Soft robotics
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Josh Kern

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June 26, 2019

Flexible robotic grippers for picking and packing in unstructured environments

Develops modular kits for soft robotic grippers consisting of compliant fingers actuated by air pressure; the grippers can handle delicate items that could not normally withstand the pressure of a hard robotic gripper or are not addressable by vacuum gripping systems The company also offers ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

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June 26, 2019

On-site bioperoxide generation for oil and gas, produced water treatment, and remediation

The company was started by Gaurab Chakrabarti at the University Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he discovered a protein that turns sugar, water, and oxygen into hydrogen peroxide while studying cancer cells; Gaurab and CTO Sean Hunt founded Solugen in 2016 to produce a common disinfectant ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 25, 2019

Generative design and multiphysics simulation

The company was founded by Stephen Karasek and Pedro Gomes in 2018 to commercialize the simulation-enabled generative design software they built at Northeastern University. To date, the company has raised approximately $100,000 through a seed fund from IDEA, Northeastern University's venture ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 25, 2019

Online platform that provides customer support service through crowdsourcing and AI

The company was founded by Anthony Brydon (CEO) and Jeff Patterson (Head of Product) to develop an online platform that provides customer support service through crowdsourcing; since its founding, the company has raised a total of $36 million in funding, including the most recent $20 million Series ... read more.
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Lexset
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Miraj Mainali

Consumer IoT More...

June 25, 2019

Object recognition, visual search tool, and synthetic image data for training

The company was started by Leslie Oliver Karpas (CEO), Francis Bitonti (CTO), and Azam Khan (CBO); the founders have technical and entrepreneurship experience in 3D modeling and printing techniques but lack domain expertise in machine learning, AI, and augmented reality (AR). To date, the company ... read more.
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Logility
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

June 25, 2019

Supply chain management software

Logility was founded in 1996 and went public in 1997; it has been a subsidiary of American Software since 2009; the company has acquired five organizations since 2004: Halo BI, Optiant, Demand Solutions, AdapChain, and MID Retail. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has offices in ... read more.
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Retailnext
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Miraj Mainali

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June 25, 2019

Retail analytics

The company was started by Alexei Agratchev (CEO), Arun Nair (CTO), and Marlie Liu (Head of Technical Service); the founders bring technical and domain expertise from several companies but lack entrepreneurship experience; the company has around 250 employees and office locations in San Jose, Dallas... read more.
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Carbon
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 25, 2019

Although the amount of venture capital (VC) funding is only somewhat correlated with startup success, it is often an attractive metric that gets lots of customer attention. Today, 3D printing unicorn Carbon announced the close of a new growth funding round of more than $260 million. The new round, ... read more.

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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 25, 2019

Continuous fiber-reinforced polymer composite 3D printing

Has developed a print head and composite materials for continuous fiber composite 3D printing; launched its desktop professional 3D printer and robotic cell-based industrial 3D printer prototype in 2018 In-house-developed print head has two nozzles that enable depositing continuous fiber and any ... read more.
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Cura
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 25, 2019

Fungal fermentation-derived mineral supplements and ingredients

Develops nutritional mineral supplements and ingredients based on fermentation of filamentous fungi like Aspergillus oryzae or Aspergillus niger Claims differentiation in its fermentation-based approach, which results in whole-food minerals and slow release of bioavailable iron Has two granted ... read more.
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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 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?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.