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Lewie Roberts

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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

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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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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

Workflow mapping software for specialty chemical companies

The company was started by Sasha Novakovich, Dusko Vesin, Marko Gacesa, and Nikola Milinkovic in January 2017. To date, the company has raised approximately $4.4 million in seed funding, led by Uncork Capital. The company is a developer of of a workflow mapping software for raw material suppliers ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

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March 19, 2019

Recycled plastic filaments for 3D printing

The company was founded by Tyler McNaney in 2012 to commercialize plastic filament extruders and spoolers for 3D printing. The company has been bootstrapping with no disclosed investors so far. The technology works by shredding or grinding waste plastic parts into small pieces, followed by heating ... read more.
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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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.