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Holly Havel

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October 25, 2018

Small inline sensors for pipeline monitoring and leak detection

Develops small, spherical in-line sensors that detect and locate leaks, defects, magnetic features, deposits, and restrictions in oil and gas, produced water, or freshwater pipelines Designed sensors for unpiggable or small-diameter pipelines, where in-line inspection is not feasible or not ... read more.
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Pet refine technologies
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Charles Willard

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October 25, 2018

Chemical process to depolymerize PET plastic bottle waste to BHET monomers before reforming virgin-grade PET resins

Uses a chemical process to break down plastic bottle waste to BHET before reforming PET resins to sell back to plastic bottle manufacturers; process takes about 24 hours; will also begin selling polyester fibers to the textile industry in 2019 JEPLAN, a profitable medium-sized chemical recycling ... read more.
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Valentis
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Charles Willard

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October 25, 2018

Combines nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and nanoparticles for transparent coatings

Combines various undisclosed nanoparticles with nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) to create transparent coatings for common plastic films; developing a biodegradable coating formulation that filters blue LED light to produce red light Claims all coatings decrease water and oxygen transmission rates, ... read more.
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S2g
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Charles Willard

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October 25, 2018

S2G BioChem has developed a process that uses nonprecious metal catalysts to convert forest residue-derived sugars to mixed glycols and alcohol, either sorbitol or xylitol. S2G was founded in 2009 to primarily focus on glycol production, and when Lux interviewed the company in 2012, it still had not... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

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October 25, 2018

Utah's Division of Air Quality started a project to monitor formaldehyde in the air around Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bountiful, Utah. Utah has the worst pollution levels in the U.S. due to refineries and drug manufacturers in the area contributing pollutants. The National Institute of Health ... read more.

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Smart engines
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Venkatesh Konanur

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October 25, 2018

The company was founded by CEO Jarkko Antila and COO Janne Suhonen in 2014; it raised an estimated $5.5 million before the German photonics company M-u-t acquired a majority stake in 2018. The company is a developer of portable MEMS interferometers that use the Fabry-Pérot method and near-infrared ... read more.
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Senseware
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Venkatesh Konanur

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

October 25, 2018

The company was started by CEO Serene Almomen and CTO Julien Stamatakis in 2013; its last funding was a seed round in 2016 for $2.1 million. Among its investors, we emphasize Blu Ventures Investors, CIT GAP Funds, Acceleprise, and Arab Angel Fund. The company develops sensor nodes, gateways, and ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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October 25, 2018

Environmental gas and particulate sensor

The company was founded by CEO Brian Kim, COO Will Hubbard, and Strategy Analyst Michael Keaton in 2014. The company has raised at least $665,000 in funding in addition to an undisclosed seed round. The company makes a consumer and enterprise environmental sensing platform that detects various ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

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October 25, 2018

DNA-based microbial testing for cannabis, botanicals, food, and agricultural products

The company was founded by Milan Patel, Michael Hogan, and Eric Lachance. So far, the company has raised about $4.1 million, with a majority coming from a 2018 convertible note for $3.4 million. Among its investors, we emphasize Salveo Capital, Altitude Investment Management, Panther Opportunity ... read more.
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Acelerex
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Tim Grejtak

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October 25, 2018

Electricity analytics company providing consulting services and software products

Acelerex offers consulting and software products based on its electricity data analytics platform; the company builds evaluation and optimization tools using its large dataset of public data and in-house modeling and forecasting software Authored reports for the New York State Energy Research and ... read more.
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Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Regional Policy Trends for Packaging Materials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will explore how regional policy is impacting the adoption of recycled and bio-based packaging materials worldwide.

Finding the Next Disruptive Materials Innovations

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Advances in basic science are always occurring, and new breakthroughs could be around the corner. This report seeks to identify stage zero materials technologies that could be highly impactful and build a timeline for their possible development.

Top Materials Developments in 2018 and What to Look for in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

To guide clients for the year ahead, in this annual Lux report we review key tech activity from 2018 and identify key tech trends for 2019. We do this by combining analyst input with data from the Lux Intelligence Engine. Themes include a focus on using new digital technologies to enhance customer experience, the difficulty of turning materials inventions into products, and transforming consumer needs (including the desire for sustainability).

Digital Twins

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will provide a brief overview of digital twins, including what they are, key use cases, example developers, and recommendations for clients interested in implementing digital twins in their processes.

Telehealth: Finding opportunity in the landscape

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

This report will provide a comprehensive outline of telehealth, explicitly defining the four pillars of the telehealth landscape. We will discuss the ideal applications and opportunities in each pillar as well as their drawbacks, and highlight future opportunities for success in the space.

Harnessing the potential of digital technologies for the food industry

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Digital technologies are creating a major impact on every industry. In this report, we will assess the potential of emerging digital technologies for various applications within the food value chain. It will also highlight opportunities for the industry players to harness the digital toolbox and discuss key winning aspects of successful use cases in the food industry.

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?

Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.