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

Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 9, 2019

Heat spreading and dissipation materials and systems for electronic devices. The thermal management materials landscape will become more diverse in terms of both price and performance. In the next few years, higher-performing fillers like graphene and graphene oxide are likely to displace ... read more.

Technology

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

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.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation in 2020

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 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.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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: Q1 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.