Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

January 29, 2020

Live microorganisms (bacteria and yeast) that, when administered in the right amounts, confer host microbiota-targeted health benefits. Probiotics will continue to garner attention, given their potential to impact multiple application areas. Expect to see more investment activities around the ... read more.

Technology

Arij van Berkel

Future Grid More...

January 29, 2020

Utility data integration and analytics

Greenbird was started by Thorsten Heller in 2010; it has raised about €4.6 million ($5 million), with contributions from Statkraft Ventures and ETF Partners; the company is part of the 2018 cohort of the Free Electrons accelerator Greenbird's Utilihive platform enables the integration of various ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 28, 2020

Robotics system developers for harsh and unstructured environments

Develops robotic hardware, control software, and cloud services for inspection, repair, and maintenance of underwater assets Recently developed Aquanaut, a robot that can transform between a long-distance travel mode and a tetherless remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) mode for light ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva and Benjamin Torda

Energy Storage More...

January 28, 2020

This insight is part of the Lux Energy Team's Year in Review series examining the highlights and key developments of the energy industry in 2019. For an overview of the entire energy ecosystem, see the hottest energy topics and highlights across four key storylines. For deep dives into particular ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

January 27, 2020

Wearable headband that maintains optimal temperature during sleep

The company was founded by Eric Nofzinger, who was a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for more than 30 years. To date, the company has raised approximately $38 million in one funding round in January 2017. Among its investors, we highlight Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 27, 2020

In the past two decades, there has been major growth in crowdsourced open innovation, including hackathons, open conferences, startup pitches, and innovation challenges. We have seen these events transform the computer science space into a sandbox environment by encouraging and facilitating ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 24, 2020

Bacterial nanocellulose for medical applications like wound care, burn care, and pre- and post-cosmetic treatments

Bowil Biotech is a bacterial nanocellulose company commercializing technology initially developed at the Lodz University of Technology (LUT) in Poland; the company was founded in 2006, establishing ties with LUT in 2009 resulting in the purchase of LUT's "know-how" for bacterial cellulose production... read more.
Company Snapshot

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 24, 2020

Ozonolysis of bio-oils into diacids, aldehydes, and other specialty chemicals

Developed an ozonolysis platform to convert vegetable oils and other bio-based feedstocks into diacids, aldehydes, and other oxidation products; primarily uses high-oleic oils like palm oil and soybean oil as feedstock Continuous small-volume process reduces the potential danger associated with ... read more.
Company Profile

Chad Goldberg

Energy Storage More...

January 24, 2020

eVTOL aircraft developer

The company was founded by JoeBen Bevirt in 2009 to develop a piloted, four-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft intended for service as an air taxi. To date, the company has raised approximately $720 million; among its investors, we highlight Intel Capital, JetBlue Technology ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Herrera

Digital Transformation More...

January 24, 2020

E-bikes and e-scooters powered by supercapacitors

QiQ is a rental company for e-bikes and e-scooters powered by supercapacitors; the company designs the vehicles and software for the customer and fleet observation. The e-bikes and e-scooters can be charged to full power in seven minutes for a range of 9 km to 15 km; the e-bike uses a pedal-assist ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

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.

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

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.