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Benjamin Torda

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September 19, 2019

Buoyant membrane-based floating photovoltaic system

Develops a novel floating photovoltaic (FPV) system using a buoyant polymer fabric membrane to support horizontally oriented solar modules; offers 100 kW, 200 kW, and 500 kW models; claims some manufacturers provide a 20-year warranty Additional claims include lower material and transportation costs... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

September 19, 2019

Data integration and application development platform with manufacturing execution system (MES)

Develops a vendor-agnostic manufacturing execution system (MES) that collects data from factory floors and allows users to develop custom applications; connects with various sensors through its own communication protocols or through PLC and SCADA systems; displays data and KPIs on a dashboard and ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

September 19, 2019

AI-powered software platform for grid balancing and electricity market monitoring

The company was founded by Gavin Bell, Karan Kathuria, Magnus Hausken, and Erlend Torgnes in 2013; in Q1 2018, the company announced it was raising its first investment round, aiming to gather €2 million (there is no evidence that it closed this round); the company received project development ... read more.
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Synthetic biology accelerator co-owned and founded by mature biotech firms

The company was founded by Boston-based Pillar VC and leaders of various synthetic biology companies, including Twist Bioscience, Ginkgo Bioworks, Asimov, and Beyond Meat, in September 2019. The accelerator has $15 million over three years from Pillar VC to provide founders at least $250,000 in ... read more.
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Shriram Ramanathan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 19, 2019

Dresspack systems and drag chains are frequently used in production plants and large industrial robotic systems to guide data and power cables between the control system, sensors, and actuators. These cables are constantly exposed to high stress due to frequent recurring movements of the associated ... read more.

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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Drone technology, AI, and an integrated data platform for scouting fruit orchards

Horticulture management system uses aerial imagery for individual blossom count and yield forecasting of fruit orchards The company uses off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect high-resolution images of small to medium-sized farms (up to 120 acres) Outfield Technologies has received... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 19, 2019

Produces dairy proteins using synthetic biology techniques

The company was started by Raffael Wohlgensinger (CEO) and Britta Winterberg (CSO), with backgrounds in business and biology, respectively. Among its investors, we highlight Atlantic Food Labs, which as of June 2019 owns a 60% stake in the company (terms of the majority investment are not publicly ... read more.
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Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

September 18, 2019

Health wearables for cardiovascular care

Founded by Atandra Burman in 2018 and currently raising a $1 million seed round Develops two products, a wireless EKG product for stress testing and remote monitoring and a noninvasive optical sensor to identify heart attack-signaling biomarkers The clothing-mounted EKG product is expected to launch... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

September 18, 2019

SaaS platform for knowledge sharing and training targeting industrial workers

Offers a SaaS platform providing in-context guidance using a voice assistant and a multimedia streaming user interface that leverages voice recognition, natural language processing search capability, and computer vision for industrial workers while recording collaboration sessions Differentiated by ... read more.
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Bioinformatics in Agrifood and Health

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The availability and production of biological data continues to grow as next generation analyses become more cost effective. While bioinformatic solutions are not new to the biotech industry, they are often shrouded in the jargon of genomics and computer science while fundamentally changing the roles this data across the Agrifood and Health Ecosystem. This report clearly defines bioinformatics, explores the current landscape of available tools, differentiates developers, and lays of the future opportuntiies for these solutions.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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?

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: September 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.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: October 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 key industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that exist for sector.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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: October 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.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have traditionally been reliant on biomarkers that require specialized conditions and trained personnel to handle. First-generation POCDs also offer limited utility in the information they provide, and more follow-up tests are often needed to get more in-depth, actionable information. A new generation of POCDs is emerging that not only enhances what existing POCDs can do, but also offers new diagnostic modalities that are minimally invasive or non-invasive. In addition, POCD 2.0 increasingly allow the layperson to run tests at the convenience of his/her homes and get a rapid assessment, allowing follow-up steps to be taken to address any deviations. This report will assess the maturity of POCD 2.0 and how these diagnostics are playing a role not just in the clinic and in at-home-use for patients, but also among healthy consumers, offering predictive analytics that ensure consumers stay on a healthy path.