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Patricia daSilva

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January 18, 2019

Rotor sails for cargo ships

Norsepower was founded by CEO Tuomas Riski in November 2012 and has received more than $11.6 million in funding in the past two years from the EU, the Finish government, and different venture capital firms. Develops a rotor sail technology that harvests wind energy and provides auxiliary propulsion... read more.
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Biopetrolia
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Gihan Hewage

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January 17, 2019

The company was started by Jens Nielsen and Anastasia Krivoruchko to commercialize yeast synthetic biology technology developed in Jens' lab. Among its investors, we emphasize Novo Seeds, which provided a pre-seed grant to Biopetrolia upon its founding in 2014. The company develops platforms to ... read more.
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Cleyond
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polyethylene and polyamide waste to regranulates

The company was founded by CEO Jürgen Pfister and CFO Andreas Nold in early 2017 to help solve the ocean plastics issue by finding an alternative end-of-life strategy for mixed plastic waste. Stakeholders include CEO Jürgen Pfister, who owns 24% of the company; CFO Andreas Nold, who owns 21%; German... read more.
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Purecycle
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polypropylene waste to regranulates

The company was started by former Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson after he worked with a group called Innventure, which identifies and commercializes the promising unused intellectual property of large companies; it licensed a solvent-based recycling method from Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2015. It is ... read more.
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Xyleco
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

While Xyleco has been on Lux's radar for a few years due to its immense patent portfolio (see below), there was little evidence of commercialization until it came into the spotlight thanks to a "60 Minutes" feature on January 6, 2019 filled with unsubstantiated claims. Although its website had ... read more.

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Advonex
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Catalytically converts triglycerides to a mixture of base oils, silicone replacements, and other hydrocarbon products

Catalytically converts oils, fats, and greases to a mixture of hydrocabon products, including group III/IV base oils, paraffin wax, silicone replacements, mineral oil, and a small percentage of diesel and glycerol; claims there are few competing silicone replacements in the cosmetic industry and its... read more.
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Victrex 1
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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

A clear leader and market pioneer in the global polyetheretherketone (PEEK) industry, with major applications in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, consumer electronics, and medical devices  Improved its already impressive financial standing with respect to growth as well as liquidity and solvency ... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

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January 17, 2019

Launched eight new products in 2017, among them enzymes for laundry detergents, starch production, and ethanol production and an isoflavonoid for enhanced microbial growth in soil Annual growth has slowed, with average annual growth decreasing from 9% to 6% over the past five years, and liquidity ... read more.

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Rigetti computing
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2019

Quantum computing with superconducting circuits

Develops superconducting circuit quantum computer (QC) processors and offers access to them via a cloud platform Claims differentiation from other general-purpose QC competitors like IBM and Google in two areas: the number of qubits in its chipset and the hybrid classical-quantum capabilities of its... read more.
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Valarm
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Venkatesh Konanur

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

January 17, 2019

The company was started by CEO Lorenzo Gonazlez, Edward Pultar, and Pawel Sasik; Valarm has not disclosed any of its funding details. The company is a developer of connected water and air quality systems that provide users with alerts on damage events like forest fires and flooding. Valarm uses a ... read more.
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Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Regional BBMC Trends

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will explore bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) trends globally and analyze how regulations are impacting technology development and adoption.

Genomics in agriculture

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Big data in agriculture was initially synonymous with "precision agriculture," however the rise of genomics and other informatics tools are fundamentally changing the roles DNA and data play in agriculture. (This report will be the first of a "Genomics in X" series, building on the "Power of DNA" report/webinar)

Electronic Materials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2019

Materials innovation is driving the next wave of electronic devices, from flexible displays to ubiquitous sensors. We will survey the electronic materials innovation landscape to understand what materials will enable these devices, and when the materials will be ready for market.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Pinching the Funnel: How China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation Makes it a Global Force

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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?

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

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

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

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.

The Market Opportunity for Flexible Displays

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

Flexible displays have been an emerging opportunity for over a decade, but have yet to achieve significant traction. In this report, we'll explore the state of the flexible displays market, how the technology's challenges can be overcome to enable widespread adoption, and how clients should participate in the flexible displays value chain.