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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

December 6, 2019

Battery management system (BMS) for electric vehicles and energy storage

IgrenEnergi is developing a battery management system (BMS) for use in EVs and energy storage; it claims the BMS improves battery performance with a combination of electronics and software-based usage models. The company was founded in 2013 by Jitendra Apte and Sunit Tyagi, who have experience in ... read more.
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Lisheng Gao

Consumer IoT More...

December 6, 2019

Localized air quality monitoring hardware and software for buildings, industry, and cities

Davida Herzl founded Aclima in 2008 in San Francisco, U.S.; to date, the company has raised more than $24 million through VC investment. Aclima offers air quality (AQ) sensors to identify air pollutants (CO₂, methane, and PM), map the AQ data, and perform analysis to provide insights into AQ data. ... read more.
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

TAL

Oil processing technology for lubricants, including biolubricants

Develops an automated oil processing technology to increase the lubricity and heat transfer properties of the oil; claims to be able to use any source of oil, including vegetable oils, fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), petroleum-based oils, and synthetic oils Primarily focused on treating FAMEs to ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

Computer vision and machine learning platform for livestock monitoring

Computer vision and machine learning platform to identify cattle feeding patterns and behavior Targeting large-scale indoor dairies, primarily in North America Currently working with four dairies in the U.S. on the second version of its system; the company is no longer selling the first version and ... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

December 6, 2019

Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) software provider that allows cities to integrate all modes of urban transportation into a single application

The company was founded in in Lithuania in 2007 by Martynas Gudonavicius, Jurgis Pasukonis, Algimantas Krasauskas, and Mantas Vizbaras. To date, the company has raised about $15 million of VC funding, though since its last raise in 2017, it appears to be generating revenue through licensing deals ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

Bio-based drop-in and novel materials to replace petrochemical-based PET, including bio-PET, PEF, and PTF. Beverage companies like The Coca-Cola Company have driven the development of 100% bio-based bottles since 2009 after substantial press for the company's 30% bio-based bottle (from bio-based MEG... read more.

Technology

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

December 5, 2019

Kaia Health offers a digital therapeutic that treats musculoskeletal pain via a multimodal platform. The platform includes a program customized to the patient using videos of physical therapy exercises coupled with motion tracking via a smartphone or tablet to ensure exercises are completed ... read more.

Case Study

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 5, 2019

Commercial service robots

The company develops mobile robots for indoor delivery and guiding humans to a destination in service industries; the robots include a user interface that includes voice and a touch screen, a 10 kg payload capacity, and an eight- to 10-hour battery life. Compared to others in the field, the company ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 5, 2019

Silicon photonics-based continuous-wave lidar

The company was founded by CEO Mehdi Asghari in 2018; the founder and the leadership team come from Mellanox Technologies, with experience in the development of silicon photonics; SiLC has not revealed its funding details. The company is a developer of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) ... read more.
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Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

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?

The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.

Do digital healthcare models lead to more cost savings than traditional healthcare models?

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Digital technologies in healthcare are expected to increase in scope and to affect ever more parts of the healthcare system, as Lux has postulated previously. It is, however, vital to examine if new digital methods and innovations provide monetary value compared with traditional models of care. Technology for technology’s sake without evidence of being less costly in the long run, especially in a climate where healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, can be catastrophic to all stakeholders. Through different models and projections, this report will evaluate if digital transformation of healthcare will indeed be less costly in the long run compared to traditional healthcare models.