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Holly Havel

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March 20, 2019

Metal-to-metal sealing technology for oil and gas pipelines

The company was started by CEO Elaine Galston in 2016 to develop metal-to-metal (M2M) sealing technology, which was invented and spun out by Meta Downhole and Shell as part of a joint industry project; the company's funding history is unknown. The company is a developer of a non-welded, non-threaded... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Food delivery robots for college campuses

The company develops a semiautonomous robot that delivers food to students and operates mostly on sidewalks of college campuses The robot features six cameras and uses computer vision to avoid obstacles as well as deep learning for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) Remote operators take ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Autonomous industrial vehicles

Members of the USU Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems founded Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) as a spinout in 2000; the company has raised $85 million in non-equity funding from undisclosed partners, though companies can buy shares in ASI's companies (ASI separates its verticals ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Mechanical and solid-state lidar for autonomous vehicles

CEO Yifan Li and CTO Shaoqing Xiang founded Hesai in 2013; Hesai raised $16 million in a Series A led by Pagoda investment and joined Baidu's Apollo project in 2017; it raised another $40 million in a 2017 Series B led by Baidu Apollo and Lightspeed China Partners, for a total of $58 million in ... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Powered exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation applications

The company was founded in 2016 and has received two rounds of funding to date; funding amounts are undisclosed, but investors include Lenovo Capital, Taiyou Fund, and Share Capital. The company is a developer of exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation purposes; its products include powered lower-... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 20, 2019

Lux had the opportunity to give the opening speech at this year's Bioplastics Market Summit in Bangkok, which also featured leading bioplastics players like Genomatica, Total Corbion, Synvina, and Novamont; major brands like Marks & Spencer and Ikea; and major chemical players like PTT and DSM. The ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

March 19, 2019

Machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition

The company was started by Ted Cho (CEO), Doug Ahn (COO), Seongjin Cho (CTO), and Jungyeol Lee (Staff Engineer) in November 2015 to develop machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition; the founding team members have ... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

Digital sales platform for the chemicals industry

Wholly owned but independent subsidiary of Lanxess, operating a digital marketplace for the chemicals industry The main features of its marketplace include searching, data availability on technical specs and pricing, support for direct transactions on its platform, and order tracking Platform is ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong and Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

The past few years have witnessed tremendous momentum for 3D printing. However, novel 3D printable materials development has been much less emphasized compared to innovations in other parts of the 3D printing value chain, such as hardware and software technologies. Although top 3D printing companies... read more.

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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

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.

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.