Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

July 23, 2019

Computer vision-based business intelligence platform

The company was started by Demirhan Büyüközcü (CEO) and Kaan Kayabalı; the founders have technical expertise in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and software development but have limited entrepreneurship experience. To date, the company has raised about $3.5 million in total through three ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

July 23, 2019

Industrial IoT platform and custom AI applications

The company was founded by Osamu (Takeshi) Hashimoto; prior to founding Skydisc, Osamu was an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher at Kyushu University; in addition, he has worked at various divisions of the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in leadership roles; however, he lacks prior entrepreneurship ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

July 23, 2019

Natural language processing and machine learning for enterprise search and analytics

Offers a natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning platform for enterprise search and text analytics applications Compared to competitors, the company claims its offering is more productized, has more integrations with other applications and data sources, and manages the complete life ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

July 23, 2019

Over the past decade, natural language processing (NLP), which consists of tools and techniques like machine learning to process, analyze, and generate text, has seen a rapid growth in innovation interest, and it is quickly becoming commercialized across a wide range of applications and industries. ... read more.

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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 23, 2019

Materials informatics platform and consulting service provider

Launched its Materials Platform for Data Science (MPDS) two years ago; differentiates in its data cleanliness; all data is manually extracted from more than 280,000 publications and examined to ensure quality The company sells MPDS based on a freemium model; customers have free access to some ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Owning the Energy Transition

July 23, 2019

Thermal energy storage systems based on molten silicon

The company was founded in 2009 as Gnomon Technologies, in 2014 it changed its name to Latent Heat Solutions, and at the end of 2016 it changed names again to 1414 Degrees; since 2016, the company has raised around $30 million from the Australian Government as well as from its IPO in 2018. The ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 23, 2019

GD software uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to create optimized design options. When it comes to engineering design, the output is usually a part design with better features, such as light weight, higher strength, and enhanced functionality. When combined with 3D printing and cloud ... read more.

Case Study

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

July 23, 2019

Dexterous humanlike robotic hand

Develops an anthropomorphic robotic hand with 20 degrees of freedom capable of handling tasks requiring high dexterity or advanced precision; the robotic hand can interface with any off-the-shelf robotic arm and has API integrations including the Robot Operating System (ROS) Recently developed a ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Health and Wellness More...

July 23, 2019

Computational protein drug design employing machine learning and quantum computing

ProteinQure develops software for the design of protein therapeutics and drug targets using machine learning and quantum computing to perform simulations of protein folding and binding. The company achieves differentiaion in its use of quantum computing to provide a different kind of value than ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 23, 2019

Upcycled spent coffee grounds for cosmetic and food applications

Develops supercritical carbon dioxide-based extraction methods for retrieving coffee oil and fractionation methods to extract other ingredients from spent coffee grounds Extracts three different products: Kaffibre, a cosmetic raw material derived from pretreated and defatted coffee grounds, Kaffe ... read more.
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The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Robotics have automated simple industrial processes for decades, but recent advancements in machine vision, grippers, mobile robots, and collaborative robots have made all kinds of complex processes eligible for automation using robotics. This report will look at what kinds of processes are automatable across manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other environments by looking at a series of case studies. We'll also look at what resources are needed to build these solutions, including off-the-shelf platforms and custom solutions.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

With the emergence of smallsats and significant improvements in computer vision, satellite imaging has begun to serve powerful use cases that hint at its enormous future potential. In this report, we’ll discuss the factors that have led to the advances in satellite imaging we’re seeing today, the many use cases where the technology has found success, and what new capabilities and use cases to expect in the future.

The food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Being a successful food company in 2020 requires focus on things like sugar reduction and alternative proteins, but what about remaining a successful food company and growing through 2050? The majority of growth in the food and beverage industries in recent years has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products. This report will uncover the themes and technologies that will be most important to successful food companies in 2050.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.

The Business of Personalized Nutrition

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

This report will examine personalized nutrition business model considerations and strategies.

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 to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

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.