Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Bayer, as well as its major competitors, continues to invest in and acquire digital technologies, but to date, the applications and business models applied have not diverged from conventional applications (crop monitoring, variable-rate application maps, pest warnings, etc.). However, as the cost of... read more.

Case Study

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Agricultural waste and nanocellulose fiber composites for packaging

Produces micro- and nanosized plant fiber-based packaging materials from agricultural waste Molds the fibers into packaging and tableware; has one full-scale production facility in India, with plans to manufacture and sell products The high surface area of the fibers means that its materials do not ... read more.
Company Profile

Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 11, 2019

Genetically modifies E. coli to produce isobutene

Uses genetically modified E. coli to produce bio-isobutene at a premium in gaseous form at a ratio of 3.8 kg sugar:1 kg olefin; can be used unmodified as an additive in gaseous fuel bottles or converted to isooctane, isododecane, butyl rubber, polyisobutene, methacrylic acid, or ethyl tertiary butyl... read more.
Company Profile

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 10, 2019

Packaging and consumer goods products made from proprietary bio-based polymer formulations

Good Natured Products (formerly Solegear) previously positioned itself as a developer of bio-based resins, working with large brands on customer-specific projects; the company pivoted to creating its own line of packaging and products in 2016, went public on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

October 10, 2019

Market demand for devices with both larger screens and portability is behind Samsung's release and then re-release of its inward-folding Galaxy Fold phone. While it is an appealing idea, the quality-price combination is unfavorable for mass adoption. Many brands have demonstrated their interest in ... read more.

Case Study

Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 10, 2019

Plant- and fermentation-based protein sweeteners and food products

Produces plant- and fermentation-based protein sweeteners and food products To date, the company has raised between $2 million and $5 million in funding In terms of applications and markets, Miraculex is building a consumer-facing food brand with products spanning multiple categories; the company ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 10, 2019

Neuromorphic processor-based event-driven vision sensors

The company was founded by CEO Ning Qiao, Chief Strategy Officer Giacomo Indiveri, and Kynan Eng in 2017; to date, aiCTX has raised $2.78 million from seed rounds and grants, with notable investors including Baidu Ventures and the EU's Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 10, 2019

Developer or microbial biostimulants for broadacre crops

The company was started by Daniel Custis (co-founder and CEO) through IP obtained from Cornell University following Trichoderma research out of Dr. Gary Harman's lab. The company makes biostimulants from a variety of Trichoderma strains isolated from different soils or plants. The company claims ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Matthew Wagner

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 9, 2019

Although it’s a mature and well-established major industry, the chemicals and materials sector still requires significant innovation. Major challenges include shifting feedstocks, new digital business models, sustainability, and fast-changing consumer preferences. To assess who is positioned to ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

October 9, 2019

The light-duty vehicle market will be the largest single segment of the energy storage industry in the decades ahead; by 2035, it will comprise 65% of the total demand for Li-ion batteries. Dominance in the future energy storage landscape means supplying automakers with technology that makes ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

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.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Conquering Customer Choice: The Opportunities in ASEAN Electricity Retail Liberalization

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

ASEAN regions are at various stages of electricity retail liberalization, and each country is identifying different unique opportunities to fold tech innovation into the process. This report looks at several characteristic examples in order to highlight future tech opportunities.

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.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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.