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Tim Grejtak

Owning the Energy Transition

February 22, 2019

One of the most crucial developments in the stationary energy storage market over the past two years was not new technology, but new policy, specifically the policies that enabled a single energy storage asset to secure multiple revenue streams by providing different grid services – a practice ... read more.

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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 22, 2019

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Functional coatings for mold release and electronics protection

Hilton Pryce Lewis and Karen Gleason from the Gleason Lab at MIT spun out GVD in 2001 to commercialize initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) technology, similar to the startup DropWise, also from the Gleason Lab. The company is a developer of iCVD, a platform technology that uses a free-radical... read more.
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Mia Lu

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February 21, 2019

End-to-end platform for water quality and supply management

End-to-end solution supplier for proactive management of water use, quality, and distribution Provides a modular, automated device integrating a range of U.S. EPA-approved methods for direct measurement of up to 21 water quality parameters, such as pH, temperature, turbidity, chlorine, and heavy ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

February 21, 2019

Hyperspectral imaging for automated food inspection and sorting

Developed a custom hyperspectral imaging system that can automatically inspect and sort food products; operates in line with product moving as fast as 120 ft per minute and can detect surface-level foreign objects as small as 2 mm × 2 mm within fractions of a second (can also yield insight in terms ... read more.
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Mia Lu

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February 21, 2019

Fouling-resistant nanofiltration membrane for challenging industrial wastewater reuse

The company was started by two recent graduates from Tufts University, Alex Rappaport (CEO) and Aditi Deorukhakar (VP, Business Development), Chris Drover (CTO), former R&D manager at Oasys Water, and Chris Roy (VP, Product), former field engineer at CeraMem (now part of CTI-Orelis). To date, the ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

February 21, 2019

Industrial burners for below 5 ppm NOx levels

ClearSign Combustion was founded in 2008 and went public in 2012; via its IPO, the company raised close to $14 million to commercialize its Duplex burners. The Duplex burners are retrofittable, low NOx emission burners that are cost-effective alternatives to incumbent ultra-low-NOx burners and ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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February 21, 2019

Manufacturing analytics platform

The company was founded by CEO Bill Bither, COO Eric Fogg, and Jacob Lauzier in 2014. To date, the company has raised about $13 million, with the most recent $11 million coming in December 2018. Among its investors, we highlight MassVentures, Hyperplane Venture Capital, Tola Capital, and Hub Angels ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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February 21, 2019

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The company was founded by Luis Murcho (CEO) and Gonçalo Pinheiro Santos (CTO); founders have no prior entrepreneurship experience; the company currently has fewer than 10 employees. Glartek has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from an accelerator called Startup Lisboa in 2017 and EDP ... read more.
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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)

Electronic Materials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Materials innovation is driving the next wave of electronic devices, from flexible displays to ubiquitous sensors. We will survey the electronic materials innovation landscape to understand what materials will enable these devices, and when the materials will be ready for market.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

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

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

Pinching the Funnel: How China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation Makes it a Global Force

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.