Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

November 8, 2019

Introduction Pain management has been a topic of interest for humans for as long as we have been aware that pain is something can be managed. People have used various meditations and mindfulness techniques, electrical impulses, herbal medicine, alcohol, and targeted pharmaceuticals to manage pain ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Harshit Sharma

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 7, 2019

Robotic warehousing and fulfillment system

The company was founded by a group of four entrepreneurs including Scott Gravele, who is the company's current CEO and CTO. So far, the company has raised about $50 million in funding via three rounds since 2018; notable investors include Honeywell and Comcast Ventures. The company is a developer of... read more.
Company Snapshot

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 7, 2019

Developing an edible water "pod" from algae

The company was started by Rodrigo García González and Pierre-Yves Paslier in 2014 to replace conventional water bottle packaging with its edible "Ooho" spheres; rebranded from "Skipping Rocks Lab" to "NotPLA" in July 2019. The company develops edible pods made of 1% to 10% water-soluble sodium ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 7, 2019

Polygonal-mirror type mechanical lidar

Develops a polygonal mechanical lidar for autonomous vehicles across commercial automotive, rail, and industrial sectors; claims that its unique polygonal geometry of mirrors reduces the number of moving parts compared to other spinning lidar systems (traditionally developed by Velodyne) Because of ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun and Cole McCollum

Agro Innovation More...

November 7, 2019

The availability and production of biological data continues to grow as next-generation analyses become more cost-effective. Bioinformatics is the digital toolbox transforming this data into interpret-able insights for translational applications. In this first phase of Lux's thematic strategy ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

November 6, 2019

Low-cost stationary storage systems that generate electricity via osmosis

AquaBattery is developing stationary storage systems that generate electricity via allowing osmosis to take place; the company has focused its development on two potential products: the BlueBattery and the GreenBattery. The BlueBattery has two vats, one of distilled water (H₂O) and one of ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 6, 2019

U.K. startup developing hybrid gas/liquid flow batteries for stationary energy storage

The company is a developer of a hybrid gas/liquid flow battery, specifically hydrogen gas and either vanadium, cerium, or manganese liquid electrolytes. Key differentiating claims of the company include a pathway to very low-cost flow battery systems by halving the amount of liquid electrolyte ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tim Grejtak

Alternative Fuels More...

November 6, 2019

PEM fuel cell systems and hydrogen supply for industrial vehicles

Manufactures 50 W to 30 kW PEM fuel cells for a wide range of industrial applications, such as drones, robots, materials handling equipment, and on-road commercial vehicles Sells drive units outright to customers and claims a less than two-year payback period or provides customers a power purchase ... read more.
Company Profile

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 6, 2019

Develops formulation chemistry for QD applications

Founded by Yu Kambe and Dmitri Talapin in 2019 based on research work done at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory Develops photocleavable ligands for quantum dots (QDs) and their use in QD color converter applications Claims to achieve 2 µm patterning resolution while ... read more.
Company Profile

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 6, 2019

As mobile display sizes continue to increase, innovation activity in flexible displays remains high, as demonstrated by the Lux Tech Signal below. As we pointed out before, materials challenges remain and have caused high-profile setbacks like the recent Samsung Fold delay. These challenges have ... read more.

Analyst Insight

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.

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?