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Patricia daSilva

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January 18, 2019

Rotor sails for cargo ships

Norsepower was founded by CEO Tuomas Riski in November 2012 and has received more than $11.6 million in funding in the past two years from the EU, the Finish government, and different venture capital firms. Develops a rotor sail technology that harvests wind energy and provides auxiliary propulsion... read more.
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Biopetrolia
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

The company was started by Jens Nielsen and Anastasia Krivoruchko to commercialize yeast synthetic biology technology developed in Jens' lab. Among its investors, we emphasize Novo Seeds, which provided a pre-seed grant to Biopetrolia upon its founding in 2014. The company develops platforms to ... read more.
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Cleyond
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polyethylene and polyamide waste to regranulates

The company was founded by CEO Jürgen Pfister and CFO Andreas Nold in early 2017 to help solve the ocean plastics issue by finding an alternative end-of-life strategy for mixed plastic waste. Stakeholders include CEO Jürgen Pfister, who owns 24% of the company; CFO Andreas Nold, who owns 21%; German... read more.
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Purecycle
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polypropylene waste to regranulates

The company was started by former Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson after he worked with a group called Innventure, which identifies and commercializes the promising unused intellectual property of large companies; it licensed a solvent-based recycling method from Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2015. It is ... read more.
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Xyleco
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

While Xyleco has been on Lux's radar for a few years due to its immense patent portfolio (see below), there was little evidence of commercialization until it came into the spotlight thanks to a "60 Minutes" feature on January 6, 2019 filled with unsubstantiated claims. Although its website had ... read more.

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Advonex
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Catalytically converts triglycerides to a mixture of base oils, silicone replacements, and other hydrocarbon products

Catalytically converts oils, fats, and greases to a mixture of hydrocabon products, including group III/IV base oils, paraffin wax, silicone replacements, mineral oil, and a small percentage of diesel and glycerol; claims there are few competing silicone replacements in the cosmetic industry and its... read more.
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Victrex 1
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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

A clear leader and market pioneer in the global polyetheretherketone (PEEK) industry, with major applications in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, consumer electronics, and medical devices  Improved its already impressive financial standing with respect to growth as well as liquidity and solvency ... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Launched eight new products in 2017, among them enzymes for laundry detergents, starch production, and ethanol production and an isoflavonoid for enhanced microbial growth in soil Annual growth has slowed, with average annual growth decreasing from 9% to 6% over the past five years, and liquidity ... read more.

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Rigetti computing
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2019

Quantum computing with superconducting circuits

Develops superconducting circuit quantum computer (QC) processors and offers access to them via a cloud platform Claims differentiation from other general-purpose QC competitors like IBM and Google in two areas: the number of qubits in its chipset and the hybrid classical-quantum capabilities of its... read more.
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Valarm
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Venkatesh Konanur

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

January 17, 2019

The company was started by CEO Lorenzo Gonazlez, Edward Pultar, and Pawel Sasik; Valarm has not disclosed any of its funding details. The company is a developer of connected water and air quality systems that provide users with alerts on damage events like forest fires and flooding. Valarm uses a ... read more.
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Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex. Because of this complexity, identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and how it will enable digital services in the car.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.

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.

Corporate Tech Innovation is a Solved Problem: What You Need to Know to Be a Leader

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will discuss the most important corporate innovation tools, highlighting some neglected tools, and the keys to successful implementation.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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. 

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.

Top Materials Developments in 2018 and What to Look for in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

To guide clients for the year ahead, in this annual Lux report we review key tech activity from 2018 and identify key tech trends for 2019. We do this by combining analyst input with data from the Lux Intelligence Engine. Themes include a focus on using new digital technologies to enhance customer experience, the difficulty of turning materials inventions into products, and transforming consumer needs (including the desire for sustainability).