Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Concrete reinforcement solutions made of mineral fiber composite

The company was started by Per Cato Standal in 2009; it has offices in Ireland and Norway. Among its investors, we highlight Infinity Wealth Ventures, which is a basalt bar manufacturer in Norway. The company develops reinforcement solutions for concrete, made from mineral fiber (basalt or alkaline ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

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February 18, 2020

Production of cellular and acellular agricultural products from cell cultures; cellular products include clean meat, and acellular products include fermentation-derived proteins and food ingredients. The cellular agriculture landscape is set to grow further in the coming years. However, cost-... read more.

Technology

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Li-ion batteries for electric mobility

The company was founded by Huang Xuejie in 2003 in Suzhou, China, based on research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by Liquan Chen. The company makes prismatic Li-ion batteries for mobility applications; its uses both NMC and LMO/LFP cathodes, graphite and silicon/graphene anodes, and an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 18, 2020

Digital grocery recommendation platform

The company was founded by Spencer Price (CEO), Gabriel Nipote (COO), and Henry Michaelson (CTO); Spencer and Gabriel have a background in economics and business, and Henry has a background in computer science. So far, the company has raised about $2 million, including $1.4 million from a seed round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 17, 2020

Gas sensors using a redox reaction mechanism to identify and quantify gaseous chemicals

The company was founded by Pierre-Alexandre Gross and Ehsan Sadeghipour in 2018 as a spinoff from Standford University; the company relies on research funds at the current stage. The company offers small-form-factor electrochemical gas sensors using proton (hydrogen ion, H+) conductive Nafion ... read more.
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Lisheng Gao

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February 17, 2020

Carbon nanotube-based chemical sensors

The company offers carbon nanotube (CNT)-based chemical sensor chips; these sensors can detect analytes including gases, liquids, and proteins The sensor chips are fabricated using standard commercial 200 nm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication techniques on semiconductor wafer... read more.
Company Profile

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 17, 2020

Vehicles powered by electric motors instead of combustion engines, sourcing electricity from fuel cells, batteries, or other energy storage devices. Moving away from reliance on nonrenewable sources of energy is central to the energy transition, and electrifying the transportation sector would make ... read more.

Technology

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 17, 2020

The microbiome is leveraged across a wide range of industries to drive value for a variety of consumers and users (see Lux's Tech Pages on the skin microbiome, microbiome analysis, and prebiotics, probiotics, and biofertilizers). Most companies take a first-stage approach leveraging microbial ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 17, 2020

Cell-based meat developer

The company was started by Uma Valeti, current CEO and former Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and Nicholas Genovese, current CSO and stem cell biologist. So far, the company has raised about $181 million, of which $161 million came from a Series B round in January 2020. Among its investors, we highlight ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 14, 2020

Crop advisory app for disease identification and treatment suggestions

Develops a mobile app that offers free characterization of approximately 600 plant symptoms of diseases, pest damage, and nutrient deficiencies for 45 different crops using image recognition software; includes access to plant pathologists, weather and disease alerts, and a crop advisory tool Targets... read more.
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Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is 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.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Preparing for quantum computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems that are not addressable even by today’s high-performance computers. Previously inaccessible advantages in new product development and operational improvements are being targeted through applications like quantum chemical simulation and optimizing vehicle routes for fleets. Quantum computers are not yet advanced enough to provide advantages for business applications, but the last few years have shown it growing rapidly in innovation activity. To prepare organizations for this emerging technology, we answer why quantum computing is valuable, when it will be ready, and how interested organizations should engage.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

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

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.