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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

May 20, 2019

Development of plant fiber materials with improved water-holding functionality

Produces plant-based fiber products used for improving the taste, texture, and nutrition of food and beverages Sources raw material from agricultural and food processing byproduct; achieves increased water-holding capacity and emulsification properties via physical manipulation of the fiber's ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

May 20, 2019

Upcycles organic waste material for insect-based proteins, oils, and fertilizer

Upcycles organic waste using Hermetia illucens, the black soldier fly (BSF), to produce insect-based protein meal, oil, and fertilizer; AgriProtein's three product streams are called MagMeal (55% protein, The company claims that one facility annually upcycles 90,000 tons of organic waste to 5,000 ... read more.
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Tim Grejtak

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 19, 2019

Develops graphene technologies for filtration, adsorption, and energy applications

The company was started by IIT graduates Kartik Hajela and Akshay Singhal in 2014. To date, the company has raised approximately $500,000 from various startups, incubators, and angel investors, such as micro-VC firm GEMS Partners, IIT Roorkee incubator TIDES, and early-stage investor Metaform ... read more.
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

May 17, 2019

Modular dry anaerobic digestion system for on-site power generation and fuel

The company was founded by Mainak Chakraborty and Sreekrishna Sankar in 2012 with support from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and i2India to commercialize a waste-to-energy solution designed for the urban environment. To date, the company has raised about $750,000, the majority of ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 17, 2019

Steel with decoupled surface and bulk properties

Developed a platform technology to produce alloys with a metallurgically bonded diffusion-based top layer; the top layer's properties are decoupled from the bulk material Focusing on chromium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, and boron as alloying elements for the top layer; technology works on most steel ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Forward osmosis (FO) differs from reverse osmosis in that it doesn't require external pressure to separate fresh water from a feed solution across a semipermeable membrane. After nearly two decades of research, FO is being used in a number of different separations, such as seawater desalination, ... read more.

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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Analytical platform for optimization of biological wastewater treatment

The Columbia University-based business measures and assesses critical water quality parameters and offers suggestions on how to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce operational costs of water and wastewater systems Uses DNA/RNA sequencing to determine microbial signatures and biomarkers that ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Decision support software for groundwater planning and management

The company was started by an experienced team of civil engineers, software engineers, and hydrologists, namely Francisco Batlle, Xavier Almolda, Jesús Carrera, Francisco Javier Elorza, and Jorge Jódar. To date, the company has raised approximately €750,000 from Vento, a venture fund run by Suez's ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

May 16, 2019

Robotic system for warehouse management

Develops autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and an accompanying cloud robotics platform for warehouse automation The company's suite of robots is quite diverse and includes solutions for heavy freight handling, small material transport, conveyer-to-conveyer transport, and inventory scanning Integrations... read more.
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Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

The commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 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?

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: June 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 the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.