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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 5, 2019

Automated online monitoring of bacterial contamination in water

The company was started by Wolfgang Vogl, who has 25 years of experience in R&D in different applications and product management; Wolfgang initially developed the ColiMinder technology in 2010 and holds several patents on the technology. Vienna Water Monitoring (VWM) has been funded privately by ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

March 5, 2019

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in the food sector like Kellogg's and General Mills have expressed their intent to add more plant protein-based products to their portfolios, as they view this space as one of the key growth areas. To accomplish this, the corporate venture arms of these ... read more.

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Yarok
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

March 5, 2019

Pathogen detection system for food applications

The company was started by Vladimir Glukhman and Jonathan Sierra (CEO); Vladimir has a background in microbiology and was previously associated with another startup, TACount. To date, the company has raised about €250,000, mostly through grants from Israel Innovation Authority and Kickstart ... read more.
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Clari
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Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

March 5, 2019

Mobile-based app for quality analysis of fresh produce

The company was started by Avi Schwartzer (CEO) and Ruby Boyarski (CTO); the co-founders have a background in software industry. The company is a developer of mobile application for noninvasive quality detection of fresh produce, with an initial focus on table grapes and tomatoes. The user input ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

Desktop 3D printer with laser engraving and computer numerical control carving features

The company was founded by Daniel Chen in 2016 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. To date, the company has raised about $3 million, including a recent Kicktstarter crowdfunding campaign; the lead investor is Cowin Capital, a group of venture capital firms in China. The company makes desktop 3D printers ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

Stereolithography 3D printer and photopolymer resins

The company was started by Andrea Denaro, Avi Reichental, Gianni Zitelli, and Luciano Tringali in 2014 in the U.S. To date, the company has raised about $822,000 in a seed funding round closed in August 2018. Among its investors, we emphasize XponentialWorks, which is a VC company specializing in ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

Thermoset 3D printing materials for production-scale manufacturing

Closed Series A funding round in February 2019; amount undisclosed; investors include DSM Venturing, Applied Ventures, and Chemence Develops 3D-printable photopolymer resins that do not require heating during printing; its current branded materials show better mechanical properties than most ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

March 5, 2019

Connected platform with proprietary microinverter for energy resource aggregation in virtual power plants

UGrid is developing a connected platform including hardware and software components aiming to enable aggregation of distributed energy resources (DERs) into virtual power plants (VPPs) Current focus is on hardware development of a proprietary microinverter, claiming that its current prototype has ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Digital Transformation More...

March 5, 2019

Optical imaging systems for food quality inspection

First-generation system "Hydra" requires manual loading of food samples in a 12" × 16" tray, takes about 55 seconds to complete optical imaging, and then requires an operator to accept or reject the lot based on results Leverages computer vision algorithms to analyze for quality parameters, such as ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 4, 2019

3D reinforced carbon fiber composites

The company was founded by three co-founders from Northeastern University in 2016 to develop carbon fiber composites for applications in aircraft, fan blades, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Since its founding, the company has received a $65,000 grant from the MassCEC Catalyst Program and $225,000 in ... read more.
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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.