Lisheng Gao

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 17, 2020

Gas sensors using a redox reaction mechanism to identify and quantify gaseous chemicals

The company was founded by Pierre-Alexandre Gross and Ehsan Sadeghipour in 2018 as a spinoff from Standford University; the company relies on research funds at the current stage. The company offers small-form-factor electrochemical gas sensors using proton (hydrogen ion, H+) conductive Nafion ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 17, 2020

Carbon nanotube-based chemical sensors

The company offers carbon nanotube (CNT)-based chemical sensor chips; these sensors can detect analytes including gases, liquids, and proteins The sensor chips are fabricated using standard commercial 200 nm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication techniques on semiconductor wafer... read more.
Company Profile

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 17, 2020

Vehicles powered by electric motors instead of combustion engines, sourcing electricity from fuel cells, batteries, or other energy storage devices. Moving away from reliance on nonrenewable sources of energy is central to the energy transition, and electrifying the transportation sector would make ... read more.

Technology

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 17, 2020

The microbiome is leveraged across a wide range of industries to drive value for a variety of consumers and users (see Lux's Tech Pages on the skin microbiome, microbiome analysis, and prebiotics, probiotics, and biofertilizers). Most companies take a first-stage approach leveraging microbial ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 17, 2020

Cell-based meat developer

The company was started by Uma Valeti, current CEO and former Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and Nicholas Genovese, current CSO and stem cell biologist. So far, the company has raised about $181 million, of which $161 million came from a Series B round in January 2020. Among its investors, we highlight ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 14, 2020

Crop advisory app for disease identification and treatment suggestions

Develops a mobile app that offers free characterization of approximately 600 plant symptoms of diseases, pest damage, and nutrient deficiencies for 45 different crops using image recognition software; includes access to plant pathologists, weather and disease alerts, and a crop advisory tool Targets... read more.
Company Profile

Lisheng Gao

Consumer IoT More...

February 14, 2020

Passive RFID with electromagnetic beam steering features for wireless charging

The company was founded by C. Paul Slaby in 2014 in Ottawa, Canada; to date, the company has raised $820,000 through angel and VC investment. The company is a developer of UHF RFID technology for item tracking and wireless electricity transmission; its key innovation is the firmware algorithms that ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

February 14, 2020

Decoupled hydrogen and oxygen generation from water electrolysis

Water electrolysis system operating in swing mode for decoupled hydrogen and oxygen generation; hydrogen first electrochemically evolves at the cathode while oxygen is released from anode at elevated temperatures of up to 95 °C Claims a minimum electrical consumption of 42 kWh/kg of hydrogen evolved... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 14, 2020

Provides analysis of chemical and physical soil properties based on Vis-NIR spectroscopy and chemometric algorithms

To date, the company has raised approximately $2.3 million. Among its investors, we emphasize SP Ventures and Pulse Innovation Hub. The company makes a laboratory-based soil monitoring service that relies on spectroscopy data covering the visible (400 nm to 765 nm) and near-infrared (NIR; 765 nm to ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Thomas Hayes

Agro Innovation More...

February 13, 2020

Gene editing platform to improve the nutritional density of crops

The company was founded by Lloyd Kunimoto (CEO) and Dr. Michael Lassner (CSO); both have had senior-level roles in small and large agricultural biotechnology companies. To date, the company has raised about $5 million from a Series A round in April 2017 led by Spruce Capital with participation from ... read more.
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Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

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.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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: March 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.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

In the Path of Destruction: Preparing for Global Climate Change in the Chemical Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

While it is tempting to ignore the intangible consequences of climate change with regards to day-to-day business in the chemical industry, climate events like tropical storm Harvey in 2018, or the Rhine droughts of 2019, have shown significant short-term impact. While it is wishful thinking that such events were improbable and isolated, climate research shows that they will only grow more frequent as global temperatures continue to rise. Disruption to chemical production and distribution will, in turn, be made worse by an increase in climate-related extreme weather events, sea-level rise, temperature change, and drought over the next 50 years. Companies in the industry should be evaluating how their business will be impacted and prepare adaptation strategies to mitigate risk both in the short- and long-term. The current report assesses the industry's exposure to climate threats based on geographic location, production processes employed, and supply chain factors, and offers solutions for companies to build resilience and maintain a long-term competitive advantage.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.