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Thomas Hayes

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March 25, 2019

Who & What: We recently spoke with Dr. Richard Goodwin, Manager of Computational Creativity Research​ at IBM, to get a behind-the-scenes perspective on IBM's recently announced partnership with McCormick.  In this partnership, McCormick conceptualized a line of seasonings using IBM's AI platform, ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

March 25, 2019

Industrial heat pump for recovering residual heat for process industries

Developed an industrial heat pump that recovers up to 50% of residual heat in the form of steam from waste heat streams in the 75 °C to 150 °C temperature range Key differentiator of the heat pump is the heat carrier, which is made up of liquid phosphates, water, and salts; during the heat transfer ... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 25, 2019

Quantum dots for optoelectronics

Quantum Solutions is a startup that was formed in 2017 as a spinoff from academic work at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia The company focuses on the development and production of lead-based optoelectronic materials, with an emphasis on perovskite quantum ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 25, 2019

Biopolymer mulch film

The company was founded by Hugo Meunier and Roger Tambay; both founders have backgrounds in business, and Hugo has direct experience in manufacturing plastics. So far, the company has raised about $75,000 from a seed round in 2015. Among its investors, we highlight Cycle Capital and Ecofuel. The ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

March 25, 2019

OTI Lumionics offers cathode materials for auxiliary electrodes in OLED displays. For its materials development strategy, OTI initially developed quantum chemistry tools for chemical simulation. However, it soon began to look for ways to make those tools more scalable, work on larger molecules, and ... read more.

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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

March 25, 2019

Utility data management and demand response for commercial and industrial buildings

THG offers hardware and software tools aiming to provide energy management, utility bill management, and automated demand response services for commercial and industrial buildings Its Energy Intelligence Software (EIS) gathers customers' utility data around electricity, natural gas, recycling, waste... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

Consumer IoT More...

March 22, 2019

Wearable electrical injury-preventing safety monitoring device

Developed a platform that monitors workers around energized equipment to prevent electrical injury; consists of a wearable wristband device, smartphone application, and cloud-based web dashboard Applicable voltage of energized equipment ranges from 120 V to 500,000 V Targets all workers in ... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

Consumer IoT More...

March 22, 2019

Since Apple's announcement of the Series 4 watch with electrocardiograms (ECGs), many smartwatch developers have flocked toward making ECGs available for their own products as well. A short list of smartwatch developers with FDA-approved ECGs includes Withings, AliveCor, and Verily. The introduction... read more.

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Hirosei Kuruma and Yuan-Sheng Yu

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March 22, 2019

Many of the leading companies in autonomous vehicle development are headquartered in the U.S., and several of the major breakthroughs, with regard to technology milestones and regulations, have come from the country. However, 2018 was a transformative year with China, Japan, and Singapore, with each... read more.

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Danielle Bradnan

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March 22, 2019

Connected medication dispenser with voice and facial recognition

Develops a connected medication dispenser to ensure medication adherence Is comparable in price to but undifferentiated from competitors The product is sold either B2C through Stanley Black & Decker, for approximately $499 and a subscription fee of $39.99, or B2B through physicians and payers for ... read more.
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The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Digitizing the fight against diabetes: From therapy to prevention

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

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

In this report we approach the digital management of diabetes by looking at the complete health spectrum from healthy to severely diseased individuals and highlight unmet needs and opportunities that digital health developers should take advantage of. We also highlight how these strategies should consider underlying differences, from molecular to cultural, when addressing different markets and regions.

How to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Materials informatics applies data science and AI methods to better understand the use, selection, development, and discovery of materials. As an emerging technology with strong momentum during the past year, it is used across the value chain, from upstream materials and chemicals developers to downstream product manufacturers. In this report, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the key players and their activities in this space. Specifically, we will review different application areas, data challenges, and recent developments from both startups and large corporations. We also provide our vision on the near future of how materials informatics will expand from materials to parts and products, from working with a few R&D units to establishing a whole platform for each part of the value chain. Finally, we discuss why clients across the value chain should overcome the data-sharing fear to work on materials informatics. We also propose three strategies to engage with materials informatics and advise on how to form a strategy that works the best.

Genomics in agriculture

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Big data in agriculture was initially synonymous with "precision agriculture," however the rise of genomics and other informatics tools are fundamentally changing the roles DNA and data play in agriculture. (This report will be the first of a "Genomics in X" series, building on the "Power of DNA" report/webinar)

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Corporate Tech Innovation is a Solved Problem: What You Need to Know to Be a Leader

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will discuss the most important corporate innovation tools, highlighting some neglected tools, and the keys to successful implementation.

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.