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Joshua Haslun

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March 18, 2019

Helps communities and organizations establish nonexpert monitoring programs specialized in agriculture

The company's founders include Dan TerAvest, Greg Austic, and Nexus Computing (Manuel Di Cerbo as acting partner) Our-Sci's sensors and software platforms are completely open-source The software platforms provide a data collection service that automatically validates sensor measurements, decreasing ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 18, 2019

Genome editing has received most of the hype and interest surrounding the future of crop development in the past year, but should genetic engineering (to yield so-called "GMOs") be left out of the equation? The planting of GMO crops has increased by 10 million acres annually (according to the ISAAA... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 18, 2019

Processes grasses with mobile biorefinery for improved-digestibility feed and compound feed ingredients

The company was started by Johan Sanders in 2014 and is managed by a team of three: Peter van Paridon, Bram Koopmans, and Hans de Vries So far, the company has raised about $250,000 from the Limburg Development and Investment Company and is a part of the EIP-Agri Biorefinery Glas project The company... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 18, 2019

Develops bio-based coatings and soil-resetting treatment to control pests (the profile is focused on soil resetting)

The company was founded by research efforts at Wageningen University; the current managing director is Herman Feil, while the head of the soil-resetting business unit is Henk Meints Thatchtec's soil-resetting business develops an anaerobic disinfestation process (ADP) for soils significantly ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

March 18, 2019

Smart home control system

The company was founded by CEO Mark Lyle and Chief Design Officer Chris Ladwig in 2018; Mark has held previous co-founder and CTO roles, including a successful exit of semiconductor company Universal Microwave Designs. So far, the company has raised about $1 million in a seed round from lighting ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 18, 2019

3D printing of ophthalmic lenses

Uses a custom 3D inkjet printer and ultraviolet (UV) curing process to produce optics; in 2017, the company shifted its focus from producing secondary optics for LED lighting to ophthalmic lens manufacturing To date, has raised around $50 million, including a Series C round for $14 million closed in... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

March 16, 2019

Fiber-optic camera and laser tools for downhole oil and gas applications

Provides a fiber-optic downhole camera tool for visual inspection applications including corrosion and erosion monitoring, scale and hydrate identification, and locating and imaging dropped objects In early stages of commercializing the downhole camera, having completed 45 commercial jobs to date ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 15, 2019

Enzymatic filtration for the removal of organic micropollutants

The company was started by Martin Ryen (CEO) in 2013 to commercialize an enzyme-based organic degradation process. To date, the company has raised about €2 million as part of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase II. The company develops specialized enzymes using a recombinant technique to create ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 15, 2019

Carbon fiber pipe linings and other repair and maintenance products and services

Peter Emmons founded Structural Technologies in 1976. The company makes numerous products for repair and maintenance, including V-Wrap, a carbon or glass fiber strengthening/repair patch for concrete, metallic, and polymer-based pipelines; StrongPIPE, a steel-reinforced composite pipeline repair ... read more.
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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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 Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

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