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Josh Kern

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March 18, 2019

Smart home control system

The company was founded by CEO Mark Lyle and Chief Design Officer Chris Ladwig in 2018; Mark has held previous co-founder and CTO roles, including a successful exit of semiconductor company Universal Microwave Designs. So far, the company has raised about $1 million in a seed round from lighting ... read more.
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Luxexcel
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 18, 2019

3D printing of ophthalmic lenses

Uses a custom 3D inkjet printer and ultraviolet (UV) curing process to produce optics; in 2017, the company shifted its focus from producing secondary optics for LED lighting to ophthalmic lens manufacturing To date, has raised around $50 million, including a Series C round for $14 million closed in... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

March 16, 2019

Fiber-optic camera and laser tools for downhole oil and gas applications

Provides a fiber-optic downhole camera tool for visual inspection applications including corrosion and erosion monitoring, scale and hydrate identification, and locating and imaging dropped objects In early stages of commercializing the downhole camera, having completed 45 commercial jobs to date ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 15, 2019

Enzymatic filtration for the removal of organic micropollutants

The company was started by Martin Ryen (CEO) in 2013 to commercialize an enzyme-based organic degradation process. To date, the company has raised about €2 million as part of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase II. The company develops specialized enzymes using a recombinant technique to create ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 15, 2019

Carbon fiber pipe linings and other repair and maintenance products and services

Peter Emmons founded Structural Technologies in 1976. The company makes numerous products for repair and maintenance, including V-Wrap, a carbon or glass fiber strengthening/repair patch for concrete, metallic, and polymer-based pipelines; StrongPIPE, a steel-reinforced composite pipeline repair ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Exploration and Production More...

March 14, 2019

AI-driven geoscience platform for prospect evaluation

The company was started by Erik Larsen in 2016 to build machine learning solutions for seismic data interpretation; initial development support was provided by Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway. Among its investors, we emphasize Saudi Aramco, which led the company's Series A round... read more.
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Alliance for web
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 14, 2019

Lux recently attended the Sustainability in Packaging 2019 conference in Chicago. Topics varied widely, but throughout the conference, a few key themes emerged: The definition of sustainability is still up for debate: While the event two years ago more strongly featured bio-based polymers, such as ... read more.

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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 14, 2019

As consumer awareness of the plastic waste issue rises, brand names in the consumer beverage and food packaging markets like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Unilever are demanding high-quality recycled plastic for their packaging needs in order to better align themselves with their customers' interests. The... read more.

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Natsurfact
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 14, 2019

Rhamnolipids from the fermentation of vegetable oils

NatSurFact is a research project funded by parent Logos Technologies Uses a non-genetically modified bacterium to convert vegetable oil feedstocks (e.g., soybean oil) into rhamnolipids; claims that its semicontinuous fermentation approach is unique and that ts route is more cost-effective than ... read more.
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Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

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.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Digital Twins

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will provide a brief overview of digital twins, including what they are, key use cases, example developers, and recommendations for clients interested in implementing digital twins in their processes.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Corporate Tech Innovation is a Solved Problem: What You Need to Know to Be a Leader

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will discuss the most important corporate innovation tools, highlighting some neglected tools, and the keys to successful implementation.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

The Market Size for Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The growth of connected smart home appliances have expanded from lighting controls to thermostats, door locks, and even coffee makers. With the large influx of new products, how is the smart home market segmented, and where do opportunities lie?

How to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Materials informatics applies data science and AI methods to better understand the use, selection, development, and discovery of materials. As an emerging technology with strong momentum during the past year, it is used across the value chain, from upstream materials and chemicals developers to downstream product manufacturers. In this report, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the key players and their activities in this space. Specifically, we will review different application areas, data challenges, and recent developments from both startups and large corporations. We also provide our vision on the near future of how materials informatics will expand from materials to parts and products, from working with a few R&D units to establishing a whole platform for each part of the value chain. Finally, we discuss why clients across the value chain should overcome the data-sharing fear to work on materials informatics. We also propose three strategies to engage with materials informatics and advise on how to form a strategy that works the best.