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Xiao Zhong

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March 19, 2019

Workflow mapping software for specialty chemical companies

The company was started by Sasha Novakovich, Dusko Vesin, Marko Gacesa, and Nikola Milinkovic in January 2017. To date, the company has raised approximately $4.4 million in seed funding, led by Uncork Capital. The company is a developer of of a workflow mapping software for raw material suppliers ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

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March 19, 2019

Recycled plastic filaments for 3D printing

The company was founded by Tyler McNaney in 2012 to commercialize plastic filament extruders and spoolers for 3D printing. The company has been bootstrapping with no disclosed investors so far. The technology works by shredding or grinding waste plastic parts into small pieces, followed by heating ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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March 19, 2019

Provides blockchain as a service for oil and gas industry

Offers a permissioned (private) blockchain platform for the oil and gas industry with built-in smart contract functionality Compared to other permissioned blockchains, such as Hyperledger or a permissioned version of the Ethereum network, the company claims its blockchain can store much larger files... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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March 19, 2019

Human-assisted machine learning algorithms for data labeling

The company was founded by Chris Van Pelt and Lukas Biewald in 2008; the company has been acquired by Appen but will operate independently until 2019; Figure Eight currently has more than 250 employees. So far, the company has raised about $58 million via six funding rounds, the latest of which was ... read more.
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Datacloud
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Miraj Mainali

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March 19, 2019

Analytics platform for surface mining

The company was started by Thor Kallestad (CEO), Daniel Palmer (COO), and Matt Larkin (VP, Sales); Thor and Daniel have previously worked at various oil and gas and mining firms, including Schlumberger, and have significant technical expertise but lack prior entrepreneurship experience; DataCloud ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

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March 19, 2019

Silicone 3D printing technology with service provider business model

Founded in 2018 as a spinoff from ETH Zurich Has developed 3D-printable silicone materials for vat photopolymerization-based 3D printers Core technology relies on photocurable additives to make standard silicones 3D-printable using commercial SLA or DLP 3D printers; claims to have partnership with ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

March 19, 2019

BASF is a key player in the materials and chemicals industry, with diverse business units. The company's Nutrition unit focuses on developing solutions for human nutrition, including novel ingredients for food and supplement applications. Developing novel ingredients with specific bioactive ... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

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March 19, 2019

Microbiome health company focusing on Type 2 diabetes management

Uses a DNA sequencing and metabolite bioinformatic approach to analyze the microbiome, from which it identifies interventions (e.g., synbiotics) that can favorably change the metabolic pathway of short-chain fatty acids Currently using 16S,18S, and metagenomic (shotgun) high-throughput and long-read... read more.
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

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March 18, 2019

While utility-scale anaerobic digesters have dominated the industry, small-scale digesters have gained traction in the past few years, tapping local waste streams and redistributing the power generated on-site. For CleanWorld, it constructed a 50 ton per day digester capable of generating 12,000 kWh... read more.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu

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March 18, 2019

Small-scale thermal power system via anaerobic digestion

The company was originally founded in 1993 as an engineering consulting firm, but in 2007, it re-branded to Wabio Technologies and began focusing on developing, commercializing, and distributing its Wabio technology. The company develops a 2 MW to 20 MW thermal power system using anaerobic digestion... read more.
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The decommissioning dilemma: the £39 billion market opportunity in the North Sea

Coverage Areas: Exploration and Production More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

With close to 2,500 wells scheduled to be plugged and abandoned in the North Sea by 2025, decommissioning offshore oil assets will become increasingly important in the coming years. This report aims to evaluate innovation opportunities as the industry looks for ways to minimize costs and environmental impacts.

Li-ion battery roadmap

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will look at timelines for adoption of various Li-ion electrode materials and present our view of how the Li-ion battery will evolve over the next decade.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Regional BBMC Trends

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will explore bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) trends globally and analyze how regulations are impacting technology development and adoption.

Finding the Next Disruptive Materials Innovations

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Advances in basic science are always occurring, and new breakthroughs could be around the corner. This report seeks to identify stage zero materials technologies that could be highly impactful and build a timeline for their possible development.

Top Materials Developments in 2018 and What to Look for in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

To guide clients for the year ahead, in this annual Lux report we review key tech activity from 2018 and identify key tech trends for 2019. We do this by combining analyst input with data from the Lux Intelligence Engine. Themes include a focus on using new digital technologies to enhance customer experience, the difficulty of turning materials inventions into products, and transforming consumer needs (including the desire for sustainability).

Harnessing the potential of digital technologies for the food industry

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Digital technologies are creating a major impact on every industry. In this report, we will assess the potential of emerging digital technologies for various applications within the food value chain. It will also highlight opportunities for the industry players to harness the digital toolbox and discuss key winning aspects of successful use cases in the food industry.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 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?

Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.