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COVID-19 will finally close the door on U.S. coal despite Trump's America First Energy Plan
Singapore-based ABM Respiratory Care launches remote-managed "tele-ventilator" in the fight against COVID-19
Danielle Bradnan, Research Associate | @DBradnan
Lux Take: Very Important
"Much has been made of ventilator shortages in fighting COVID-19; however, a lack of skilled respiratory staff continues to place an overwhelming burden on the current staff. While telehealth is often perceived as video conferencing for patients to receive care from their homes, prior to COVID-19, one of its strongest value propositions was being able to provide remote specialist care in-hospital. The tele-ventilator, sold under the name BiWaze Ion, will reduce the enormous pressure seen on respiratory care specialists in the fight against COVID-19. Companies newly interested in telehealth should be looking beyond home-based care and at the rich opportunities available in the clinical setting."
Fiat Chrysler supplies custom vehicles to autonomous vehicle startup Voyage
U.S. Department of Energy announces $27 million for advanced nuclear reactor operation and maintenance technology
Axalta's antimicrobial coatings to be applied to COVID-19 hospital beds in Chicago
Tiffany Hua, Research Associate | @tiff_hua
Lux Take: Average Importance
"While antimicrobial solutions are being deployed in healthcare to manage the spread of COVID-19, there is still a lack of validation that these technologies will be effective against the virus long-term. Axalta's Alesta AM silver-based powder coatings will inhibit bacterial growth; however, there are no claims made against the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, the company makes no public health claims, stating that its "antimicrobial protection is limited to the coating itself, and does not protect against disease-causing bacteria, viruses, germs, or other disease-causing organisms." Companies should be aware that some of these antimicrobial coatings are not antiviral and not effective against COVID-19 by themselves."
Perfect Day launches first co-branded product with San Francisco-based Smitten Ice Cream
DSM invests in plant-derived functional ingredients company Phynova
"Building on a distribution agreement with Phynova in 2019, DSM led the €10 million investment in the Oxford-based company, which makes functional ingredients derived from plants. Phynova will use this funding to scale its mulberry leaf-derived ingredient "Reducose," which regulates blood glucose levels by reducing the impact of high-glycemic sugars. Phynova sells Reducose both as a supplement and as an ingredient for functional food and beverage products. As functional ingredients gain momentum, clients should explore offerings from developers employing traditional discovery methods as well as those from emerging startups like Brightseed that use an ingredient informatics-based approach to uncover novel functional phytonutrients."