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Yuan-Sheng Yu

The Future of Mobility

August 17, 2019

Bus-hailing platform on designated routes

The company was started by Usman Gul, a former strategy and enterprise partnership manager at on-demand food delivery company DoorDash. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.2 million publicly, with the recent seed round in August 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Fatima Gobi ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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August 16, 2019

Low-hazard synthetic and modified acids for oil and gas applications

Provides modified and synthetic acid compositions as low-hazard alternatives to conventional hydrochloric acid (HCl) for oil and gas applications; claims advantages in safety, performance, and costs During a four-well test pilot, Imperial Oil observed a 480% increase in production while reducing ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

August 16, 2019

Novel liquid-assisted gas lift for unconventional wells

The company was founded by Tim Bridges and Dr. Paulo Waltrich in Houston, Texas, in 2018 to develop novel artificial lift systems for unconventional resources; given its early stage, the company is likely privately funded to date but may have received minor grant funding from Shell GameChanger given... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

August 16, 2019

If you live in or near a large city, chances are you've seen a shared scooter or bike company set up operations. The segment, popularized by companies like Lime and Bird, saw valuations skyrocket and set records for the shortest amount of time from founding to unicorn status. The lure of zero-... read more.

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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

August 16, 2019

Humanoid robots with cloud processing

The company was started by CEO Bill Huang and Robert Zhang; both have led technology teams, drawing from experience at Apple, Microsoft, and AT&T. So far, the company has raised about $316 million in three funding rounds; the most recent Series B round raised about $186 million in February of 2019; ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Pasture monitoring system using satellite images and environmental data

The company was started by Richard Barton, whose background is in pharmaceutical machinery engineering. So far, the company has raised about $460,000 from seed funding in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize New Zealand-based venture capital firm K1W1. The company is a developer of a pasture ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Leg-mounted sensor technology to monitor lying times and lameness incidence in dairy cows

To date, the company has raised approximately $2.21 million. The company makes bovine-wearable accelerometers and a herd-monitoring platform to track animal fertility, lameness, and overall mobility; IceRobotics' platform is called CowAlert, and its two sensors are the IceTag and IceQube. The ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman and Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

August 16, 2019

This summary report is one of the outcomes of an interactive roundtable of agrifood industry peers, which focused on two major topics impacting the entire agrifood ecosystem: digitalization and personalization. On the digitalization front, this report assesses the potential of emerging digital ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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: Q1 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.