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Holly Havel

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March 20, 2019

Metal-to-metal sealing technology for oil and gas pipelines

The company was started by CEO Elaine Galston in 2016 to develop metal-to-metal (M2M) sealing technology, which was invented and spun out by Meta Downhole and Shell as part of a joint industry project; the company's funding history is unknown. The company is a developer of a non-welded, non-threaded... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Food delivery robots for college campuses

The company develops a semiautonomous robot that delivers food to students and operates mostly on sidewalks of college campuses The robot features six cameras and uses computer vision to avoid obstacles as well as deep learning for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) Remote operators take ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Autonomous industrial vehicles

Members of the USU Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems founded Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) as a spinout in 2000; the company has raised $85 million in non-equity funding from undisclosed partners, though companies can buy shares in ASI's companies (ASI separates its verticals ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Mechanical and solid-state lidar for autonomous vehicles

CEO Yifan Li and CTO Shaoqing Xiang founded Hesai in 2013; Hesai raised $16 million in a Series A led by Pagoda investment and joined Baidu's Apollo project in 2017; it raised another $40 million in a 2017 Series B led by Baidu Apollo and Lightspeed China Partners, for a total of $58 million in ... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 20, 2019

Powered exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation applications

The company was founded in 2016 and has received two rounds of funding to date; funding amounts are undisclosed, but investors include Lenovo Capital, Taiyou Fund, and Share Capital. The company is a developer of exoskeletons for medical rehabilitation purposes; its products include powered lower-... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 20, 2019

Lux had the opportunity to give the opening speech at this year's Bioplastics Market Summit in Bangkok, which also featured leading bioplastics players like Genomatica, Total Corbion, Synvina, and Novamont; major brands like Marks & Spencer and Ikea; and major chemical players like PTT and DSM. The ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

March 19, 2019

Machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition

The company was started by Ted Cho (CEO), Doug Ahn (COO), Seongjin Cho (CTO), and Jungyeol Lee (Staff Engineer) in November 2015 to develop machine learning technologies for applications in image recognition, machine-human conversation, and context recognition; the founding team members have ... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

Digital sales platform for the chemicals industry

Wholly owned but independent subsidiary of Lanxess, operating a digital marketplace for the chemicals industry The main features of its marketplace include searching, data availability on technical specs and pricing, support for direct transactions on its platform, and order tracking Platform is ... read more.
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Xiao Zhong and Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 19, 2019

The past few years have witnessed tremendous momentum for 3D printing. However, novel 3D printable materials development has been much less emphasized compared to innovations in other parts of the 3D printing value chain, such as hardware and software technologies. Although top 3D printing companies... read more.

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Electronic Materials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Materials innovation is driving the next wave of electronic devices, from flexible displays to ubiquitous sensors. We will survey the electronic materials innovation landscape to understand what materials will enable these devices, and when the materials will be ready for market.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

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

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

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.

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.