Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 17, 2019

AI-powered system for real-time, continuous microbial detection and identification

Provides an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, microscope-based system to monitor water quality for bacteria and potentially other harmful particles in real time, distinguishing the contaminants by their physical characteristics (i.e., shape, color, mass distribution) Built a proof-of-concept ... read more.
Company Profile

Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Lux has worked with many clients to help them spot AI opportunities and cutting-edge technology developers. However, many clients still face challenges in integrating AI across their own organization or even establishing their own AI capabilities. This insight categorizes the AI value chain and ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 17, 2019

Autonomous drone software for inventory inspection

Develops an autonomy stack and inventory tracking service for warehouses using drones; features include bar code scanning, temperature monitoring, detecting stock-keeping units (SKUs), and visual inspection The company claims its solution is 15× faster and 30× cheaper than using human labor for the ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

In April 2019, Takeoff, a software platform that manages microfulfillment centers across North America, partnered with Knapp, a warehouse automation provider that plans to open up 50 more of the micro fulfillment centers. These centers are expected to process up to $1.5 billion in grocery e-commerce... read more.

Case Study

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Software platform for behavioral analytics to assess organizational change

Humanyze provides an organizational network analytics software platform that measures, aggregates, and models anonymous data from digital communications, including chat, email, surveys, as well as proximity, motion, audio and smart identification badge sensors to model worker behavior and test ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Micro-fulfillment center-based grocery procurement platform

The company was founded by CEO José Vicente Aguerrevere and COO Max Pedro in 2016; to date, Takeoff has raised $63.9 million, with investments from Forrestal Capital and Ignia. The company develops a software platform that automates grocery fulfillment; Takeoff partners with warehouse automation ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

October 17, 2019

Three-in-one testing tool for in situ geomechanical data

Develops a novel downhole tool that incorporates minifrac, intelligent packer, and downhole scratch testing components to measure in situ geomechanical properties in real time Collects comprehensive geomechanical data, which is used to determine key formation characteristics, such as normal stress, ... read more.
Company Profile

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

October 17, 2019

Passive electroseismic technology for hydrocarbon exploration

The company was started by Hunt Energy Enterprises, a venture startup incubator owned by Hunt Consolidated, in Dallas, Texas, in 2016; the company is now led by CEO Dan Meyer, who has more than 27 years of experience in management and private equity. To date, the company has raised approximately $12... read more.
Company Snapshot

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 17, 2019

Sorting out protocol proliferation With the proliferation of wireless communications protocols, including Amazon's Sidewalk, Vivint's fixed 5G, and multiple flavors of 5G, companies need to understand the fit each version has with their applications' requirements. In addition, they need to determine... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

October 16, 2019

Introduction AI is critical to solving healthcare's biggest challenges, such as rising healthcare costs, chronic diseases and aging, and shifting expectations in developing economies with limited healthcare personnel and infrastructure, but applying it successfully is no easy task. One doesn't have ... read more.

Analyst Insight

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

With pervasive connectivity, cheap sensing, and the rise of advanced analytics, industries that have not traditionally been digital-forward are seeing rapid, transformative change as they collect and use more data than ever before and as their product ecosystems become digitized. As digital becomes a major differentiating point in product innovation, incumbents will face a threat of being relegated to second-tier roles as contract manufacturers and commodity players, and must take action today to create a role for themselves in the future of their industry. The first step in this adaptation is understanding the impacts and future trajectory of digital transformation in the physical industries, which is addressed in this report.

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.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

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.