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Will Sigma Labs Finally Deliver on Their Promises?

        In past articles we discussed an over-the-counter (OTC) 3D Printing company called Sigma Labs (OTCMKTS:SGLB), a company that while popular among 3D Printing speculators, has shown many red flags over time. In particular, the company announced marketing and partnership agreements with entities of which no information could be found, sold 22% of the company for just $1.2 million, and engaged in marketing services with unknown entities. Since our last article on Sigma Labs (OTCMKTS:SGLB) which was over a year ago, not much seems to have happened in the way of commercializing their technology. According to last week's 10Q, consulting revenues have fallen -51% for the first 6 months of 2014 compared to the same period in the year prior. The Company is also planning to purchase a $724,000 3D Printer from EOS which the company says will allow them to "now enter a new manufacturing [...]

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Imergy’s Success in Vanadium Flow Batteries

With renewable energy sources such as wind and solar becoming more economically viable, the need for large-scale energy storage is expected to grow dramatically in the next 5 years. While storing energy doesn't sound like a very sexy investment, the staggering growth forecasts by Lux Research for grid energy storage should draw the attention of any investor: The above numbers show an average year-on-year growth of 169% with the total global market for energy storage to exceed $113 billion by 2017. Just to put this growth into perspective, if you were a small startup today managing to capture just 1% of the grid energy storage market, you would be realizing yearly revenues of about 20 million. If you were able to grow revenues at the same rate as the market grows, in just 3 years you would have revenues of $1.13 billion dollars still at just 1% of total market share. Imagine the revenue growth if you could also [...]

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Dermtech Offers A Simple Way to Detect Melanoma

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and therefore not surprisingly, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Skin cancers can be cured easily if they are found early on. The problem is that they cannot be diagnosed visually as the below example shows: Since visual diagnosis is not an option to test for skin cancer, a biopsy would need to be performed instead. A  shave, punch or excision of the skin is needed, and these invasive methods are painful and can result in complications such as scarring. The process is not appealing to patients and therefore they are not likely to ask for a biopsy for every suspicious skin pigment change on their bodies. One company, Dermtech, is looking to provide patients with a quick and painless way to diagnose skin cancer with perfect accuracy using adhesive [...]

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Sapphire Smartphone Screens from GT Advanced Technologies

Synthetic sapphire is a very unique material that is created by heating aluminum oxide to almost 4000°F until the powder melts and it can then be formed into a single crystal. The resulting product is second in hardness only to a diamond and incredibly transparent. Sapphire has been historically expensive to produce, so applications have been limited to include airplane windows, LEDs, and scratch resistant watch covers. Over the next 5 years though, the market for sapphire is expected to grow from under $1 billion dollars to over $5 billion, a compound annual growth (CAGR) of +50%: While the majority of the current market for sapphire is for LEDs, this application area is not expected to grow much while non-LED applications such as consumer electronics are expected to drive most of the growth. One company is soon to become the undisputed global leader in the production of sapphire. GT Advanced Technologies is [...]

A Closer Look at 2 Lux Nanotech Companies

In a recent article, we examined the constituents of the Lux Nanotech Index in an attempt to determine why the overall index performed so poorly, and more importantly to determine in any of the index members merit a second look today. The first step we took was to eliminate all companies that did not exceed the returns of the NASDAQ over the past ten years. The reasoning for this was that if a company is truly utilizing nanotechnology in a disruptive manner, then over the course of ten years they should provide superior returns. Ten years is certainly a long enough horizon to begin realizing a competitive advantage. We also removed any companies that overlapped with the Merrill Lynch Nanotechnology index that we analyzed in an earlier article. After applying these screens, we were left with 5 companies that showed superior returns over the past 10 years as seen below: 5-Year Return Market Cap [...]

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A Closer Look at 2 Lux Nanotech Companies

In a recent article, we examined the constituents of the Lux Nanotech Index in an attempt to determine why the overall index performed so poorly, and more importantly to determine in any of the index members merit a second look today. The first step we took was to eliminate [...]

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MDxHealth Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsies

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes. It is estimated that there are more than 2.5 million [...]

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Is Graphene 3D Labs a $40 Million Company?

In a recent article we talked about Lomiko Metals (CVE:LMR), a junior graphite miner that intends to supply graphene for “graphite 3D printing” to Graphene 3D Lab, a company of which they recently acquired a 15% interest in for $50,000. With both graphene and 3D printing [...]

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Cientifica: A Graphene Investing Company?

In 2002, a company called Cientifica published the first edition of ‘The Nanotechnology Opportunity Report’, described by NASA as “the defining report in the field of nanotechnology.” Part of the report contained a 240-page directory volume profiling the 455 public and [...]