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Harshit Sharma

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September 17, 2019

Last week, Lux Research attended the Supply Chain Asia Forum 2019 in Singapore hosted by Supply Chain Asia, a networking community for the supply chain and logistics industry supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board. The focus for the conference centered around two primary themes: the ... read more.

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Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

September 17, 2019

Wearables continue to develop and provide new capabilities in athletics, disease prevention, new models of health care, and providing individuals more insight into their personal health. When it comes to heart rate monitoring, two primary technologies are available to device manufacturers: ECG and ... read more.

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Miraj Mainali

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September 17, 2019

Video analytics software

The company was founded by Vinay T.S. (CEO) and Vidhya Vinay (VP, engineering); the founders were long-term employees of Cisco Systems and have technical expertise in software development and networking but lack prior entrepreneurship experience and don't appear to have domain expertise in computer ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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September 17, 2019

Small-molecule discovery platform with novel fungal natural products

The company was started by Maureen Hillenmeyer (CEO), Colin Harvey (head of biology and chemistry), and Brian Naughton (head of data); prior to starting the company, Maureen was the director of the Genomes to Natural Products program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where Colin also ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Prototyping and production-scale metal 3D printers, materials, and 3D printing software provider

Develops two metal 3D printing systems for functional prototyping and production parts as well as the necessary software and peripheral equipment The technology allows for a wide range of materials at a lower cost compared to traditional manufacturing but does require a debinding and sintering step ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Biodegradable and water-soluble biopolymer resins based on milk casein

Produces biodegradable and water-soluble bioplastic resins derived from casein, a milk protein; the resin is hot/cold water-soluble and has good oxygen barrier properties; the material has low mechanical strength due to its short polymer chains Currently selling biodegradable film packaging for ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 17, 2019

Polyhydroxybutyrate bioplastic derived from wastewater

EggPlant was started by Domenico Centrone, Vito Emanuele Carofiglio, and Paolo Stufano in 2013 and is based in Puglia, Italy. The company develops polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics derived from industrial wastewater (e.g., dairy, citrus, confectionery); the collected wastewater goes through a ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Consumers are opting for environmentally conscious products with better end-of-life disposal, ease of use, and cost efficiency. With increasing awareness of the negative environmental effects of incumbent materials, there is a preference for sustainable options and eco-friendly products, leading to ... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Develops adjuvant technology that carries, protects, and releases active ingredients while targeting plant and insect surfaces

The company was founded by Ameer Shakeel and Payam Pourtaheri through the University of Virginia's i.Lab incubator. To date, the company has raised about $5 million, including a $4 million Series A round in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize Ospraie Ag Science and Cavallo Ventures. The company ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

September 16, 2019

Bioinformatics, the application of computational tools to transform, standardize, analyze, store, and organize biological data, will play a game-changing role in the identification and development of future opportunities across the agrifood and health ecosystem. The prominent use cases for ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Overview: 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.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 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: 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 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.