What do bananas, citrus, coffee, and cocoa have in common? A few things actually, all of these crops are huge contributors to the global agriculture, food, and beverage industries, they are primarily grown in developing countries, each crop faces impending threats of disease and environmental stress, and all of these crops could learn a few things from the papaya.
Farmers have always selectively bred their crops for the most desirable and hearty traits. This process used to take years even decades to yield genetically superior fruits and vegetables, but now just when the technology and the need have reached a tipping point – the tide of public opinion has squelched the ability of farmers and geneticists to save their crops.
Biometrics are gaining in popularity, from the standardization of fingerprint sensors in smartphones, to use of facial recognition in airports. While the hype today is in those two markets, there is still a lot of interest and activity in other spaces including the health sector. In the health sector, biometrics add new valuable use cases including improving identification of the patient, which leads to better access control, better clinical trial studies, and improved medication adherence. Below we go into depth of these three use cases to show the value of biometrics in the health space. Continue reading →
Telehealth regulation has become a trending topic since U.S. legislators introduced the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017, but internationally, governments are taking mixed positions on regulation. Telehealth has grown in the past decade into a global industry that extends care across borders, and is driving innovation in areas like triage and disease management. Yet despite its proliferation, national policy remains disjointed and poses a major hurdle across the industry. Continue reading →
Using our News Commentary feature (client registration required), Lux Research analysts have been tracking the energy storage space with unprecedented detail, covering more than 300 chosen individual developments during the past half year. These innovation-related events span from partnerships and investments to new research and new factories, and include information about the companies involved and our own takes on the developments. While this set of coverage is not meant to include every single development, it does capture much of what Lux analysts think is worth considering. The full dataset is available to Lux members to explore here, by clicking the News tab’s Energy Storage filter (client registration required), which includes interactive versions of the visualizations shown below. To help extract insights from this wealth of data, in this summary we analyze the trends that have emerged out of this in-depth coverage of how the energy storage landscape looks like in 2017 thus far, using the following heat map:
Advances in membrane technology provide one of the most promising areas in water and wastewater treatment today. While the brackish and seawater desalination market has seen a rapid uptake in membrane technology in the past, using membranes for treatment and advanced separations has now become more common across municipal and industrial markets. Membranes are passive elements that provide a barrier against contaminants, but a key advantage that technology providers are trying to exploit today is their ability to provide an alternative to high-energy separations such as distillation, for instance, to separate salts, concentrate brine, or dehydrate solvents. A good example of this is the desalination market, where thermal desalination capacity has seen a steady decline in comparison to membrane-based technologies that dominate with over 62% of the market. Continue reading →
Selective laser sintering is a powder bed printing technology that raster’s a laser over a bed of very fine plastic powder and sinters it to produce individual part layers. To see what this long-standing technology’s outlook is, our analysts have taken a comparative look at the SLS system provider and materials landscape. Continue reading →
Earlier this week, healthcare IT firm Change Healthcare became the newest member of the Hashed Health Blockchain Consortium, a distributed ledger consortium whose goal is to advance the use of blockchain protocols in healthcare. The expansion of this group and the quest for the establishment of standards for implementation of blockchain in healthcare are not surprising – the last year has witnessed a sharp uptick in developers looking to bring blockchain to the industry. However, while the number of companies starting to apply blockchain – a distributed ledger technology that claims to offer several benefits over traditional databases, such as improved trustworthiness and automated smart contracts – to healthcare is growing, and while there certainly is a lot of hype surrounding this activity, there still remains confusion on the specific challenges these companies are looking to tackle and on the value they promise to deliver. In the table below, we synthesize currently sought-after use cases for blockchain in health, outline tech developers’ claims, and highlight players in each solution category.
Reducing and substituting for sucrose has been the heartache of food and beverage companies for the past few decades. There are many products trying to do what sugar does, but landing slightly left of ideal, at best. Sugar possesses unique properties in combination that are difficult to replicate with just one product. We have grouped sugar substitutes into categories of origin. Each replacement category includes a variety of options for sweeteners and comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading →