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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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Crude to chemicals: Bridging the gap between crude refining and petrochemicals

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The interest in crude-to-chemicals has rapidly grown in recent years with multiple integrated oil companies moving further into the downstream value chain. This report offers a landscape for the process, answering three questions: The various technologies C2C comprises of, the chemicals that can be produced, and the economics associated with the process.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

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: July 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.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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?

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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.