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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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Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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. 

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

The Market Size for Smart Home

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

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

The growth of connected smart home appliances have expanded from lighting controls to thermostats, door locks, and even coffee makers. With the large influx of new products, how is the smart home market segmented, and where do opportunities lie?

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.