Lux Research Releases Top 10 Innovative Companies Profiled in Q1 2013

  Lux Research Releases Top 10 Innovative Companies Profiled in Q1 2013

Promising new emerging technologies for improving water quality, finding oil &
 gas leaks, and making in vitro meat and leather highlight Lux Research’s Q1
                                  2013 list

Business Wire

BOSTON -- April 02, 2013

Leading emerging technology research firm Lux Research profiled 380 companies
across 16 different emerging technology domains in the first quarter of 2013
as part of its ongoing intelligence services. Drawing on the deep domain
expertise of its analysts, Lux Research uses primary research to provide
detailed information and critical analysis of firms developing emerging
technologies that are poised to impact global megatrends like sustainable
energy and infrastructure, sustainable health and wellness, and materials

Each quarter the Lux Research team of analysts identifies the 10 most
compelling companies profiled across all its coverage areas. Each firm gets a
“Lux Take” that ranges from “Strong Caution” to “Strong Positive,” to provide
a bottom-line assessment of its prospect, with a “Wait and See” rating for
companies that still face too much uncertainty for a definitive call. The top
10 from Q1 2013 are:

1. Alvim – Positive – Water
This early-stage company provides sensors that warn industrial and municipal
operators when critical biocide processes are out of control. With little
direct competition, it should see rapid adoption by industries that have
previously counted on indirect measures of safety.

2. EnerG2 – Positive – Mobile Energy
One of the few nanostructured electrode material startups making progress
towards mass-production, EnerG2 has opened a new facility, raised significant
funding, and is expanding application areas.

3. Carbolosic – Wait and see – Alternative Fuels, Bio-based Materials and
In a field, cellulosic biofuels, that’s littered by expensive failures,
early-stage Carbolosic is developing a mechanocatalytic conversion of biomass
to sugars without enzymes or acid.

4. Synodon – Positive – Exploration and Production
With a sensor technology that can quantify and trace the source of leaks in
difficult terrains, Synodon performs aerial detection of hydrocarbon leaks
from refineries and pipelines, and has amassed an impressive customer list
including Suncor, EnCana, ConocoPhillips, and Enbridge.

5. Novaled – Positive – Printed, Flexible, and Organic Electronics
Through its exclusive agreement with Samsung Display, Novaled supplies more
than 95% of the OLED display market through 2017 and is looking to raise $200
million for its IPO.

6. Zep Solar – Positive – Solar Systems
In an incumbent-heavy market, Zep’s differentiated model of partnering with
module manufacturers for frame design (and racking installation) has gained
significant market share lately, and is currently deployed by some of the top
installers in the U.S.

7. The NanoSteel Company – Positive – Advanced Materials
A combination of high strength and high elongation puts NanoSteel’s advanced
steel alloy performance top-of-class, and its GM partnership is a positive
indicator of commercialization mettle in the automotive industry.

8. Modern Meadow – Wait and See – Formulation and Delivery
As a front runner in the field of consumer cell-based materials, Modern Meadow
constructs engineered leather with tunable characteristics such as suppleness,
color, grain, anti-odor, and anti-microbial properties. Next on its agenda:
3D-printed engineered meat.

9. Enlighted – Positive – Efficient Building Systems
In the crowded space of smart lighting systems for existing buildings,
Enlighted combines a unique algorithm and integrated sensor – with occupancy,
temperature, and luminosity readings – to independently manage light levels,
generating 50% to 70% energy savings.

10. Intermolecular – Positive – Solar Components
A high productivity combinatorial platform for accelerated R&D has placed
Intermolecular in the top 10 IP generators for semiconductor manufacturing.
It’s actively involved with the world’s leading thin-film PV module
manufacturer, First Solar, for technology development.

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