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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Consumers are opting for environmentally conscious products with better end-of-life disposal, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With increasing awareness of the negative environmental effects of incumbent materials, there is a preference for sustainable options and eco-friendly products, leading to ... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Develops adjuvant technology that carries, protects, and releases active ingredients while targeting plant and insect surfaces

The company was founded by Ameer Shakeel and Payam Pourtaheri through the University of Virginia's i.Lab incubator. To date, the company has raised about $5 million, including a $4 million Series A round in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize Ospraie Ag Science and Cavallo Ventures. The company ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Bioinformatics, the application of computational tools to transform, standardize, analyze, store, and organize biological data, will play a game-changing role in the identification and development of future opportunities across the agrifood and health ecosystem. The prominent use cases for ... read more.

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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 16, 2019

Autonomous mobile robots for material transport

The company was acquired by Teradyne in 2018 for $148 million; Teradyne also acquired cobot maker Universal Robots in 2015. The company is a developer of a line of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can be used for material transport; the company also develops a web-based fleet management software... read more.
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Nanopack
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Nanoclay-based recyclable barrier coatings

Develops nanoclay-containing polymeric moisture barrier coatings called "NanoSeal" for flexible plastic packaging (FPP) films, including PE, BOPE, and MDO NanoPack's primary value proposition is that NanoSeal-coated FPP films are recyclable while maintaining low cost and high moisture and oxygen ... read more.
Company Profile
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Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Thermoplastic composite molding equipment and part production

Developed a process for lower-cost partial production automation for thermoplastic composite parts Provides composite part design and prototyping services as well as production runs up to hundreds of thousands of units per year Currently produces parts for sports and recreation as well as medical ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

September 16, 2019

Pulsed electric well stimulation for unconventional and conventional oil and gas applications

Develops a pulsed electrical well stimulation system that leverages subsurface electrical stimulation to increase permeability and create microfracture networks by inducing thermal stress, reducing oil viscosity, and/or inducing vibration Claims its system is up to 66% cheaper than hydraulic ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

September 16, 2019

Unmanned autonomous vehicles for offshore oil and gas applications

The company was started by Chairman Charles Tavner in June 2015 to develop drone-based solutions for infrastructure monitoring and inspection applications; the company's funding history is undisclosed. The company develops remotely piloted drone solutions to monitor and inspect offshore ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Chickpea protein concentrates and chickpea flour

The company was started by former Altria executive Richard Kelly (a current adviser) and Michael Spinelli (chief innovation officer), who previously worked with Ben & Jerry's and Sabra. To date, the company has raised approximately $13.4 million; the company last raised $2.9 million in August 2019 ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Therapeutics and supplements for cognitive health

The company was founded by neuroscientist Shawn Watson (CEO), inspired by his personal experience witnessing dementia within his family. So far, the company has raised about $2 million through a seed round from undisclosed investors in June 2017; at the time of the seed round, it anticipated opening... read more.
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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 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?

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

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.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

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.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 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.