Michael Holman is VP of Intelligence at Lux Research, helping to lead a research team that assists clients, primarily large global corporations, with identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities in emerging technology areas by providing market and technology insight and analysis. He also runs Lux Research’s work on benchmarks and best practices in technology scouting and open innovation, and its research on corporate venture capital, advising clients on how they can better run and organize their innovation programs.
In his role as VP, Digital Products, Kevin is responsible for the development and deployment of technologies to support research products within Lux, and for providing solutions externally to clients in the digital space. During his career at Lux, he has managed multiple teams in the energy space before launching research areas in robotics, sensors, and the Internet of Things, ultimately leading to managing a broader research program around Digital Transformation.
He and his teams develop digital tools to enhance Lux’s research processes and offerings, as well as provide strategic advice to a global client base regarding new business opportunities for emerging technologies and business models in the digital space. In addition, he has led and conducted studies around best practices in open innovation and technology scouting. He also has been cited frequently in the press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been an invited speaker at conferences across the globe.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Kevin was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and The University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity.
Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles in leading journals on subjects including nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics. He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.
Kevin leads our dedicated team of expert consultants that help top executives in the Innovation 1000 make critical decisions about markets, technologies, and strategy to better position existing businesses for growth and to launch new businesses wisely. Kevin and his team help our many clients size and prioritize addressable markets, correctly interpret the competitive landscape, anticipate disruptive technologies and companies, and develop sound go-to-market and business development strategies.
Kevin has more than 20 years of industry experience in the healthcare IT, biotechnology, and market intelligence industries. Previously he served as VP of Advisory Services at Decision Resources, a leading pharmaceutical market research and intelligence company.
Kevin holds bachelor degrees in Genetics and Molecular Biology from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Harvard University and his MBA from Bentley University. He has authored more than 20 primary publications in leading research journals and a number of patents in the areas of growth factors and stem cells. He has presented and chaired discussion panels, including the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Business.
Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.
He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.
Cosmin earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Auckland, where he engineered a new scanning probe microscope, and authored 20 scientific publications and reviews. He also holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto, which focused in part on physics, mathematics, and computer science.
Arij van Berkel joined Lux in the Amsterdam office in 2015 and currently oversees the Intelligent Buildings Intelligence and the Sustainable Building Materials Intelligence practices. He and his team provide strategic insights in innovation for the building and construction sector ranging from smart cities to new insulation and construction materials.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. Just before joining Lux, Arij held the position of Director Chemical Industry at TNO, responsible for all projects and interactions with the Dutch and EU governments related to the chemical industry.
Arij holds an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. in biomass gasification from Eindhoven University in The Netherlands.
As Research Director at Lux Research, Ross runs global research practices in materials, manufacturing, sustainability, and corporate strategy-related verticals. Ross leads Lux’s Accelerating Materials Innovation research group, managing teams of analysts responsible for providing technology scouting, strategic advice, and advanced analytics on disruptive technologies across consumer products, mobility, healthcare, electronics, and energy applications.
Sara Olson is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Life Sciences, leading the Agro Innovation and Food and Nutrition teams. In this role she monitors and evaluates opportunities coming from technology areas like advanced crop protection, functional foods and ingredients, precision agriculture, and food processing technologies. Sara’s responsibilities include helping clients with questions regarding the diverse regulatory pressures affecting the agri-food industries and developing strategies to drive innovation across the agriculture and food value chains.
Sara has a decade of experience in crop genetics and biochemistry. She has led research teams focusing on quantitative functional genomics of crop plants with implications for advancing nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance, and biomass generation in both food and fuel-generation applications. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has authored multiple primary publications in major journals on topics including genomics, phenomics, and crop protection. Sara holds a B.S. with honors in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.
Katrina Westerhof is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research who leads the Distributed Generation and Solar practices, where she advises clients on emerging developments related to distributed energy resources. Katrina’s research and analysis focuses on the evolution of the grid, including technologies for distributed power generation, grid integration, financing structures, changing utility business models, and microgrids. Katrina has previously supported clients as a member of Lux’s consulting team, leading custom projects to identify and evaluate opportunities, build business cases, and assess partnership candidates, among other topics.
Prior to joining Lux, Katrina was a strategist and engineer for a small energy startup, where she led the development of a novel petroleum processing facility that outperforms traditional plants in economics, safety, and reliability. Additionally, Katrina has deep experience in manufacturing processes and operational excellence in the oil & gas and coatings industries, including on-site work in the Canadian oil sands as an operations consultant. She has also contributed to the development of a polymeric nanoparticle drug delivery system, a food-grade pigment produced in yeast, and a protein polymer hydrogel for tissue scaffolding.
Yuan-Sheng Yu is a Senior Analyst based in Lux Research’s Singapore office. He leads Lux’s Asia-Pacific research initiative, providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging technologies in energy, health and life sciences, chemicals and materials, and digital transformation. He works with Global 1000 clients in implementing innovation strategies, identifying emerging opportunities, and explores strategic partnerships focusing on bridging business objectives with high-potential, disruptive technologies.
In addition, Yuan-Sheng leads the Alternative Fuels Intelligence team and supports Lux’s research on the global energy transition. He identifies key drivers, such as policy influences and societal transitions, to determine the impact they have on the economic feasibility and capabilities of emerging technologies.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Yuan-Sheng conducted research at The University of Georgia on bioenergy with funding from the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Yuan-Sheng holds a M.S. in Forestry from The University of Georgia and a B.S. in Microbial Biology from The University of California, Berkeley.
As a Senior Consultant at Lux Research, Samhitha’s contributions in advisory projects have facilitated commercialization of technologies in advanced building materials, nanomaterials manufacturing processes, building-integrated photovoltaics, novel drug-delivery technologies, and nano-catalysts, to name a few. Prior to her consulting work at Lux Research, Samhitha was a major contributor to the Biosciences Intelligence team, where she has conducted extensive primary and secondary research in biofuels, biomaterials, targeted delivery, synthetic biology, and other areas of emerging biosciences.
Samhitha joined the Lux Research team from University of Pennsylvania where she co-designed a diagnostic instrument that measures torque and range-of-motion of rotator cuff muscles in patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain (patent pending).
Samhitha holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.