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Yuan-Sheng Yu

The Future of Mobility

August 17, 2019

Bus-hailing platform on designated routes

The company was started by Usman Gul, a former strategy and enterprise partnership manager at on-demand food delivery company DoorDash. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.2 million publicly, with the recent seed round in August 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Fatima Gobi ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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August 16, 2019

Low-hazard synthetic and modified acids for oil and gas applications

Provides modified and synthetic acid compositions as low-hazard alternatives to conventional hydrochloric acid (HCl) for oil and gas applications; claims advantages in safety, performance, and costs During a four-well test pilot, Imperial Oil observed a 480% increase in production while reducing ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

August 16, 2019

Novel liquid-assisted gas lift for unconventional wells

The company was founded by Tim Bridges and Dr. Paulo Waltrich in Houston, Texas, in 2018 to develop novel artificial lift systems for unconventional resources; given its early stage, the company is likely privately funded to date but may have received minor grant funding from Shell GameChanger given... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

August 16, 2019

If you live in or near a large city, chances are you've seen a shared scooter or bike company set up operations. The segment, popularized by companies like Lime and Bird, saw valuations skyrocket and set records for the shortest amount of time from founding to unicorn status. The lure of zero-... read more.

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Josh Kern

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August 16, 2019

Humanoid robots with cloud processing

The company was started by CEO Bill Huang and Robert Zhang; both have led technology teams, drawing from experience at Apple, Microsoft, and AT&T. So far, the company has raised about $316 million in three funding rounds; the most recent Series B round raised about $186 million in February of 2019; ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Pasture monitoring system using satellite images and environmental data

The company was started by Richard Barton, whose background is in pharmaceutical machinery engineering. So far, the company has raised about $460,000 from seed funding in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize New Zealand-based venture capital firm K1W1. The company is a developer of a pasture ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Leg-mounted sensor technology to monitor lying times and lameness incidence in dairy cows

To date, the company has raised approximately $2.21 million. The company makes bovine-wearable accelerometers and a herd-monitoring platform to track animal fertility, lameness, and overall mobility; IceRobotics' platform is called CowAlert, and its two sensors are the IceTag and IceQube. The ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman and Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

August 16, 2019

This summary report is one of the outcomes of an interactive roundtable of agrifood industry peers, which focused on two major topics impacting the entire agrifood ecosystem: digitalization and personalization. On the digitalization front, this report assesses the potential of emerging digital ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Bioinformatics in Agrifood and Health

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The availability and production of biological data continues to grow as next generation analyses become more cost effective. While bioinformatic solutions are not new to the biotech industry, they are often shrouded in the jargon of genomics and computer science while fundamentally changing the roles this data across the Agrifood and Health Ecosystem. This report clearly defines bioinformatics, explores the current landscape of available tools, differentiates developers, and lays of the future opportuntiies for these solutions.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for key industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that exist for sector.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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.