Anthony Schiavo and Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation

February 11, 2020

Sustainability fervor – which has been building in importance over the past few years – has reached a new height in 2020. Chemical industry leaders made lofty statements at the World Economic Forum in Davos about the importance of engaging in sustainable development. Despite that, the chemicals ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Laura Krishfield

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February 11, 2020

In response to depleting fish stocks and increasing global aquaculture production, research and development around single-cell proteins (SCPs) is making headway as an alternative ingredient to replace fish meal in aqua and other livestock feeds. However, this renewed interest is also paving the way ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 11, 2020

Vision system and tooling for pick-and-place robots

CTO Peter KT Yu co-founded the company in 2018 after leading Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge from 2015 to 2017; the technology developed in that challenge went on to form the basis of XYZ Robotics Develops a vision system consisting of AI software running on an industrial ... read more.
Company Profile

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 11, 2020

Thin lithium metal anodes for lithium-ion batteries

Makes ultrathin lithium for cathodes and an additional coating for electrodes to prevent dendrite formation and increase cycle life Formed in 2017 by Lin Chen and Bob Conrardy; Lin has a background in battery research, and Bob worked in management and banking services Its ultrathin lithium is made ... read more.
Company Profile

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 10, 2020

Oral and gut microbiome health company

Developing technologies and products to improve the human oral and gut microbiomes; launched its first product ("Qii") – an anti-cavity tea beverage using a xylitol-based, pH neutral formulation – in 2018 Close to launching a second beverage product using the same formulation as Qii but carbonated; ... read more.
Company Profile

Chad Goldberg

Digital Transformation More...

February 10, 2020

Computer vision system for road assessments

The company was founded by Dr. Christoph Mertz, Dr. Mark DeSantis, and Dr. Benjamin Schmidt as a spinout of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. To date, the company has raised about $12.4 million, with its largest investors being Radical Ventures, Wharton Alumni Angels, and Hyperplane ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Digital Transformation More...

February 10, 2020

High-accuracy pulsed coherent radar (PCR) sensors

Offers small form factor, low-cost, energy-efficient, and high-accuracy radar sensors, sensor modules, and software in its product portfolio; uses the sensors for short-range detection applications Designs the radar sensors and outsourced the production to semiconductor foundries in Singapore and ... read more.
Company Profile

Harini Venkataraman

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February 10, 2020

Modern Meadow had originally expressed its intent to make leather and meat using tissue engineering methods. The company's earlier patent applications outlined the use of edible microcarriers for cultured meat production. It later exclusively focused on bio-based leather. For the production of bio-... read more.

Case Study

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 7, 2020

Mobile fast charging for EVs

SparkCharge develops portable, modular electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers; the charger module attaches to a separate 3.5 kWh battery pack, which can be stacked with other packs for increased range. The company was founded by Joshua Aviv, Christopher Ellish, and Richard Whitney as a solution to EV ... read more.
Company Snapshot

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Framing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Current Status, Opportunities, and Challenges

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, water, and energy are critical resources, and share intimate connections. This connection forms a nexus, with actions in one sector influencing the others. Historically, policy and strategy makers have often considered these systems independently, disregarding their inter-dependency. Growing concerns on the affordability and accessibility of resources, driven by climate change and population growth, are making it increasingly important to understand the impacts and influences each of these sectors has on its counterparts in the nexus. This report will discuss the current state of the water-energy-food nexus, looking into its benefits for corporations, and barriers to successfully navigating; it will highlight successful strategies by companies using the nexus for more efficient and sustainable resource management.

AR-enabling data processing and software components

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Immersive and realistic overlay of virtual content onto a real-world image requires not only sophisticated hardware elements but also data processing. This study will dive into the necessary software components that enable AR experiences, describing critical computation steps such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), eye tracking, and image recognition for face, object, and gesture detections. We’ll also highlight various applications and developers that use these software elements in specific use-cases

EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Strategies for doing more with less

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, feed, and overall agriculture production struggles with low margins (e.g. high input costs and low product values), high resource use (e.g. land, water, labor, inputs), and today more than ever, the added pressure to reduce environmental impacts. These challenges amount to a tremendous ask of growers: “Do more with less.” But even more importantly input and protection players face an even more difficult ask: “Grow your business on declining sales.” This report connects the need to “do more with less” to the technology and business model innovations that allow you to avoid the characteristic race to the bottom associated with volume businesses, while gaining advantage in a rapidly changing industry.

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Robotics have automated simple industrial processes for decades, but recent advancements in machine vision, grippers, mobile robots, and collaborative robots have made all kinds of complex processes eligible for automation using robotics. This report will look at what kinds of processes are automatable across manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other environments by looking at a series of case studies. We'll also look at what resources are needed to build these solutions, including off-the-shelf platforms and custom solutions.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

With the emergence of smallsats and significant improvements in computer vision, satellite imaging has begun to serve powerful use cases that hint at its enormous future potential. In this report, we’ll discuss the factors that have led to the advances in satellite imaging we’re seeing today, the many use cases where the technology has found success, and what new capabilities and use cases to expect in the future.

The food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Being a successful food company in 2020 requires focus on things like sugar reduction and alternative proteins, but what about remaining a successful food company and growing through 2050? The majority of growth in the food and beverage industries in recent years has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products. This report will uncover the themes and technologies that will be most important to successful food companies in 2050.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.