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Holly Havel

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March 20, 2019

Metal-to-metal sealing technology for oil and gas pipelines

The company was started by CEO Elaine Galston in 2016 to develop metal-to-metal (M2M) sealing technology, which was invented and spun out by Meta Downhole and Shell as part of a joint industry project; the company's funding history is unknown. The company is a developer of a non-welded, non-threaded... read more.
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Josh Kern

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March 20, 2019

Food delivery robots for college campuses

The company develops a semiautonomous robot that delivers food to students and operates mostly on sidewalks of college campuses The robot features six cameras and uses computer vision to avoid obstacles as well as deep learning for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) Remote operators take ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Autonomous industrial vehicles

Members of the USU Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems founded Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) as a spinout in 2000; the company has raised $85 million in non-equity funding from undisclosed partners, though companies can buy shares in ASI's companies (ASI separates its verticals ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Mechanical and solid-state lidar for autonomous vehicles

CEO Yifan Li and CTO Shaoqing Xiang founded Hesai in 2013; Hesai raised $16 million in a Series A led by Pagoda investment and joined Baidu's Apollo project in 2017; it raised another $40 million in a 2017 Series B led by Baidu Apollo and Lightspeed China Partners, for a total of $58 million in ... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

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March 20, 2019

Powered exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation applications

The company was founded in 2016 and has received two rounds of funding to date; funding amounts are undisclosed, but investors include Lenovo Capital, Taiyou Fund, and Share Capital. The company is a developer of exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation purposes; its products include powered lower-... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 20, 2019

Lux had the opportunity to give the opening speech at this year's Bioplastics Market Summit in Bangkok, which also featured leading bioplastics players like Genomatica, Total Corbion, Synvina, and Novamont; major brands like Marks & Spencer and Ikea; and major chemical players like PTT and DSM. The ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

March 19, 2019

Machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition

The company was started by Ted Cho (CEO), Doug Ahn (COO), Seongjin Cho (CTO), and Jungyeol Lee (Staff Engineer) in November 2015 to develop machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition; the founding team members have ... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

Digital sales platform for the chemicals industry

Wholly owned but independent subsidiary of Lanxess, operating a digital marketplace for the chemicals industry The main features of its marketplace include searching, data availability on technical specs and pricing, support for direct transactions on its platform, and order tracking Platform is ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong and Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

The past few years have witnessed tremendous momentum for 3D printing. However, novel 3D printable materials development has been much less emphasized compared to innovations in other parts of the 3D printing value chain, such as hardware and software technologies. Although top 3D printing companies... read more.

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The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Digital Twins

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will provide a brief overview of digital twins, including what they are, key use cases, example developers, and recommendations for clients interested in implementing digital twins in their processes.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Digitizing the fight against diabetes: From therapy to prevention

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

In this report we approach the digital management of diabetes by looking at the complete health spectrum from healthy to severely diseased individuals and highlight unmet needs and opportunities that digital health developers should take advantage of. We also highlight how these strategies should consider underlying differences, from molecular to cultural, when addressing different markets and regions.

How to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Materials informatics applies data science and AI methods to better understand the use, selection, development, and discovery of materials. As an emerging technology with strong momentum during the past year, it is used across the value chain, from upstream materials and chemicals developers to downstream product manufacturers. In this report, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the key players and their activities in this space. Specifically, we will review different application areas, data challenges, and recent developments from both startups and large corporations. We also provide our vision on the near future of how materials informatics will expand from materials to parts and products, from working with a few R&D units to establishing a whole platform for each part of the value chain. Finally, we discuss why clients across the value chain should overcome the data-sharing fear to work on materials informatics. We also propose three strategies to engage with materials informatics and advise on how to form a strategy that works the best.

Genomics in agriculture

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Big data in agriculture was initially synonymous with "precision agriculture," however the rise of genomics and other informatics tools are fundamentally changing the roles DNA and data play in agriculture. (This report will be the first of a "Genomics in X" series, building on the "Power of DNA" report/webinar)

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

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: April 2019

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