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Thomas Hayes

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

January 22, 2019

Gut microbiome health company specializing in personalized probiotics

The company was started by Sunny Jain (CEO), a molecular biologist who previously worked for Illumina. To date, the company has raised about $3 million, largely from a $2.9 million round in January 2019. Among its investors, we highlight SOSV; Sun Genomics participated in SOSV's IndieBio accelerator... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

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January 22, 2019

Food production and delivery

The company was started by Martti Paatela (CEO) and Kai Karttunen; Martti is a former rocket scientist, and Kai has a background in business and is associated with several other startups. So far, the company has raised about $1.5 million. Among its investors, we emphasize Estonia-based VC firm ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

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January 22, 2019

Cultured chicken meat

Develops lab-grown poultry meat; employs biopsy for cell isolation Looks to develop hybrid products containing plant protein and cultured meat The company is no longer pursuing a distributed manufacturing model; it plans to produce a chicken nugget prototype by early 2019 and hopes to introduce a ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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January 22, 2019

AI that uses on-device smartphone sensors to predict consumer behavior

The company was started by CTO Gil Levy and COO Yaron Aizenbud; CEO Ofer Tziperman joined the company in 2015 and previously served as the CEO of On Track Innovations (NASDAQ: OTIV). So far, the company has raised about $16.5 million, including a $10 million Series B round in 2018; among its ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 21, 2019

Microwave-based depolymerization technology for recycling polystyrene

Developed the catalytic microwave depolymerization (CMD) technology that recycles waste polystyrene to styrene monomers via microwave pyrolysis Pyrowave's CMD reactors have a processing capacity of 4.8 metric tons per day (MTPD) and offer a 90% yield of recycled styrene that exhibits equivalent ... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

Energy Storage More...

January 21, 2019

Small-scale renewable ammonia synthesis

The company was founded by Joe Beach and Jennifer Beach in 2007 to develop projects in solar energy; in 2016, the company switched to developing a catalytic technology for renewable ammonia synthesis. The company develops a fast-ramping low-pressure ammonia synthesis process that uses renewable ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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January 21, 2019

Drug discovery using biophysics, artificial intelligence, and systems biology

Cyclica began operations in 2014, and the current CEO is Naheed Kurji The company's flagship product, Ligand Express, allows for rapid polypharmacology screening of small molecules against protein structure databases or a complex database of molecules (i.e., the hypothesized contents of a cell) The ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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January 21, 2019

Develops information communication technology for digital agriculture applications

Developed as an innovation project within Microsoft Azure Utilizes TV white spaces as an information streaming technology for agriculture data FarmBeats and Microsoft are not interested in becoming an agriculture company but will instead develop enabling technologies for existing platforms The ... read more.
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Dynium robot
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

January 21, 2019

Autonomous agriculture tractor with crop analytics

The company was founded by Charles Kirby (CEO) and Christopher Marshall (CTO). So far, the company has raised about $2.5 million through grants and projects and recently closed a seed funding round. Among its investors, we highlight AI Seed and Innovation UK. The company develops driverless ... read more.
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Novonutrients
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Laura Krishfield

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January 21, 2019

Uses microbial bioreactors from carbon dioxide to create protein for aquaculture feed

NovoNutrients is a developer of proprietary microbes and gas fermentation systems for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into protein The company sources CO2 and hydrogen (H2) gases from industrial gas emissions to produce its fishmeal alternative, branded Novomeal; Novomeal is currently 68% protein  ... read more.
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Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Building a Circular Economy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

The Circular Economy - converting waste such as spent biomass, foodwaste, and plastic waste into products with value - has seen significant innovation interest in recent times. However, the path towards circularity requires connecting multiple technologies including waste collection/sorting, and the conversion technologies themselves. This report aims to highlight and evaluate these enabling technologies, while also highlighting gaps in creating a circular economy.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Food, health, and wellness in retrospect: The top news, tech, and questions you asked in 2018

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Over 2018, we saw major changes across the food and health value chain, from the introduction of new crops developed with gene editing to progress on growing meat without needing animals. It was an eventful year, which can make it difficult to keep perspective on the major changes, and avoid getting caught up in day-to-day happenings. This report offers a retrospective view of 2018 - the news we covered and what it means for your business, the top developers our analysts feel are worth engaging with, and the major questions that you and your competitors asked our analyst team. It also helps frame the themes we anticipate covering in 2019 and beyond

Energy's Top News, Technology Developers, and Questions You Asked About in 2018

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Highlights of the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2018. While not designed as a ranking list, this report instead serves as a summary of the developments in 2018 and how Lux Research's Energy Team views them as key steps in the evolution of the energy system in 2019 and beyond.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Roadmap: Next Generation PV

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Silicon remains the dominant material in the PV market, with innovations coming mostly from the larger players. In order to keep ahead of the competition, companies are continually improving on silicon PV architectures. This report is an update on the advanced silicon PV report of 2015, noting new trends in research and manufacturing in silicon PV, and highlighting the economics and scenarios of deployment of each type.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.

Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.