The Lux Research Blog

Identifying Materials Opportunities in Asia’s Evolving Health and Wellness Landscape

We explore how healthcare and the agrifood system in Asia will be driven by digital technologies to become more personalized, more responsive, and more predictive, and what opportunities that creates for materials and chemicals companies.

Venture capitalists are chasing cleantech unicorns, but will they just create another Solyndra?

With Uber's and Lyft's recent IPOs, the discussion of valuations and the coveted unicorn label is making the rounds in the innovation circle again.

5 Emerging technologies for the aging population

Aging-in-place solutions look to support graceful and comfortable aging in familiar surroundings with near term opportunities. There are at least five different digital technologies today that are already finding use cases to support aging-in-place:

#LuxTake: Emerging Challenges & Solutions in AI

In this blog, we will share our #LuxTake on the challenges and emerging solutions in AI. Emerging tools can solve some challenges in implementing AI; however, technology readiness varies greatly. 

Will Tesla Ever Make Money?

Elon Musk's vision for Tesla may not have included profitability when it was founded, its existence is now threatened by its inability to make money.

The Best Time to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy Is Now

The time is now to form a materials informatics (MI) strategy. MI sits at the center of materials innovation, and because of its datacentric nature, whoever invests in it first will gain a significant advantage after overcoming the steep learning curve.

Lux Research Establishes AI's Role in Unleashing Intelligent Sensing

Lux's new report includes a detailed look at market & technology drivers for AI-defined sensors, top use cases & key players by vertical market, & a heat map tracking adoption of sensors across industries.  

Navigating the ai hype: an outcome-focused framework

Companies and decision makers need to be wary about the hype surrounding AI and learn how to best approach artificial intelligence.

LES Global 2019 Highlights: Arij van Berkel

Our Research Director Arij Van Berkel  kicked off this year's Lux Executive Summit Global with the topic of Innovating Innovation, Re-evaluating Roles, Process, and Results.

Is the Food Industry Moving Beyond Meat?

Alternative protein investment, innovation momentum, & product sales are on the rise, but it’s still a difficult space for companies to navigate. Those wishing to maneuver in the alternative protein space need a thoughtful approach.

Speed up your digital health strategy today – your healthcare regulators already are!

Healthcare regulators have been reviewing & revising their guidelines on how to better enable health technology developers to pursue innovation, without having regulations hamper progress.

ENABLING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

We define a circular economy as converting waste to either a virgin-quality feedstock or another higher-value product. In our recent report, we detail the challenges and opportunities in converting waste to fuels, chemicals, materials, feed, fertilizer, food, cellulose pulp, and carbon black.

How Made in China 2025 will influence the material and chemical industry

Since its launch in 2015, China's strategic plan Made in China 2025 has gathered attention around the globe. It represents China's ambition to shift from the world's factory for cheap and low-quality products to the world's provider of higher-value-added products and services. 

The Final Frontier: Unlocking the Potential of the Commercial Spaceflight Industry

Organizations like Bank of America and Merril Lynch think the potential space market could grow to around $3 trillion USD in the next 20 years. With growth of this size, there is a huge opportunity for new materials and technologies. 

What You Need to Know About Blockchain

While many companies are anxious to implement blockchain, few actually understand the true benefits of blockchain, where it should be used, or what type of blockchain implementation to adopt.

Lux Executive Summit 2019: Speakers Announced

Organizations today face mounting pressure to demonstrate stronger results from their innovation efforts. Now is the time to reassess the methodology behind your innovation processes. 

Biodegradation, Biocomposites, and the Future of Bioplastics in Southeast Asia

Lux recently had the opportunity to give the opening speech at this year's Bioplastics Market Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Lux Executive Summit 2019: Start-Up Showcase Announced

This year's conference will take place over two days in Boston, bringing together executives and global industry thought leaders to discuss best practices for staying on the cutting edge, and experience unparalleled networking opportunities that build the relationships needed to thrive.

Tesla Staggers, Nio Pivots; No Easy Road to EV Mass Adoption

The promise of cheap and convenient electric transportation is shaping up to be more difficult than even the EV leaders realize. 

Hydrogen’s Role in Our Future

The future of a hydrogen economy has long been tied to the transportation sector, where electric vehicles, by far, overtook fuel cell vehicles. Here at Lux, we believe that the roadmap for achieving a hydrogen economy runs through the industrial sector.

Keeping Up with the Top of the Lux 299 Leaderboard

Our clients frequently ask what emerging technologies should be on their radars – and to help answer that on a continuous basis, we recently launched our Lux 299 Top Innovations leaderboard. 

Xyleco: The Next Bio-Based Scam Looking to Cash in on the Sustainability Craze

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 recently came into the spotlight. 

Automotive Battery Trends: Incremental Innovations Featured Heavily at the AABC Europe 2019

This year's AABC Europe conference saw a change in location, moving from Germany to France. As always, the conference was a must-attend event due to the high quality of speakers and the balance of technical and market discussions.

China's Booming AI Industry: What You Need to Know

Not only is China gearing up to lead innovation in fundamental AI technologies but is also rapidly implementing AI in the marketplace. Clearly, this offers significant opportunities as well as poses challenges

Real Tech: Capturing Emerging Innovation Opportunities in Climate and Sustainability

After analyzing thousands of questions submitted to us, and key initiatives shared by hundreds of innovation executives we concur that the climate and sustainability megatrend is a top priority for the world’s largest companies. 

How Ingredient Informatics Are Revolutionizing The Way We Develop Foods

Something we have been talking about at Lux lately is converting weak signals into strong insights. Recently, one space those weak signals have been culminating in is what we call "ingredient informatics" (analogous to materials informatics).

Startup Consolidation Imminent Despite Another Record-Breaking Year for Electric Mobility Investment

Electric mobility venture funding had another record year in 2018, during which Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) and electric scooter startups raised hundreds of millions in funding and achieved billion-dollar valuations at breakneck speeds.

Single-Use Disposable Cups Are Stacking Up Critics – What's Next?

Single-use paper cups are becoming a growing target of public scrutiny. Large brands that rely on these disposable items, namely fast food joints and coffee shops, have larger environmental concerns with their resource-intensive international supply networks; however, there is no denying that cups are one of the most frequent reminders of a brand’s name.

Emerging Opportunities in the Alternative Proteins Space

The alternative proteins space has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The consumption of traditional protein sources like meat and seafood has declined, and multiple drivers are encouraging the development of alternative protein sources.

Three Crucial Questions Answered By Deep Tech Experts

We recently presented a webinar on our report “19 for 2019: Top Transformational Technologies Re-shaping the World” to more than 1,300 innovation executives, and we received a lot of thought-provoking questions. 

The Periodic Table of Digital Innovations for the Chemical Industry

We are frequently asked by clients at chemical and material companies what major digital innovations are poised to affect their industry, and we have highlighted four of the most critical digital trends and discussed their impact on the industry's business model.

Applications of Blockchain

Blockchain has a ton of hype, in part due to its link to cryptocurrencies and the hype around them, which has resulted in investments in blockchain reaching an all-time high of more than $12 billion in 2018 and use cases for blockchain sprouting like weeds

What Happens When Digital Transformation Hits Your Industry

There is general agreement that digital transformation is important, but few agree on what it means, particularly for traditional, nondigital industries like energy, automotive, food, and healthcare and their supply chains. 

3 Ways to Form a Materials Informatics Strategy

In recent years, materials informatics (MI) has been evolving into the next secret weapon for materials discovery.