Miraj Mainali

Consumer IoT More...

October 15, 2019

3D body scanning to help shoppers find the right size of clothing

The company was started by Elizabeth Stefanka (CEO) in 2014; prior to the company, Elizabeth worked in several project and business development managerial roles in addition to her early career in makeup art and fashion design; however, she lacks a technical background in computer vision and ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

October 15, 2019

Natural language generation platform

Develops a natural language generation (NLG) platform to convert structured data into text narratives; the software can interpret and generate content in U.S. and U.K. English, Spanish, German, and Arabic Uses a combination of template-based and machine learning approaches, which it claims creates ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation

October 15, 2019

Computer vision-based emotion analytics

Develops a software product that uses computer vision and deep learning to analyze human emotions; targets applications in retail analytics, product testing, driver monitoring, user experience, political analysis, and analysis of customers' attention to advertisements Claims differentiation with the... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Machine learning-driven cobalt exploration

The company was founded by Kurt Zenz House, Josh Goldman, and Jeff Jurinak in 2018 to accelerate battery materials development by combining basic ore deposit (cobalt) science and materials informatics. So far, the company has raised about a $20 million Series A from Breakthrough Energy Ventures and ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Sells nanoparticle-containing hydrophobic coatings for consumer applications

The NanoFactory was founded in 2013 and is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland (U.K.). The company makes superhydrophobic coatings based on silica nanotechnology; the coating is water-based, contains no solvents, and is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. In terms of ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Lux recently attended and presented at the TCT Show 2019, a leading exhibition and conference on 3D printing. More than 200 exhibitors introduced new products, product upgrades, and new partnerships. This insight shares our major takeaways from the event in terms of use cases, ongoing challenges, ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

October 15, 2019

Hydrogen from food waste using microbial electrolysis

Develops a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) for production of hydrogen from food waste; MEC has higher electrical efficiency than water electrolysis At the prototype scale; plans to launch a 2 kg/day hydrogen pilot unit in 2020 and 10 kg/day hydrogen commercial units by 2022 Business model is to ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Post-processing hardware, software, and materials for surface finishing and support removal of 3D-printed parts

Develops hardware, software, and chemicals for automated post-processing; the company's support removal pre-mixed detergents and surface finishing media are available in various formulations, and it claims they are proven for most commercial 3D printing technologies, including PolyJet, SLA, FDM, MJF... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Micropore biosensors capable of detecting and quantifying nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules

Silicon pore-based molecule detection where individual molecules cause a shift in conductance over a given duration of time that may be mapped to specific molecules or molecular characteristics of nucleic acids, protein, and small molecules The company develops a single-pore system for point-of-use ... read more.
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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.
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Top 10 Global Hotspots for Smart City Innovation

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

Every city wants to be a “smart city” in pursuit of economic growth, sustainability, and quality of life. Many organizations have developed ranking tools to characterize smart cities across various aspects. However, these rankings fall short, as none of them are comprehensive enough to address all of the overarching themes, which include connectivity, water and energy, infrastructure, mobility, and governance. In this report, we present the Lux Smart City Ranking, which is a composite index that uses a weighted evaluation to score cities on their pursuit of and progress toward being a smart city. We also present individual case studies to identify the best practices of the top innovators.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

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

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Industrial Wastewater Market Trends and Opportunities

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

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.

Bioinformatics in Agrifood and Health

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

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.