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Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

September 17, 2019

Wearables continue to develop and provide new capabilities in athletics, disease prevention, new models of health care, and providing individuals more insight into their personal health. When it comes to heart rate monitoring, two primary technologies are available to device manufacturers: ECG and ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

September 17, 2019

Video analytics software

The company was founded by Vinay T.S. (CEO) and Vidhya Vinay (VP, engineering); the founders were long-term employees of Cisco Systems and have technical expertise in software development and networking but lack prior entrepreneurship experience and don't appear to have domain expertise in computer ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

September 17, 2019

Small-molecule discovery platform with novel fungal natural products

The company was started by Maureen Hillenmeyer (CEO), Colin Harvey (head of biology and chemistry), and Brian Naughton (head of data); prior to starting the company, Maureen was the director of the Genomes to Natural Products program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where Colin also ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Prototyping and production-scale metal 3D printers, materials, and 3D printing software provider

Develops two metal 3D printing systems for functional prototyping and production parts as well as the necessary software and peripheral equipment The technology allows for a wide range of materials at a lower cost compared to traditional manufacturing but does require a debinding and sintering step ... read more.
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Lactips
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Biodegradable and water-soluble biopolymer resins based on milk casein

Produces biodegradable and water-soluble bioplastic resins derived from casein, a milk protein; the resin is hot/cold water-soluble and has good oxygen barrier properties; the material has low mechanical strength due to its short polymer chains Currently selling biodegradable film packaging for ... read more.
Company Profile
Eggplant
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Polyhydroxybutyrate bioplastic derived from wastewater

EggPlant was started by Domenico Centrone, Vito Emanuele Carofiglio, and Paolo Stufano in 2013 and is based in Puglia, Italy. The company develops polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics derived from industrial wastewater (e.g., dairy, citrus, confectionery); the collected wastewater goes through a ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Consumers are opting for environmentally conscious products with better end-of-life disposal, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With increasing awareness of the negative environmental effects of incumbent materials, there is a preference for sustainable options and eco-friendly products, leading to ... read more.

Case Study
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Develops adjuvant technology that carries, protects, and releases active ingredients while targeting plant and insect surfaces

The company was founded by Ameer Shakeel and Payam Pourtaheri through the University of Virginia's i.Lab incubator. To date, the company has raised about $5 million, including a $4 million Series A round in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize Ospraie Ag Science and Cavallo Ventures. The company ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Bioinformatics, the application of computational tools to transform, standardize, analyze, store, and organize biological data, will play a game-changing role in the identification and development of future opportunities across the agrifood and health ecosystem. The prominent use cases for ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 16, 2019

Autonomous mobile robots for material transport

The company was acquired by Teradyne in 2018 for $148 million; Teradyne also acquired cobot maker Universal Robots in 2015. The company is a developer of a line of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can be used for material transport; the company also develops a web-based fleet management software... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This report will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

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?

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

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.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

Ezra Test

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.