Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 6, 2020

In a 2013 report, Lux predicted that the first major commercial products with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) would not emerge until 2030. This was proven untrue by NuMat launching its ION-X platform for gas separation and storage in 2016 and MOF Technologies almost succeeding with Decco for the ... read more.

Case Study

Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 6, 2020

Synthetic spider silk via microbial fermentation

The company was founded by CEO Dan Widmaier, CSO David Breslauer, and VP of Operations Ethan Mirsky in 2009 as "Refactored Materials," changing its name to Bolt Threads in 2014. The company makes synthetic spider silk from yeast-based aerobic fermentation; for more details on Bolt Threads' core ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 6, 2020

Pick and place robotic solutions for order fulfillment

The company was founded by CEO Kacper Nowicki, CTO Marek Cygan, and COO Tristan d'Orgeval in 2017; the team brings experience from Google and research in deep learning. So far, the company has raised about $8.6 million in a seed round led by Khosla Ventures and Hoxton Ventures in February 2020. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Shriram Ramanathan

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 6, 2020

Ensuring compliance with regulations can span topics as wide as finance, shipping, labor, and product safety. It plays an important role in many industries, and failing to ensure compliance can prove to be costly both financially and to the brand. This is easier said than done. Product risk and ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 6, 2020

Digital therapeutic for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain

The company was founded by Daniel Perez and Gabriel Mecklenburg in 2015. To date, the company has raised about $126 million from venture capital firms like Bessemer Venture Capital and Insight Partners. The company is a developer of a physical therapy app combined with sensors to help guide patients... read more.
Company Snapshot

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 6, 2020

Digital biomarker-based tool for diagnosing dementia

The company was started by Adrian Locher, Fabian Wahle, Ioannis Tarnanas, Maximilian Bügler, and Richard Fischer in 2014. So far, the company has raised about $8.3 million in early-stage venture funding. The company is a developer of a platform for early diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI... read more.
Company Snapshot

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 6, 2020

Remote sensing-informed soil sampling and analysis

The company was founded by Sam Duncan (CEO) who has a strong background in logistics and Shahriar Jamshidi (CTO) who has a background in software engineering. So far, the company has raised about $1.1 million as a part of the Soiltech Project awarded to Andrea Koch to form a partnership between ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Michael Holman

Accelerating Materials Innovation

February 6, 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose... read more.

State of the Market Report

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 5, 2020

MOF-based company focused on large-scale production and development

Founded by Daniel Steitz and other academic co-founders in 2017 as a spinout from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Uses a continuous flow method to produce metal-organic frameworks (MOFs); key claims of the company are that its method can be used regardless of the MOF structure and can be used to ... read more.
Company Profile

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

February 5, 2020

Flare gas capture for on-site computing power

The company was started by CEO Chase Lochmiller and President Cully Cavness to develop solutions that address flaring emissions in upstream oil and gas; the company is based out of Denver, Colorado. To date, the company has raised approximately $30 million in equity funding led by Bain Capital ... read more.
Company Snapshot

The Business of Personalized Nutrition

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

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

This report will examine personalized nutrition business model considerations and strategies.

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 to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

Will 3D printing replace 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 and can play an enabling role in vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they will interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

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.

Ultra-wideband radar sensors

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Ultra-wideband (UWB) radar is a promising technology for the detection of humans and moving objects, through-wall imaging, and search and rescue applications due to its high-resolution and high-accuracy features. With the progressive development of miniaturized, energy-efficient, and low-cost radar sensors, the applications expand to personal electronics, IoT devices, health care products, and robotics. This report will outline the landscape of the technology, reveal the challenges that need to be overcome, and provide outlooks on the future roles of the UWB radar sensors.

Autonomous Vehicle Cost Model 2020

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

As the cost of sensors, processors, and batteries go down, the overall cost of an autonomous vehicle is starting to approach feasible levels for ride-hailing and logistics customers. While fleets operating businesses in those industries will almost immediately realize cost-effectiveness, through a cost modeling analysis, we'll explore when other industries and consumers will be able to afford this emerging technology.