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Joshua Haslun

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July 12, 2019

Developing a gene discovery platform utilizing machine learning

Benson Hill Biosystems is developing a gene discovery platform, branded CropOS, utilizing machine learning and plant genomics to bring about higher yield, enhanced nutrition, or resource use efficiency in crops CropOS powers three distinct tools: Reveal (trait identification), Breed (computational ... read more.
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Wivity
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Device security registry and communication module for IoT devices

Develops an open-source device security registry and Trusted Communication Module (TCM); the security registry runs on a permissioned blockchain architecture and allows device manufacturers, trusted platform module (TPM) suppliers, certificate authorities (CAs), and end users to securely share the ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Application-enabled IIoT platform

Since we last spoke with the company in 2015, it has taken a soft pivot from developing generic IIoT platforms to application-enabled IIoT platforms for specific industrial use cases; the company now designs and deploys IoT solutions that include hardware, software, and networking frameworks for ... read more.
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Pervatech
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

July 11, 2019

Pervaporation membranes for chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical separations

The company was founded by Frans Velterop in 1999; it has been privately owned ever since. The company develops hydrophilic and organophilic ceramic and polymer membranes and separation systems for pervaporation and vapor permeation; its ceramic membranes are silica-based, including a unique hybrid ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

July 11, 2019

Cellulose-based adsorbent for micropollutant removal from industrial wastewater

Offers a cellulose-based granular adsorption media to remove trace levels of micropollutants, including high-performance chemicals like perfluorinated compounds or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS and PFOA), pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and some metals Targets tertiary removal or trace-level removal... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

July 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence-powered platform for detection and classification of bacteria and other water contaminants

The company was founded by Peter Ma, a software engineer and freelance rapid prototype specialist. The company makes an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven optical test system to detect and distinguish bacteria and other contaminants in water, based on results from an open-source project that the ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

July 11, 2019

Lux was recently in attendance at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019 held in Houston, Texas. The event covered a host of topics relating to the ever-changing landscape of exploration and production, with a strong focus on LNG and offshore renewables, as digital transformation remains a ... read more.

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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

July 11, 2019

IIoT pressure-monitoring device for upstream oil and gas applications

The company was founded by President and CEO Toku Ito, who previously co-founded Zedi and served as CTO there for more than 25 years; the Calgary-based company develops pressure monitoring solutions for the oil and gas industry and has been internally funded to date. The company is a developer of an... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Augmented reality company that develops products and platforms

The company was started by Drew Perkins, Michael Wienmer, and Michale Deering, all of whom held senior roles in technology startups in the past. So far, the company has raised about $125.9 million, with the latest $97 million coming from a Series B round. Among its investors, we highlight Gradient ... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

July 11, 2019

APB

Solid-state batteries with polymer current collectors

APB is a developer of solid-state batteries that are differentiated from other designs in two ways: It uses a polymer-based current collector instead of metals, and it utilizes a bipolar cell design. The company was founded by Hideaki Horie, a well-respected researcher at Keio University and Nissan ... read more.
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Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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.

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Overview: As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

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.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This webinar will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.