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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Consumers are opting for environmentally conscious products with better end-of-life disposal, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With increasing awareness of the negative environmental effects of incumbent materials, there is a preference for sustainable options and eco-friendly products, leading to ... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Develops adjuvant technology that carries, protects, and releases active ingredients while targeting plant and insect surfaces

The company was founded by Ameer Shakeel and Payam Pourtaheri through the University of Virginia's i.Lab incubator. To date, the company has raised about $5 million, including a $4 million Series A round in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize Ospraie Ag Science and Cavallo Ventures. The company ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Bioinformatics, the application of computational tools to transform, standardize, analyze, store, and organize biological data, will play a game-changing role in the identification and development of future opportunities across the agrifood and health ecosystem. The prominent use cases for ... read more.

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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 16, 2019

Autonomous mobile robots for material transport

The company was acquired by Teradyne in 2018 for $148 million; Teradyne also acquired cobot maker Universal Robots in 2015. The company is a developer of a line of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can be used for material transport; the company also develops a web-based fleet management software... read more.
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Nanopack
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Nanoclay-based recyclable barrier coatings

Develops nanoclay-containing polymeric moisture barrier coatings called "NanoSeal" for flexible plastic packaging (FPP) films, including PE, BOPE, and MDO NanoPack's primary value proposition is that NanoSeal-coated FPP films are recyclable while maintaining low cost and high moisture and oxygen ... read more.
Company Profile
Rapidtpc
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Thermoplastic composite molding equipment and part production

Developed a process for lower-cost partial production automation for thermoplastic composite parts Provides composite part design and prototyping services as well as production runs up to hundreds of thousands of units per year Currently produces parts for sports and recreation as well as medical ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

September 16, 2019

Pulsed electric well stimulation for unconventional and conventional oil and gas applications

Develops a pulsed electrical well stimulation system that leverages subsurface electrical stimulation to increase permeability and create microfracture networks by inducing thermal stress, reducing oil viscosity, and/or inducing vibration Claims its system is up to 66% cheaper than hydraulic ... read more.
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Flylogix
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

September 16, 2019

Unmanned autonomous vehicles for offshore oil and gas applications

The company was started by Chairman Charles Tavner in June 2015 to develop drone-based solutions for infrastructure monitoring and inspection applications; the company's funding history is undisclosed. The company develops remotely piloted drone solutions to monitor and inspect offshore ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Chickpea protein concentrates and chickpea flour

The company was started by former Altria executive Richard Kelly (a current adviser) and Michael Spinelli (chief innovation officer), who previously worked with Ben & Jerry's and Sabra. To date, the company has raised approximately $13.4 million; the company last raised $2.9 million in August 2019 ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Therapeutics and supplements for cognitive health

The company was founded by neuroscientist Shawn Watson (CEO), inspired by his personal experience witnessing dementia within his family. So far, the company has raised about $2 million through a seed round from undisclosed investors in June 2017; at the time of the seed round, it anticipated opening... read more.
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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.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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.

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?

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: September 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.

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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

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.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

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.