Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 17, 2020

Cell-based meat developer

The company was started by Uma Valeti, current CEO and former Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and Nicholas Genovese, current CSO and stem cell biologist. So far, the company has raised about $181 million, of which $161 million came from a Series B round in January 2020. Among its investors, we highlight ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 14, 2020

Crop advisory app for disease identification and treatment suggestions

Develops a mobile app that offers free characterization of approximately 600 plant symptoms of diseases, pest damage, and nutrient deficiencies for 45 different crops using image recognition software; includes access to plant pathologists, weather and disease alerts, and a crop advisory tool Targets... read more.
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Lisheng Gao

Consumer IoT More...

February 14, 2020

Passive RFID with electromagnetic beam steering features for wireless charging

The company was founded by C. Paul Slaby in 2014 in Ottawa, Canada; to date, the company has raised $820,000 through angel and VC investment. The company is a developer of UHF RFID technology for item tracking and wireless electricity transmission; its key innovation is the firmware algorithms that ... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

February 14, 2020

Decoupled hydrogen and oxygen generation from water electrolysis

Water electrolysis system operating in swing mode for decoupled hydrogen and oxygen generation; hydrogen first electrochemically evolves at the cathode while oxygen is released from anode at elevated temperatures of up to 95 °C Claims a minimum electrical consumption of 42 kWh/kg of hydrogen evolved... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 14, 2020

Provides analysis of chemical and physical soil properties based on Vis-NIR spectroscopy and chemometric algorithms

To date, the company has raised approximately $2.3 million. Among its investors, we emphasize SP Ventures and Pulse Innovation Hub. The company makes a laboratory-based soil monitoring service that relies on spectroscopy data covering the visible (400 nm to 765 nm) and near-infrared (NIR; 765 nm to ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Agro Innovation More...

February 13, 2020

Gene editing platform to improve the nutritional density of crops

The company was founded by Lloyd Kunimoto (CEO) and Dr. Michael Lassner (CSO); both have had senior-level roles in small and large agricultural biotechnology companies. To date, the company has raised about $5 million from a Series A round in April 2017 led by Spruce Capital with participation from ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 13, 2020

Producer of plant-based substitute products and developer of cultivated meat

The company was founded by current CEO Joshua Tetrick and Josh Balk, both social entrepreneurs, under the name Hampton Creek. To date, the company has raised approximately $220 million, with its last funding being a $100 million Series D round in 2016. The company makes plant-based substitutes for ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 13, 2020

Manipulation technologies for mobile applications

Develops mobile manipulators with high strength-to-weight ratio and high dexterity Building up its capabilities in machine vision, which adds a layer of autonomy to the company's manipulators Some tasks can now be completed fully autonomously by the manipulators, such as fueling an Apache helicopter... read more.
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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

Industrial Wastewater Market Trends and Opportunities

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will cover a market size of the major heavy industrial wastewater markets in North America. This will also include an analysis on which markets are the most attractive in terms of growth opportunities versus barrier to entry.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

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.

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.