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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Southeast Asia presents a tantalizing yet challenging opportunity for the food industry. The region contains 10 countries, all within a 2,000 km radius and with some of the highest and lowest GDPs per capita in the world. Singapore sits at the high end, with $65,000 per capita, while Myanmar sits at... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

Produces animal proteins using synthetic biology techniques

Produces fermentation-derived animal proteins by employing synthetic biology techniques; product pipeline consists of six different animal proteins across four different animal types, having produced certain proteins up to the scale of 1,000-liter fermenters Plans to engage in a business-to-business... read more.
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Sara Olson

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Countertop steam oven and complementary meal delivery service

The company was founded by David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox, current CEO and CTO, respectively; the company was founded with the name Maestro, but rebranded as Tovala in January 2016 on its entry into the Y-Combinator. To date, the company has raised about $19 million in publicized fundraising, ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Immobilized microorganisms for sugar reduction in fruit juices

Develops immobilized microorganisms for the bioconversion of monosaccharides and disaccharides in fruit juices into nondigestible forms; continuous process claims to result in 30% to 80 % reduction in sugar So far, raised about €570,000 funding backed by The Kitchen FoodTech Hub incubator and is ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Upcycles soybean-derived pulp into a high-protein, high-fiber flour

The company was started by Claire Schlemme, who also started a juice bar business in Boston, Massachusetts. So far, the company has raised about $2.5 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we highlight HG Ventures. The company is a developer of a high-protein, high-fiber flour from okara, ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

Sensor and data integration to optimize processes from growth to harvest to shipping

The company was started by the cloud consultancy 9apps. To date, the company has raised about $5.5 million, including a 2019 Series A and two seed rounds in 2016. Among its investors, we emphasize SHIFT Invest and Rabo F&A Innovation. The company makes ZENSIE, a sensor-integrated dashboard that ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

As the crop trait discovery and development industry gains momentum (see recent news from Inari, Benson Hill Biosystems, and Cibus) thanks in large part to advances in technologies capable of reading, writing, and editing the genome, technologies capable of rapidly and comprehensively measuring the ... read more.

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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

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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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Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 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.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, and gas detection. In this report, we discuss the underlying drivers for the industry's imminent push for digital and analyze the primary struggle it faces today of "digital scale-up".

Thermal Management Materials Innovation Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

All types of electronic devices will need improved thermal management materials and systems. As chips improve their performance and more devices are packed into smaller areas, heat fluxes will increase, which will pose major cooling challenges. This report provides a landscape of material innovations, an overview of key players in the field, and our thoughts on future opportunities in thermal management materials.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as 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.