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Jerrold Wang

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May 14, 2019

3D reinforced carbon fiber composites

Developed a roll-to-roll process to apply a coating of vertically oriented short carbon fibers to fabrics and unidirectional tapes; the process can be used to make both three-dimensionally reinforced prepregs and fabrics Uses proprietary magnetic field technology to control the direction of the ... read more.
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Semafora
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Miraj Mainali

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May 14, 2019

Informatics software solutions

Semafora (previsously called Ontoprise) was founded by Jürgen Angele, Stefan Decker, Rudi Studer, Steffen Staab, and Hans-Peter Schnurr in 1999 as a spinoff from Karlsruhe University; it filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and got acquired by Triangle Venture Capital Group; Bernd Geiger, the founder of the... read more.
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Visionlib
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Cole McCollum

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May 14, 2019

3D object tracking for AR applications

The company was founded by CEO Harald Wuest, CTO Timo Engelke, Folker Weintapper, and Jens Keil; prior to starting the company, the founders worked at Fraunhofer Institute, a vision technology research institute. The company’s investors include High-Tech Grunderfonds and Fraunhofer; financial ... read more.
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Anora
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Miraj Mainali

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May 14, 2019

Software for digitizing FDA applications

The company was started by Michelle Wu (CEO), Eric Loreaux, with the help of a team of Stanford students, faculty, and alumni in 2017; it was called Nova Approval until 2018; the company is funded by the Stanford BIOME group and Cardinal Ventures, but the funding amount has not been publicly ... read more.
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Cyrus biotechnology
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Miraj Mainali

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May 14, 2019

Computational protein engineering software

Develops enterprise software for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures; leverages an open-source software called Rosetta and adds features including a GUI on top Claims that its software is cloud-based as well as easy to learn and use, which makes the protein engineering process ... read more.
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Tesla
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Josh Kern and Cole McCollum

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May 14, 2019

Tesla has long been promising full self-driving capability for its vehicles. In fact, the company has claimed that all vehicles sold since October 2016 have the necessary hardware (radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors) for full self-driving. The plan was to update the software in these vehicles ... read more.

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Matthew Wagner

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 14, 2019

Offers broadly applicable 3D printing software said to be "tested and optimized for hundreds of different 3D printers"

The company was started by mechanical engineer Clayton Webster in 2013. To date, the company has not disclosed any outside investors. The company is a developer of 3D printing software that includes model setup, support structure generation, preprint simulation, and slicing; more advanced features ... read more.
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Arevo
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Xiao Zhong

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May 14, 2019

Digital part design and 3D printing using carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites

Designs and 3D prints high-performance continuous carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Provides an end-to-end solution for composite design and manufacturing. Key technologies include materials development using its proprietary algorithms, software for part design that enables ... read more.
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Cyanoguard
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 14, 2019

Rapid grab sample analysis for cyanide detection in mining, wastewater, food, and health care

The company was started by Benedikt Kirchgassler and spun out of the University of Zurich. CyanoGuard has raised funding from MassChallenge and the European Horizon EU 2020 Phase 1 grant of €50,000; the company also raised a seed round of up to $500,000 in 2017. The company makes a handheld ... read more.
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Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

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.

The commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

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?

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

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: June 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.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.