Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

October 16, 2019

Develops silicon-based quantum dots for display, lighting, and other applications

The company was founded by Jonathan Veinot and David Antoniuk who serve as the company's president and COO, respectively. The company develops metal-free, biocompatible silicon quantum dots, silicon-based nanomaterials, and semiconductor photolithography resists for a broad range of applications in ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

October 16, 2019

Developer of nanoplatelet-shaped quantum materials

The company was started by Benoit Dubertret and Maurice Guillou, who have extensive research and executive business experience, respectively. To date, the company has raised approximately $4.78 million. Among its investors, we highlight ESPCI Paris, Demeter, CapDecisif Management, François-Xavier ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

In the race to reduce food waste, Hazel Technologies has gained notable attention as of late, most recently raising a $13 million Series B round co-led by prominent investors Pangaea Ventures and S2G Ventures in August. The startup employs 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) within a sachet insert to ... read more.

Case Study

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Plant-based substitutes

The company was founded by Patrick Brown (CEO), a Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus at Stanford University. To date, the company has raised approximately $688 million, most recently a $300 million Series E round in May 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Temasek Holdings and Horizons Ventures... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Meat substitute products made from texturized pea protein

The company was founded by Ethan Brown (CEO) around extrusion technology originally developed by Professor Fu-hung Hsieh at the University of Missouri; Ethan previously worked in the energy industry. To date, the company has raised approximately $361 million, most recently $241 million through an ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 15, 2019

Ethylene inhibitors for shelf-life extension of fresh produce

The company was founded by Aiden Mouat (CEO), Adam Preslar (CTO), and Patrick Flynn (CMO), all from Northwestern University with backgrounds in either chemistry or engineering. To date, the company has raised about $17.8 million, most recently raising a $13 million Series B round in August 2019. ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Materials informatics (MI) is an emerging technology with rapidly growing innovation interest – and it's one of the technologies our clients have asked us about the most this year. Because of the interest in this topic, we wanted to highlight some of the most commonly asked questions and provide our... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

October 15, 2019

UPS is one of the largest logistics and parcel delivery providers, with a fleet of roughly 125,000 road vehicles and nearly 300 airplanes globally. The U.S. company does most of its business in its domestic market, where more than 80% of its packages are delivered – a country that saw emissions from... read more.

Case Study

Miraj Mainali

Consumer IoT More...

October 15, 2019

3D body scanning to help shoppers find the right size of clothing

The company was started by Elizabeth Stefanka (CEO) in 2014; prior to the company, Elizabeth worked in several project and business development managerial roles in addition to her early career in makeup art and fashion design; however, she lacks a technical background in computer vision and ... read more.
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Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Smart home in China

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

The smart home segment in China is at the tipping point, driven by residents' unmet needs for convenience and security, the adoption of new home projects as a property differentiator, and the participation of AI developers who see smart home as a major user interface. This report will analyze the dynamic value chain of China smart home, compare key innovators and cutting-edge innovations, and identify market trends and opportunities for Lux clients realize business success in the growing segment.

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

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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 report 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.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Conquering Customer Choice: The Opportunities in ASEAN Electricity Retail Liberalization

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

ASEAN regions are at various stages of electricity retail liberalization, and each country is identifying different unique opportunities to fold tech innovation into the process. This report looks at several characteristic examples in order to highlight future tech opportunities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.