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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 24, 2019

Developer of cell-based crustacean meat

The company was founded by Sandhya Sriram (CEO) and Ka Yi Ling (CTO), both previously researchers in the field of stem cells at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). So far, the company has raised about $4.8 million, with $4.6 million coming through a seed round in April ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 24, 2019

Developer of dairy, egg, and meat proteins made via biotechnology and fermentation

The company is a spinout of Ginkgo Bioworks led by CEO Jonathan McIntyre (former head of R&D at Indigo Agriculture and former SVP of R&D at PepsiCo) and CCO Michele Fite (former executive at Kerry, Nestlé, and DuPont). To date, the company has raised approximately $90 million through a Series A ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

June 21, 2019

Cattle feed additive to reduce methane emissions

Mootral, founded in 2017, is a subsidiary of biotech company Zaluvida. To date, the company has raised approximately $200,000 from the Swiss Climate Foundation. The company develops a animal feed supplement derived from garlic and citrus extracts. Compared to others in the field, the company claims ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 21, 2019

Bio-based and biodegradable resins

Thomas Brorsen Pedersen founded Pond in 2015. The company develops starch-based bioresin systems that it claims are biodegradable in nature (certification or conditions unknown); its resins are compatible with natural fibers like flax, hemp, pineapple, palm leaves, cotton, banana, and jute and ... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Future Grid More...

June 21, 2019

Modular DC microgrid technology

Afnan Hannan and Damian Veling founded Okra Solar in 2016; to date, the company has raised more than $480,000 in funding from a crowdfunding campaign, a grant from the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, and a seed round from Schneider Electric closed in January 2019 The company has developed ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

June 21, 2019

Lux Research was recently in attendance at the 3rd Annual GO Digital Oil & Gas Conference 2019 held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference focused on two distinct themes; the development of an organization-wide digital strategy, and the potential value generation/ROI from emerging digital ... read more.

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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Traditional silicon carbide recycler developing a glycolysis-based PET chemical recycling process

The company was founded by Avram Hason in 1997 under the name Garbo Servizi and began recovering silicon carbide and polyethylene glycol from semiconductor and photovoltaic panel production; the company was renamed Garbo in 2006 and began pursuing other silicon recycling streams before beginning the... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Kaneka's involvement with polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) extends back to the early 2000s. In 2002, the company applied for a patent on the preparation of biodegradable fibers from PHB, PHBH, and PHBV. Then, in 2004, Kaneka and P&G Chemicals formed a joint development partnership leading to the ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Flexible packaging has gained significant market traction in recent years due to advantages like minimal materials usage, ease of printability, low energy use in production, and low cost of transport. In addition, the high barrier potential of multilayer flexible packaging may help to extend the ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Produces 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) from biomass via hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology

Produces 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) from sugars using hydrothermal (HTP) processing technology Focused on developing a downstream market for 5-HMF, using 5-HMF to produce formaldehyde-free resins, novel biopolymers with new and/or enhanced performance features relative to incumbent petroleum-... read more.
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How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

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.

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.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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. 

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will examine the theoretical advantages of industrial fermentation (scale independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing; flexible production) and reasons for 2018 setbacks. It will examine the continued shift towards high margin products.