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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

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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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Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will examine the theoretical advantages of industrial fermentation (scale independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing; flexible production) and reasons for 2018 setbacks. It will examine the continued shift towards high margin products.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.