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Xiao Zhong

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June 25, 2019

Generative design and multiphysics simulation

The company was founded by Stephen Karasek and Pedro Gomes in 2018 to commercialize the simulation-enabled generative design software they built at Northeastern University. To date, the company has raised approximately $100,000 through a seed fund from IDEA, Northeastern University's venture ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 25, 2019

Online platform that provides customer support service through crowdsourcing and AI

The company was founded by Anthony Brydon (CEO) and Jeff Patterson (Head of Product) to develop an online platform that provides customer support service through crowdsourcing; since its founding, the company has raised a total of $36 million in funding, including the most recent $20 million Series ... read more.
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Lexset
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Miraj Mainali

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June 25, 2019

Object recognition, visual search tool, and synthetic image data for training

The company was started by Leslie Oliver Karpas (CEO), Francis Bitonti (CTO), and Azam Khan (CBO); the founders have technical and entrepreneurship experience in 3D modeling and printing techniques but lack domain expertise in machine learning, AI, and augmented reality (AR). To date, the company ... read more.
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Logility
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Miraj Mainali

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June 25, 2019

Supply chain management software

Logility was founded in 1996 and went public in 1997; it has been a subsidiary of American Software since 2009; the company has acquired five organizations since 2004: Halo BI, Optiant, Demand Solutions, AdapChain, and MID Retail. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has offices in ... read more.
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Retailnext
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Miraj Mainali

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June 25, 2019

Retail analytics

The company was started by Alexei Agratchev (CEO), Arun Nair (CTO), and Marlie Liu (Head of Technical Service); the founders bring technical and domain expertise from several companies but lack entrepreneurship experience; the company has around 250 employees and office locations in San Jose, Dallas... read more.
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Carbon
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Xiao Zhong

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June 25, 2019

Although the amount of venture capital (VC) funding is only somewhat correlated with startup success, it is often an attractive metric that gets lots of customer attention. Today, 3D printing unicorn Carbon announced the close of a new growth funding round of more than $260 million. The new round, ... read more.

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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 25, 2019

Lithoz develops photolithography-based ceramic 3D printers and feedstock formulations for various industries including semiconductor, aerospace, and medical. Customers use its systems to make technical ceramic parts like chemical reaction vessels, catalyst supports, and casting cores to make the ... read more.

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Tugce Uslu

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June 25, 2019

Continuous fiber-reinforced polymer composite 3D printing

Has developed a print head and composite materials for continuous fiber composite 3D printing; launched its desktop professional 3D printer and robotic cell-based industrial 3D printer prototype in 2018 In-house-developed print head has two nozzles that enable depositing continuous fiber and any ... read more.
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Cura
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 25, 2019

Fungal fermentation-derived mineral supplements and ingredients

Develops nutritional mineral supplements and ingredients based on fermentation of filamentous fungi like Aspergillus oryzae or Aspergillus niger Claims differentiation in its fermentation-based approach, which results in whole-food minerals and slow release of bioavailable iron Has two granted ... read more.
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Savor
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Harini Venkataraman

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June 25, 2019

Plant-based meat analog products using 3D printing

Makes plant-based meat analog products using 3D printing technology; employs cellulose derivative in a 3D printing cartridge, which can be used as a self-assembling binder in place of other food binders Looking to raise about $2 million over the course of 2019 to complete product development In ... read more.
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Crude to chemicals: Bridging the gap between crude refining and petrochemicals

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The interest in crude-to-chemicals has rapidly grown in recent years with multiple integrated oil companies moving further into the downstream value chain. This report offers a landscape for the process, answering three questions: The various technologies C2C comprises of, the chemicals that can be produced, and the economics associated with the process.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.