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Joshua Haslun

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February 11, 2019

Develops root sensing and AI plant breeding platform for non-GMO crops

The company was founded by Spencer Maughan (partner at Finistere Ventures). The company's leadership includes a list of previous DuPont Pioneer members, including Mark Cooper (CTO), Bill Niebur (COO and president). To date, the company has raised approximately $11.5 million, including grants from ... read more.
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Nrgene
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Joshua Haslun

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February 11, 2019

Cloud-based genomics analysis

The company was started by Gil Ronen (CEO), Guy Kol (VP R&D), and David Lieber (Chair) in 2009. The company has not received funding to date but has established commercial and licensing contracts with Toyota, Macrogen, Bayer, Syngenta, BGI, and academic institutions including the University of ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 11, 2019

High-temperature thermoplastic polymers, pre-pregs, and components

Vertically integrated company that produces high-performance thermoplastics, including HPTP blends, prepregs, stock shapes, and molded parts, for high-temperature applications Produces polymers filled with reinforcements like PTFE, silicon, graphite, glass beads and powders, carbon fiber, glass ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 11, 2019

Gold recovery based on bromide and cyclodextrin

Developed a process to recover precious and rare-earth metals; focuses on gold recovery Uses hydrogen peroxide, bromide ions, acid, and α-cyclodextrin at room temperature and standard pressure to isolate a gold-cyclodextrin complex Claims process is four times faster, has 4% to 5% higher yields, and... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Digital Transformation More...

February 11, 2019

Lidar sensors for wind energy applications

Formerly known as ZephIR Lidar, ZX Lidars was founded in 2007 after Fred. Olsen purchased an exclusive license for an undisclosed amount. ZX Lidar's strategy is based on renting sensors for wind farm optimization; its portfolio includes two ground-based products that conduct vertical profiling in a ... read more.
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Wynd
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Hirosei Kuruma

Consumer IoT More...

February 8, 2019

City-level air quality monitoring and smart portable personal air purification

Develops indoor air quality monitoring and purifying products Differentiated by particulate matter sensors that adjust calibration over time to account for dust buildup, thus reducing the effect of sensor degradation Combines both indoor air quality sensor readings and outdoor air quality data (AIR ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

February 8, 2019

Smart plug offering recommendations for energy saving based on usage

Develops smart plugs and in-wall outlets for residential and commercial buildings that can actively turn power on and off and monitor energy usage Product can be controlled via a smartphone app or voice control using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant Algorithms learn the device usage patterns of ... read more.
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Awak technologies
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Nardev Ramanathan and Danielle Bradnan

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

February 8, 2019

Portable dialysis technology

The company was started by Kok Beng in 2007 and has raised about $17.2 million to date. The company makes portable, wearable peritoneal dialysis devices that use sorbent material to recycle the dialysate (the resultant fluid from dialysis, laden with uremic toxins) during the dialysis session. The ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

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February 7, 2019

Rugged mesh networking sensor devices and cloud platform

Offers remote monitoring and control systems for agriculture irrigation; provides rugged mesh networking sensor devices that monitor conditions including moisture, irrigation, pressure, and weather New products are less "heavy-duty" and thus cheaper to install; the C1 is primarily used in valve and ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

February 7, 2019

Advanced process control platform for autonomous midstream oil and gas operations

Develops three software applications: Flowbot for flow optimization in midstream oil and gas assets, Powerbot for power optimization in midstream oil and gas assets, and Dragbot for drag-reducing agent (DRA) optimization in midstream oil assets Leverages proprietary advanced process control ... read more.
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Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.