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Xiao Zhong

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July 23, 2019

Materials informatics platform and consulting service provider

Launched its Materials Platform for Data Science (MPDS) two years ago; differentiates in its data cleanliness; all data is manually extracted from more than 280,000 publications and examined to ensure quality The company sells MPDS based on a freemium model; customers have free access to some ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Owning the Energy Transition

July 23, 2019

Thermal energy storage systems based on molten silicon

The company was founded in 2009 as Gnomon Technologies, in 2014 it changed its name to Latent Heat Solutions, and at the end of 2016 it changed names again to 1414 Degrees; since 2016, the company has raised around $30 million from the Australian Government as well as from its IPO in 2018. The ... read more.
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Ntopology
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Xiao Zhong

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July 23, 2019

GD software uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to create optimized design options. When it comes to engineering design, the output is usually a part design with better features, such as light weight, higher strength, and enhanced functionality. When combined with 3D printing and cloud ... read more.

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Josh Kern

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July 23, 2019

Dexterous humanlike robotic hand

Develops an anthropomorphic robotic hand with 20 degrees of freedom capable of handling tasks requiring high dexterity or advanced precision; the robotic hand can interface with any off-the-shelf robotic arm and has API integrations including the Robot Operating System (ROS) Recently developed a ... read more.
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Proteinqure
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Health and Wellness More...

July 23, 2019

Computational protein drug design employing machine learning and quantum computing

ProteinQure develops software for the design of protein therapeutics and drug targets using machine learning and quantum computing to perform simulations of protein folding and binding. The company achieves differentiaion in its use of quantum computing to provide a different kind of value than ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 23, 2019

Upcycled spent coffee grounds for cosmetic and food applications

Develops supercritical carbon dioxide-based extraction methods for retrieving coffee oil and fractionation methods to extract other ingredients from spent coffee grounds Extracts three different products: Kaffibre, a cosmetic raw material derived from pretreated and defatted coffee grounds, Kaffe ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 23, 2019

Edible filamentous fungi-based alternative protein

The company was started by Thomas Jonas (CEO) and Mark Kozubal (CSO); Thomas has a background in business, and Mark has a background in geomicrobiology, with previous research experience in the microbial ecology of iron and sulfur-oxidizing microorganisms. To date, the company has raised about $33 ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Digital Transformation More...

July 23, 2019

Last month, Lux chaired the Smart Buildings and Energy track at the IoT Tech Expo Europe 2019 that took place in Amsterdam on the 19th and 20th of June. This track brought together IoT technology innovations applied to electric mobility, connected buildings, smart grids, distributed energy resource ... read more.

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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 23, 2019

Large-format continuous fiber composite 3D printing hardware

Has developed a large-format continuous fiber composite 3D printing system; the 3D printer has a closed heat chamber and a build volume of 4 m × 2 m × 1.5 m; its single-nozzle print head can co-extrude TP pellets and continuous fiber filaments at a deposition rate of 15 kg/hr Since our 2018 briefing... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 23, 2019

Photopolymerization-based 3D printers with open materials platform

The company was started by Chris Prucha (former software engineer at Apple and co-founder of Notion) and Joel Ong (former software engineer at Google X). To date, the company has raised approximately $12.3 million in two rounds from investors including DSM Ventures and Floodgate. The company is a ... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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 webinar 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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.