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Is there a 3D Printing Industry?

The answer to this question is no because there is no "industry" called 3D printing. Media articles should refer to the "3D printing space" or the “3D printing market” as opposed to the “3D printing industry”. This is because no standard industry classifications currently exist for 3D printing. The classification of a company is relevant since companies in the same sector behave in a similar fashion and therefore will have correlated returns. A common way to classify companies by their primary business activity is to use the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).  GICS uses a 4 level structure to classify companies; Sector (10), Industry Group (24), Industry (68), and Sub-Industry (154), and is the principal method of classification used in the investment community. Another classification is called the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), which among other things is used by the SEC to determine the [...]

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Will SolarBridge Micro-inverters Challenge Enphase?

When building a photovoltaic system that can capture solar power, one key piece of equipment needed is an inverter to transform the DC power generated by the solar panels to AC power which can then be used by ordinary household appliances or fed back into the electrical grid. Previously we highlighted SolarEdge, a company that sells a single conventional inverter which can be used by multiple solar panels. An alternative approach to using a single conventional inverter is to instead attach a mini-inverter to each solar panel.  Each method has its advantages and disadvantages as highlighted in this article published by Green Tech Media. One startup which is betting on the micro-inverter method is SolarBridge.       About Austin based SolarBridge Technologies was founded in 2004 to commercialize power electronics technologies created at the University of Illinois. In 2009, the company [...]

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CRISPR Genome Editing from Editas

Dr. George Church, is a Professor of Genetics at Harvard and widely considered to be a pioneer in synthetic biology. In previous articles we have highlighted companies he is involved in including genome interpretation company Knome which he co-founded and Joule, a synthetic biology company producing diesel fuel and ethanol directly from sunlight, where he sits as a technical adviser. Another company in which George Church co-founded, Editas, has recently started coming out of stealth mode and is looking to edit, remove or fix genes in human cells.       About Founded in 2013, Boston based Editas has taken in $43 million in Series A venture capital financing led by leading health care venture capital firms Flagship Ventures, Polaris Partners and Third Rock Ventures with participation from Partners Innovation Fund. Editas was founded by five world leaders in the fields of genome editing, [...]

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Will SolarBridge Micro-inverters Challenge Enphase?

When building a photovoltaic system that can capture solar power, one key piece of equipment needed is an inverter to transform the DC power generated by the solar panels to AC power which can then be used by ordinary household appliances or fed back into the electrical grid. Previously we highlighted SolarEdge, a company that sells a single conventional inverter which can be used by multiple solar panels. An alternative approach to using a single conventional inverter is to instead attach a mini-inverter to each solar panel.  Each method has its advantages and disadvantages as highlighted in this article published by Green Tech Media. One startup which is betting on the micro-inverter method is SolarBridge.       About Austin based SolarBridge Technologies was founded in 2004 to commercialize power electronics technologies created at the University of Illinois. In 2009, the company [...]

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Focus Graphite Provides Little Exposure to Graphene

In a previous article we mentioned how publicly traded investments in graphene are limited, although recently we have seen several graphene IPOs on AIM; Haydale (LON:HAYD) and Applied Graphene Materials (LON:AGM). We also discussed how some junior graphite mining companies are attaching themselves to the graphene story. One graphite exploration company with no revenues, Focus Graphite (OTCMKTS:FCSMF), has been attached to the graphene story since 2012 via their investment in privately held Grafoid.       About On September 9, 2011, Grafoid Inc. was incorporated. The Graphoid website does not make mention of company leadership but a fact sheet on the website lists Gary Economo as the CEO and co-founder of Grafoid. Gary Economo is also stated to be the CEO of Focus Graphite as seen in this November 2013 investor presentation providing a whole new dimension to the relationship between [...]

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CRISPR Genome Editing from Editas

Dr. George Church, is a Professor of Genetics at Harvard and widely considered to be a pioneer in synthetic biology. In previous articles we have highlighted companies he is involved in including genome interpretation company Knome which he co-founded and Joule, a synthetic [...]

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Graphene Company Haydale Debuts IPO on AIM

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