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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 16, 2019

Lux attended the biennial European Coatings Show 2019 in Nuremberg, an event that drew 30,500 visitors from 124 countries and showcased the spectrum of paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives. Many of the challenges from other industries also rang true for coatings – themes like uncertainty around... read more.

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Miraj Mainali

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May 16, 2019

High-resolution Earth imagery using nanosatellites

Designs and manufactures nanosatellites equipped with cameras that can capture high-resolution images in the visual and near-infrared (NIR) range Claims differentiation in the scalability of its nanosatellites, which are 1,000× smaller and have a hundreds of thousands of times lower launch cost but ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

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May 16, 2019

Event-driven vision sensors for automotive applications

Develops event-driven vision sensors for use within autonomous systems Differentiates by offering vision sensors that are activated at the pixel level, as opposed to firing up the entire array, which leads to a frame-level image capture, as in competing event-driven products Targets the automotive ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

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May 16, 2019

The company was founded by CEO Joe Luong and COO Maarten Weehuizen in 2014; to date, Crypta has received a total of $2.3 million, with lead investment from Henley Business Angels. Crypta offers both a hardware and a software solution for IoT security; the company uses light to create randomized ... read more.
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

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May 16, 2019

Renewable diesel distributor for road, marine, and rail industry

The company was started by Dirk Kronemeijer in 2015 to tackle the low-carbon fuel demand of the marine sector following being a founding executive of SkyNRG, which focuses on low-carbon fuels for the aviation sector. The company does not develop its own technology, instead focusing on supply chain ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 15, 2019

Pipeline inspection, pigging, robotics, and failure prevention tools

Offers a range of inspection tools (tethered and untethered) based on ultrasound and electromagnetic sensing for pipeline condition assessment Technology operates while pipeline is in operation and identifies its condition, including cracks or breaks, corrosion, leakages, wall thickness degradation... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

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

Digital Transformation More...

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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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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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.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

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.

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

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.