Michael Holman and Cosmin Laslau

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

What technologies will you be following this year that have the greatest potential to transform the world over the next decade? Each year, we ask our analysts this question. We also investigate the same question using the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform. This report on the 20 transformational ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

October 18, 2019

Off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices

The company was started by Daniela Perdomo and Jorge Perdomo in 2012 to develop scalable mobile mesh network solutions for applications where satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals are impractical; since its founding, the company has raised more than $40 million in VC funding, and some of the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

October 18, 2019

Multimodal human-computer interaction for applications in smart home, marketing, healthcare, and vehicles

Develops a cloud-based human-machine interaction engine that uses deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), voice recognition, and knowledge graphs to understand users' input and provide answers and feedback Develops a deep learning processor that realizes edge computing on ... read more.
Company Profile

Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 18, 2019

Autonomous last-mile delivery

Develops Level 4 automated last-mile delivery vans, equipping vehicles with its own autonomous technology developed with Baidu from the Apollo software platform Baidu provides a base layer of software on top of which Udelv adds two features that the company claims differentiate it; the first unique ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Automated irrigation control systems

Founded in 2017 by two agronomists, Sara Gonçalves and Francisco Manso Develops automated irrigation control systems that schedule irrigation based upon predictive optimization of user-specified parameters Develops relationships with retailers and manufacturers of irrigation controllers to either ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Water-insoluble micronutrients and phosphate slow-release fertilizer

The product was developed by Chandrika Varadachari (CTO). The company has not released funding information. The company is a developer of inorganic fertilizer nutrients insoluble in water and instead requiring dilute organic acids or chelates for solubility; the company claims nutrient release by ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Singapore is consistently in the conversation when discussing the world's most innovative countries. In 2019, Singapore ranked eighth in the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) annual Global Innovation Index and placed sixth in the annual Bloomberg Innovation Index. According to the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

October 17, 2019

Digital wastewater services

Waterwerx was founded in 2013 in Victoria, Australia, and is led by General Manager Alastair Lockey; the company has not publicly disclosed funding information. The company makes STREAMWISE, a real-time systems optimization software for wastewater treatment; it particularly targets dissolved air ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

October 17, 2019

Packaged, decentralized wastewater systems for commercial and industrial reuse

The company was founded by Amrit Om Nayak, Krunal Patel, and Aditya Vemuganti, graduates from the University of Washington, Seattle; Abhijit VVR, a graduate of BITS Pilani; and Sri Teja Allaparthi, an IIT Hyderabad graduate; CEO Amrit has experience in the clean energy and automobile sectors, having... read more.
Company Snapshot

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 17, 2019

AI-driven platform for supporting decision-making in operating and managing water networks

The company was started by Jorge Helmbrecht, its managing director and a civil engineer with a focus on water resource management, out of a collaboration between Inclam Group, a water engineering and consulting firm, and Eurecat, a Catalonian technology center. The company is a developer of an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: December 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: December 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

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.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation in 2020

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.