Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 5, 2019

Nanostructured polymer-based coatings

Develops clear polymer coatings with anticorrosion, UV protection, scratch resistance, chemical resistance, self-cleaning, water resistance, anti-icing, and anti-fouling properties; claims its clear coats extend the paint cycle by three times to five times In 2015, switched focus from licensing ... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

December 4, 2019

Develops superbright, high-resolution microLED displays for next-generation AR glasses

Spun out from IMEC to commercialize GaN-to-silicon die attach for the Augmented Reality market Focuses on microLED display fabrication and its use in AR glasses; claims that the proprietary wafer-to-wafer bonding process developed for wafer sizes greater than 8" makes the process cheaper and higher ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

The Future of Mobility

December 4, 2019

Compact flying car for vertical take-off and landing

Cartivator is developing the SkyDrive, a folding-wing, two-passenger, battery electric flying car with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The company was founded in 2012 as a group of volunteers from Tokushima University; volunteers work in academia and the automotive and aviation ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Material innovations for consumer packaging applications. Consumer packaging protects consumer goods from damage and serves as a major marketing tool for brands. Innovation in this space is crucial to improving performance, consumer experience, and sustainability but is extremely challenging due to ... read more.

Technology

Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 4, 2019

The ability of machines to interpret and extract information from visual data. Computer vision has quickly matured and is being used to successfully address real-world problems in nearly every industry sector. We expect to continue to see rapid adoption of the technology in a plethora of different ... read more.

Technology

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation More...

December 4, 2019

Technology that isolates a user from the real surrounding environment to simulate a computer-generated one. As virtual reality settles in its post-hype state, clients should consider it as a niche tool within the digital toolbox (see Fig. 4). The technology should not be applied for every problem, ... read more.

Technology

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Apparel brand owners frequently search for new textile and fiber innovations to differentiate themselves in the world of fashion. With growing pressure from consumers to offer sustainable options, apparel companies have joined together and have committed to more sustainable practices that reduce ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Gene editing technology for livestock

The company was started by Scott Fahrenkrug (CSO), who previously served as tenured faculty in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. So far, the company has raised about $53 million from venture capital and grant funding. Among its investors, we highlight the National ... read more.
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Tim Grejtak

Owning the Energy Transition More...

December 4, 2019

On January 1, 2020, the maritime sector will undergo a sea change in its choice of fuel. Large vessels, such as those that transport the 10 billion tons of cargo between ports each year, have long relied on high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO, a cheap residual oil) to keep costs down, but concerns about ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 3, 2019

Cationic cotton pretreatment chemistry that increases uptake of dye and reduces water and chemical use

The company was founded by Michael and Eli Harari after meeting textile chemist and Colorzen's technology investor, Tony Leonard, in 2012. The company develops drop-in cationic pretreatment chemistry for cotton that increases uptake of dye by altering the molecular structure and charge of the cotton... read more.
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Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.

Do digital healthcare models lead to more cost savings than traditional healthcare models?

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Digital technologies in healthcare are expected to increase in scope and to affect ever more parts of the healthcare system, as Lux has postulated previously. It is, however, vital to examine if new digital methods and innovations provide monetary value compared with traditional models of care. Technology for technology’s sake without evidence of being less costly in the long run, especially in a climate where healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, can be catastrophic to all stakeholders. Through different models and projections, this report will evaluate if digital transformation of healthcare will indeed be less costly in the long run compared to traditional healthcare models.