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Laura Krishfield

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February 16, 2019

Uses acoustic data and machine learning to optimize salmon feeding

The company was founded by CEO Bendik S. Søvegjarto in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. So far, the company has raised about $8.8 million, with the most recent investment being for $2.8 million. Among its investors, we emphasize Innovation Norway, Breed Reply, and a ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 16, 2019

Collaborative robotic platform for outdoor labor

Develops automated path-tracing robots for assisting in transportation tasks within agriculture production; the robot is called Burro Burro uses computer vision and machine learning to trace paths and automatically rerun routes while carrying up to 500 lbs Augean Robotics is currently selling its ... read more.
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Bactusense
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Laura Krishfield

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

February 16, 2019

Develops silicon-based microchips and optical biosensors for bacteria detection

The company was founded by Amir Saar, Ester Segal, and Ofer Du-nour; Amir and Ester developed the technology while professors at the Jerusalem's Hebrew University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology before partnering with Ofer to license the technology to a nanotechnology innovations ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 15, 2019

Mapping data for autonomous vehicles

CEO James Wu and CTO Mark Wheeler founded DeepMap in 2016 after work at Baidu's autonomous vehicle program and Google's mapping services; the company raised $60 million in a 2018 Series B led by Bosch's VC arm, for a total of $92 million in funding to date; other investors include Nvidia, Accel, and... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 15, 2019

This year's AABC Europe conference saw a change in location, moving from Germany to just across the border in France, but remained a must-attend event due to the high quality of speakers and balance of technical and market discussions. As in previous conferences we've attended in the past couple of ... read more.

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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 15, 2019

Electric rickshaw ride-hailing

The company is a developer of an electric rickshaw ride-hailing service, in which it owns the vehicles and provides charging and battery swapping infrastructure to drivers. SmartE's rickshaws have batteries ranging in size from 3.4 kWh to 7.4 kWh, which it sources from local suppliers like Amara ... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

February 15, 2019

Off-grid solar solutions for emerging economies

Mobisol was founded in 2010 and has received $27.5 million in funding from the International Finance Corporation and other venture capital firms. The company develops off-grid solar systems ranging from 80 W to 200 W, which incorporate a charge controller and a lead-acid battery for short-term ... read more.
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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Has more than 80 years of experience in industrial fermentation; leverages this knowledge for innovative and new applications like the production of bioplastics Operates its core business in the two business lines Ingredient Solutions – Food and Ingredient Solutions – Biochemicals; more cutting-edge... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Is the largest lithium producer in the world; its $1.15 billion acquisition of a 50% stake in the Wodgina lithium mine will further strengthen its position Its products are mainly used in energy storage, petroleum refining, consumer electronics, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Textile coatings from agricultural and algal feedstocks

CEO Matthias Foessel co-founded Beyond Surface Technologies in 2008 after serving as the global director of new technologies at Huntsman and the head of the finishing division at Ciba Specialty Chemicals. The company develops chemical finishes for textiles made partially or fully from renewable raw ... read more.
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Digitizing the fight against diabetes: From therapy to prevention

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

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

In this report we approach the digital management of diabetes by looking at the complete health spectrum from healthy to severely diseased individuals and highlight unmet needs and opportunities that digital health developers should take advantage of. We also highlight how these strategies should consider underlying differences, from molecular to cultural, when addressing different markets and regions.

How to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Materials informatics applies data science and AI methods to better understand the use, selection, development, and discovery of materials. As an emerging technology with strong momentum during the past year, it is used across the value chain, from upstream materials and chemicals developers to downstream product manufacturers. In this report, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the key players and their activities in this space. Specifically, we will review different application areas, data challenges, and recent developments from both startups and large corporations. We also provide our vision on the near future of how materials informatics will expand from materials to parts and products, from working with a few R&D units to establishing a whole platform for each part of the value chain. Finally, we discuss why clients across the value chain should overcome the data-sharing fear to work on materials informatics. We also propose three strategies to engage with materials informatics and advise on how to form a strategy that works the best.

Genomics in agriculture

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Big data in agriculture was initially synonymous with "precision agriculture," however the rise of genomics and other informatics tools are fundamentally changing the roles DNA and data play in agriculture. (This report will be the first of a "Genomics in X" series, building on the "Power of DNA" report/webinar)

Electronic Materials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

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

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 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?

Pinching the Funnel: How China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation Makes it a Global Force

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

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.