Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

January 29, 2020

Live microorganisms (bacteria and yeast) that, when administered in the right amounts, confer host microbiota-targeted health benefits. Probiotics will continue to garner attention, given their potential to impact multiple application areas. Expect to see more investment activities around the ... read more.

Technology

Arij van Berkel

Future Grid More...

January 29, 2020

Utility data integration and analytics

Greenbird was started by Thorsten Heller in 2010; it has raised about €4.6 million ($5 million), with contributions from Statkraft Ventures and ETF Partners; the company is part of the 2018 cohort of the Free Electrons accelerator Greenbird's Utilihive platform enables the integration of various ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 28, 2020

Robotics system developers for harsh and unstructured environments

Develops robotic hardware, control software, and cloud services for inspection, repair, and maintenance of underwater assets Recently developed Aquanaut, a robot that can transform between a long-distance travel mode and a tetherless remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) mode for light ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva and Benjamin Torda

Energy Storage More...

January 28, 2020

This insight is part of the Lux Energy Team's Year in Review series examining the highlights and key developments of the energy industry in 2019. For an overview of the entire energy ecosystem, see the hottest energy topics and highlights across four key storylines. For deep dives into particular ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

January 27, 2020

Wearable headband that maintains optimal temperature during sleep

The company was founded by Eric Nofzinger, who was a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for more than 30 years. To date, the company has raised approximately $38 million in one funding round in January 2017. Among its investors, we highlight Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 27, 2020

In the past two decades, there has been major growth in crowdsourced open innovation, including hackathons, open conferences, startup pitches, and innovation challenges. We have seen these events transform the computer science space into a sandbox environment by encouraging and facilitating ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 24, 2020

Bacterial nanocellulose for medical applications like wound care, burn care, and pre- and post-cosmetic treatments

Bowil Biotech is a bacterial nanocellulose company commercializing technology initially developed at the Lodz University of Technology (LUT) in Poland; the company was founded in 2006, establishing ties with LUT in 2009 resulting in the purchase of LUT's "know-how" for bacterial cellulose production... read more.
Company Snapshot

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 24, 2020

Ozonolysis of bio-oils into diacids, aldehydes, and other specialty chemicals

Developed an ozonolysis platform to convert vegetable oils and other bio-based feedstocks into diacids, aldehydes, and other oxidation products; primarily uses high-oleic oils like palm oil and soybean oil as feedstock Continuous small-volume process reduces the potential danger associated with ... read more.
Company Profile

Chad Goldberg

Energy Storage More...

January 24, 2020

eVTOL aircraft developer

The company was founded by JoeBen Bevirt in 2009 to develop a piloted, four-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft intended for service as an air taxi. To date, the company has raised approximately $720 million; among its investors, we highlight Intel Capital, JetBlue Technology ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Herrera

Digital Transformation More...

January 24, 2020

E-bikes and e-scooters powered by supercapacitors

QiQ is a rental company for e-bikes and e-scooters powered by supercapacitors; the company designs the vehicles and software for the customer and fleet observation. The e-bikes and e-scooters can be charged to full power in seven minutes for a range of 9 km to 15 km; the e-bike uses a pedal-assist ... read more.
Company Snapshot

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

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.

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.