Joshua Haslun and Cole McCollum

Agro Innovation More...

February 13, 2020

Building on the first phase of Lux's thematic coverage of bioinformatics, the second phase explores the applications and impacts of this technology on the agrifood and health ecosystem through the lens of subjective and objective analyses. Applications and impacts are broken down for agriculture, ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 13, 2020

Mobile health app accreditation

Orcha offers a platform for healthcare systems to view independent assessments of mHealth apps App developers advertise their rating by Orcha as a means to differentiate themselves The platform uses web-scraping tools and analysts to address approximately 250 metrics, ranging from efficacy of ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 13, 2020

MOF-based technology for gas storage and separation

Produces metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas storage, sorption, and separation applications in semiconductor production and gases Pioneered the use of digital software to discover and simulate millions of MOFs in silico for targeted applications, significantly reducing R&D cycle times and costs ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 12, 2020

MOF technology for rocket propellant and fuel application

Acsynam develops hypergolic metal-organic framework (MOF) materials for rocket fuel, specifically MOFs based on zinc, cobalt, and cadmium, using acetylene or vinyl substituents as the oxidizers The company has created six MOF-based fuels and demonstrated that the materials can be fine-tuned for a ... read more.
Company Profile

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 12, 2020

Battery charging algorithms and hardware for improved cycle life and faster operation

Qnovo develops battery management software to monitor battery health and enable adaptive fast charging by analyzing ion diffusion rates using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) The company was founded in 2010 by Nadim Maluf, Dania Ghantous, and Fred Berkowitz, who have experience in ... read more.
Company Profile

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 11, 2020

Characterizing attributes of food (e.g., size, color, surface defects) that affect quality (e.g., ripeness, tenderness, juiciness). On the technology front, hyperspectral imaging paired with artificial intelligence algorithms is showing early signs of promise to make food quality inspection more ... read more.

Technology

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 11, 2020

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for upstream gas capture and refinery catalysts

Develops MOF/POP adsorbents as drop-in alternatives to activated carbons for natural gas processing and containment Key claims include close to 75% reduction in upstream gas containment operational costs and lower upstream greenhouse gas emissions for sites where gas is currently flared Claims ... read more.
Company Profile

Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 11, 2020

Hardware and software suite for developers of autonomous driving technology

The company is a developer of a vehicle interface platform that enables external vehicle control through electronic commands; it includes both hardware and accompanying control software application programming interfaces (APIs), which work together to allow users to make commands via drive-by-wire. ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Anthony Schiavo and Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 11, 2020

Sustainability fervor – which has been building in importance over the past few years – has reached a new height in 2020. Chemical industry leaders made lofty statements at the World Economic Forum in Davos about the importance of engaging in sustainable development. Despite that, the chemicals ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

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.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

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.

Preparing for quantum computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems that are not addressable even by today’s high-performance computers. Previously inaccessible advantages in new product development and operational improvements are being targeted through applications like quantum chemical simulation and optimizing vehicle routes for fleets. Quantum computers are not yet advanced enough to provide advantages for business applications, but the last few years have shown it growing rapidly in innovation activity. To prepare organizations for this emerging technology, we answer why quantum computing is valuable, when it will be ready, and how interested organizations should engage.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.