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Charles Willard

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February 14, 2019

Bacterial nanocellulose (BC) is a multifunctional nanobiomaterial that has shown significant potential in wound care, cosmetic, and food applications. BC is produced via the fermentation of acetic acid bacteria (AAB), which secrete nano- and micro-sized cellulose fibers produced from a row of ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

EC Horizon 2020 project building an industrial recycling pilot plant for multilayer packaging and fiber reinforced composites

MultiCycle is a three-year EC Horizon 2020 project that will build an industrial recycling pilot plant for thermoplastic multimaterials, allowing selective recovery of polymers from mixed, multilayered, and composite waste with minimal downgrading of material properties. The project is based on ... read more.
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Ellen mac found
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Facilitating the transition to a more circular economy

Ellen MacArthur, Philip Sellwood, and Peter Morgan founded the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2009 with the support of founding industry partners B&Q, BT, Cisco, National Grid, and Renault; the organization initially raised £6.5 million from Ellen MacArthur and the founding partners to support ... read more.
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Kiverdi
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Charles Willard

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February 14, 2019

Converts single-carbon and hydrogen gas to various products via microbial fermentation

Has a library of more than 200 unique strains of Knallgas bacteria that can convert either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide and hydrogen to various products, including biostimulants, proteins for human and aquaculture consumption, acrylic acid, lactic acid, multiple oleochemicals (up to 22 carbon ... read more.
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Density
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

February 14, 2019

The company was founded by CEO Andrew Farah, Brian Weinreich, Jordan Messina, and Robert Grazioli; prior to starting the company, Andrew was the managing partner at a product and software consulting firm. So far, the company has raised about $16.2 million; its most recent round was a $12 million ... read more.
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Ecospearsfinallogo
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

February 14, 2019

Patented technology for the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other chemicals from water and dry soil

The company was founded by Serg Albino in 2017 after receiving an exclusive license for the sorbent polymer extraction and remediation system (SPEAR) of persistent toxins in water, initially developed at NASA; the technology was co-invented by Dr. Quinn, Dr. Devor, and Dr. Maloney. To date, the ... read more.
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Bend labs
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

February 14, 2019

The company was started by Jared Jones and Shawn Reese in 2013; Bend Labs raised a seed round from the China-based LH Capital Management for an undisclosed amount in 2016. The company makes flexible electrical sensors for measuring the dimensions of products along one to two axes during ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

February 14, 2019

Greater adoption of IoT devices has increased the need for wireless power harvesting, which would make digital deployments easier. These harvesters look to extend the working life of sensors and cut down on the deployment costs by eliminating the need for a wired connection. Due to this potential ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage and Charles Willard

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February 14, 2019

As the build-up of waste becomes a key issue in today’s linear economy, both the private and public sectors have shown interest in transitioning towards a circular economy. Despite these intentions, many waste conversion technologies are early-stage and will require years of development before ... read more.

State of the Market Report
Voyant
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Danielle Bradnan

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

February 14, 2019

Smart toilet device for urinalysis

Develops a smart toilet device targeting high-throughput emergency rooms for the detection of pregnancy, protein, and sugar levels in urine Incorporated in 2017 and has raised $120,000 in funding to date The company is developing a smart device for automated urinalysis in emergency department ... read more.
Company Profile

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

The Market Opportunity for Flexible Displays

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Flexible displays have been an emerging opportunity for over a decade, but have yet to achieve significant traction. In this report, we'll explore the state of the flexible displays market, how the technology's challenges can be overcome to enable widespread adoption, and how clients should participate in the flexible displays value chain.

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will provide a deep understanding of AI activities in China and how these activities are poised to impact the world. We will analyze investment activity and government support in this space, evaluate the most important AI technologies and applications being targeted in China, and highlight how Chinese AI companies are gaining traction in the global marketplace.

Crude to chemicals: Bridging the gap between crude refining and petrochemicals

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

The interest in crude-to-chemicals has rapidly grown in recent years with multiple integrated oil companies moving further into the downstream value chain. This report offers a landscape for the process, answering three questions: The various technologies C2C comprises of, the chemicals that can be produced, and the economics associated with the process.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

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.

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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: Q2 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.