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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.

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Charles Willard

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Voyant
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Danielle Bradnan

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

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.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will examine the theoretical advantages of industrial fermentation (scale independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing; flexible production) and reasons for 2018 setbacks. It will examine the continued shift towards high margin products.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.