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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 20, 2019

Continuous carbon fiber composite 3D printing technology

The company was founded by Giovanni Cavolina and Martin Eichenhofer as a spinoff of ETH Zurich; it is currently supported by European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Switzerland. To date, the company has raised about 1 million CHF (around $1 million) in seed funding. The company ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Southeast Asia presents a tantalizing yet challenging opportunity for the food industry. The region contains 10 countries, all within a 2,000 km radius and with some of the highest and lowest GDPs per capita in the world. Singapore sits at the high end, with $65,000 per capita, while Myanmar sits at... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

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August 19, 2019

Produces animal proteins using synthetic biology techniques

Produces fermentation-derived animal proteins by employing synthetic biology techniques; product pipeline consists of six different animal proteins across four different animal types, having produced certain proteins up to the scale of 1,000-liter fermenters Plans to engage in a business-to-business... read more.
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Sara Olson

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Countertop steam oven and complementary meal delivery service

The company was founded by David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox, current CEO and CTO, respectively; the company was founded with the name Maestro, but rebranded as Tovala in January 2016 on its entry into the Y-Combinator. To date, the company has raised about $19 million in publicized fundraising, ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Immobilized microorganisms for sugar reduction in fruit juices

Develops immobilized microorganisms for the bioconversion of monosaccharides and disaccharides in fruit juices into nondigestible forms; continuous process claims to result in 30% to 80 % reduction in sugar So far, raised about €570,000 funding backed by The Kitchen FoodTech Hub incubator and is ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

August 19, 2019

Upcycles soybean-derived pulp into a high-protein, high-fiber flour

The company was started by Claire Schlemme, who also started a juice bar business in Boston, Massachusetts. So far, the company has raised about $2.5 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we highlight HG Ventures. The company is a developer of a high-protein, high-fiber flour from okara, ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

Sensor and data integration to optimize processes from growth to harvest to shipping

The company was started by the cloud consultancy 9apps. To date, the company has raised about $5.5 million, including a 2019 Series A and two seed rounds in 2016. Among its investors, we emphasize SHIFT Invest and Rabo F&A Innovation. The company makes ZENSIE, a sensor-integrated dashboard that ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 19, 2019

As the crop trait discovery and development industry gains momentum (see recent news from Inari, Benson Hill Biosystems, and Cibus) thanks in large part to advances in technologies capable of reading, writing, and editing the genome, technologies capable of rapidly and comprehensively measuring the ... read more.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu

The Future of Mobility

August 17, 2019

Bus-hailing platform on designated routes

The company was started by Usman Gul, a former strategy and enterprise partnership manager at on-demand food delivery company DoorDash. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.2 million publicly, with the recent seed round in August 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Fatima Gobi ... read more.
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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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.