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Josh Kern

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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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Nanopack
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Nanoclay-based recyclable barrier coatings

Develops nanoclay-containing polymeric moisture barrier coatings called "NanoSeal" for flexible plastic packaging (FPP) films, including PE, BOPE, and MDO NanoPack's primary value proposition is that NanoSeal-coated FPP films are recyclable while maintaining low cost and high moisture and oxygen ... read more.
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Rapidtpc
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Thermoplastic composite molding equipment and part production

Developed a process for lower-cost partial production automation for thermoplastic composite parts Provides composite part design and prototyping services as well as production runs up to hundreds of thousands of units per year Currently produces parts for sports and recreation as well as medical ... read more.
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Eden geotech
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

September 16, 2019

Pulsed electric well stimulation for unconventional and conventional oil and gas applications

Develops a pulsed electrical well stimulation system that leverages subsurface electrical stimulation to increase permeability and create microfracture networks by inducing thermal stress, reducing oil viscosity, and/or inducing vibration Claims its system is up to 66% cheaper than hydraulic ... read more.
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Flylogix
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

September 16, 2019

Unmanned autonomous vehicles for offshore oil and gas applications

The company was started by Chairman Charles Tavner in June 2015 to develop drone-based solutions for infrastructure monitoring and inspection applications; the company's funding history is undisclosed. The company develops remotely piloted drone solutions to monitor and inspect offshore ... read more.
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Nutriati
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Chickpea protein concentrates and chickpea flour

The company was started by former Altria executive Richard Kelly (a current adviser) and Michael Spinelli (chief innovation officer), who previously worked with Ben & Jerry's and Sabra. To date, the company has raised approximately $13.4 million; the company last raised $2.9 million in August 2019 ... read more.
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Sene
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Therapeutics and supplements for cognitive health

The company was founded by neuroscientist Shawn Watson (CEO), inspired by his personal experience witnessing dementia within his family. So far, the company has raised about $2 million through a seed round from undisclosed investors in June 2017; at the time of the seed round, it anticipated opening... read more.
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Persona
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Personalized supplements based on physical trait and lifestyle data

The company was started by Jason Brown (CEO), Tamara Bernadot (chief nutrition officer), and Prem Thudia (CTO); the group comes from the healthcare and supplement industries. The company changed its name from Vitamin Packs to Persona in 2018. Nestlé acquired the company in August 2019 for an ... read more.
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Mol catalyst technology gmbh
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

September 16, 2019

Chemical-free catalytic water treatment

Offers two products; the first is MOL CLEAN solution, which uses a catalyst in combination with hydrogen peroxide to create biosurfactants that disinfect equipment surfaces Its second technology, MOL LIK uses the same catalyst with visible-light LED's to accelerate the formation of "hydration shells... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

September 14, 2019

Lux Research recently presented at the Asian Utility Week 2019 in Kuala Lumpur to speak on a breadth of topics, including the digital transformation of the power sector. In particular, Lux shared its opinions and thought leadership on the subject of digital twins at PowerGen Asia 2019, which ... 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.