing search capability, and computer vision for industrial workers while recording collaboration sessions Differentiated by ... read more.
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Kinetic energy
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

September 18, 2019

semiconductor cell that generates power through absorption of radioisotope waves

CEO Peter Bond and Steve Whitehead purportedly founded Kinetic Energy in 2012, although the company's technology was only patented four years later; to date, Kinetic Energy has raised an undisclosed amount of funding, and it has been publicly seeking investors since 2018. The company develops Power ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

September 17, 2019

Last week, Lux Research attended the Supply Chain Asia Forum 2019 in Singapore hosted by Supply Chain Asia, a networking community for the supply chain and logistics industry supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board. The focus for the conference centered around two primary themes: the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have traditionally been reliant on biomarkers that require specialized conditions and trained personnel to handle. First-generation POCDs also offer limited utility in the information they provide, and more follow-up tests are often needed to get more in-depth, actionable information. A new generation of POCDs is emerging that not only enhances what existing POCDs can do, but also offers new diagnostic modalities that are minimally invasive or non-invasive. In addition, POCD 2.0 increasingly allow the layperson to run tests at the convenience of his/her homes and get a rapid assessment, allowing follow-up steps to be taken to address any deviations. This report will assess the maturity of POCD 2.0 and how these diagnostics are playing a role not just in the clinic and in at-home-use for patients, but also among healthy consumers, offering predictive analytics that ensure consumers stay on a healthy path.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

Smart home in China

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

The smart home segment in China is at the tipping point, driven by residents' unmet needs for convenience and security, the adoption of new home projects as a property differentiator, and the participation of AI developers who see smart home as a major user interface. This report will analyze the dynamic value chain of China smart home, compare key innovators and cutting-edge innovations, and identify market trends and opportunities for Lux clients realize business success in the growing segment.