Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

January 20, 2020

Pathogen monitoring and risk assessment in agriculture remains reactionary rather than preparatory. Growers often apply inputs without an indication of the current pathogen risk, wasting time and operational capital. Pathogen testing services are available and largely carried out by agronomic ... read more.

Case Study

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

January 19, 2020

Germany is the second-largest healthcare market in the world after the U.S., representing a market of around half a trillion dollars annually. Now, Germany has become the first country to pass legislation that allows reimbursement for digital health solutions. Under the new law, called the Digital ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

January 19, 2020

Digital healthcare services platform

The company was started by Albert Malagarriga, Miguel Vicente, and Miguel Ángel Antón in 2017. To date, the company has raised about €4 million in funding over two rounds, the most recent being a Series A round in September 2019. The company is a developer of a mobile app that serves as an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

Rechargeable, thin-film, flexible batteries using zinc anodes and solid-state electrolytes

Imprint Energy develops printed, flexible, thin-film solid-state batteries with a zinc anode, manganese dioxide cathode, and undisclosed solid polymer electrolyte; customers may customize the battery to fit their needs The company is currently focused on refining its printing process technologies ... read more.
Company Profile

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

The theme of energy storage in 2019 was expansion. Various players made moves to dominate the Li-ion battery space by announcing plans to commercialize NMC 811, secure raw material sourcing contracts, or rapidly expand manufacturing capacity goals. Automotive companies pushed for innovation by ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2020

Quantum computing hardware and software

Origin Quantum claims to be a full-stack quantum computing company, developing quantum chips, quantum measurement and control systems, quantum software, quantum cloud services, and quantum artificial intelligence; it offers access to all of its products through cloud services. To date, the company ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

January 17, 2020

Bacteriophage platform technology for animal health industries

The company was started by Jarosław Dastych, Ph.D. (CEO), whose background is in immunology, toxicology, and molecular biology applied to medicine. So far, the company has raised about $12 million through grants and $4.12 million from a Series A funding round in 2017. Among its investors, we ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

January 16, 2020

Digital healthcare app and mobile OS developer for health insurers

The company was founded by Sebastian Gaudin, Jan Velich, and Neil Liang. So far, the company has raised about $13.1 million in five rounds of funding, the most recent being a Series A round in August 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize LUN Partners Group, which led the most recent Series A round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 16, 2020

As the largest consumer electronics event of the year, CES 2020 has caught attention worldwide from technology developers of AI, 5G, IoT, robotics, consumer electronics, healthcare, and transportation, as well as mass media and consumers. Lux attended this event and saw a variety of new products and... read more.

Analyst Insight

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 16, 2020

Vertically integrated vanadium redox flow battery company

Bushveld Energy is a subsidiary of Bushveld Minerals, implementing vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) to provide stationary storage options in sub-Saharan Africa. Bushveld supports all activities in producing VRFB, including mining, processing, electrolyte and battery manufacturing, and marketing ... read more.
Company Snapshot

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Solving Connectivity in Remote Industrial Locations

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Across industries, cloud computing has created an analytics revolution. But when a cloud connection isn’t easy to come by, for example on an oil rig in the ocean or at a remote wellhead, poor connectivity can stifle the impact of IoT and analytics. This report will discuss various solutions to the connectivity challenges presented by remote sites, including ways to transmit data and ways to reduce the need for transmitting data, and how to combine these solutions to enable complex analytics applications.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

Framing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Current Status, Opportunities, and Challenges

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

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, water, and energy are critical resources, and share intimate connections. This connection forms a nexus, with actions in one sector influencing the others. Historically, policy and strategy makers have often considered these systems independently, disregarding their inter-dependency. Growing concerns on the affordability and accessibility of resources, driven by climate change and population growth, are making it increasingly important to understand the impacts and influences each of these sectors has on its counterparts in the nexus. This report will discuss the current state of the water-energy-food nexus, looking into its benefits for corporations, and barriers to successfully navigating; it will highlight successful strategies by companies using the nexus for more efficient and sustainable resource management.

AR-enabling data processing and software components

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Immersive and realistic overlay of virtual content onto a real-world image requires not only sophisticated hardware elements but also data processing. This study will dive into the necessary software components that enable AR experiences, describing critical computation steps such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), eye tracking, and image recognition for face, object, and gesture detections. We’ll also highlight various applications and developers that use these software elements in specific use-cases

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.