2018 Top 50 Emerging Technologies: Spawning Growth Opportunities of Strategic Imperative

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The Top 50 Emerging Technologies research is a comprehensive analysis of the most disruptive technologies that will impact multiple industries, applications, and regions. This extraordinary and comprehensive research will deliver strategic guidance and actionable ideas on the hottest technologies that pack maximum potential to fuel global innovation and drive commercial growth. The convergence of several of these 50 technologies will open up unprecedented opportunities for new revenue models and spawn next generation of innovative products and services. This research emphasizes several imminent growth opportunities of strategic imperative embedded in the following nine technology clusters - Microelectronics, Information and Communication Technologies, Health and Wellness, Medical Devices

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
Chemicals and Advanced Materials
Environment and Sustainability
Energy and Utilities
Health and Wellness
Information and Communication Technologies
Medical Devices and Imaging
Microelectronics
Sensors and Instrumentation
2. Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
Cognitive Manufacturing
Artificial Intelligence enables Developments in Cognitive Manufacturing
Human Collaboration, Machine Learning, Cognitive Insights, and Autonomous Capabilities Drive Growth
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are Key Research Focus Areas
Government Initiatives Boost Industrial Automation
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Collaboration Strategy is Accelerating Commercialization Activities
Oil and Gas, Food and Beverages, Healthcare, Automotive, Aerospace and Defense are High Growth Sectors
Collaborative Robots
Collaborative Robots will Disrupt the Manufacturing Industry
Low Cost, Ease of Installation, and Increased Flexibility Drive Adoption
China’s Efforts to Lead in Robotics is Evident through Patent Publication Rate
Government Agencies are Boosting Technology Development
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Korea Leads the Percentage of Robot Installation Globally
Manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture, Law Enforcement, and Healthcare are High Impact Markets
Hybrid Manufacturing
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Unmet Needs, Drivers, and Challenges
Steady Growth in Multi-materials Manufacturing is a Key Focus Area for Patent Filing
Increase EU Government Funding towards Developing Implants using Hybrid Machines
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Aerospace is the Key Market for Hybrid Manufacturing
Aerospace, Oil Field Sectors have High Growth Opportunity
Metal 3D Printing
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Cost and Material Selection are Key Factors Driving Adoption
Larger Patent Base for Ti and Ni for Near-Net Shape Printing
Increase in Seed Funding to Develop Cost-Effective Metal Parts for Aerospace Applications
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Cost-effective Powdered Metal Materials are Gaining Increased Interest
Aerospace, Industrial, Medical, and Automotive are High Growth Markets
Nanofabrication
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Customization is a Key Feature Accelerating Adoption
Nano Systems and Nano-robots are Garnering Increased Interest from Multiple Stakeholders
Market Potential – Healthcare and Electronics will Drive Growth
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Scalability is a Key Aspect for Government Agencies to Drive Development and Adoption
Self-repairing Structures, Metalmaterials, and Flexible Electronics are High Impact Applications
3. Chemicals and Advanced Materials
Advanced Encapsulation
Higher Stability of Active Ingredients Aids Optimization
Market is Set to Gain Traction Globally in the Next Five Years
Private and Public Funding Scenario is Witnessed Across Regions
Food and Pharmaceutical Markets Lead in Adoption, while Agriculture and Energy Sectors are Emerging
Stakeholders Activities Spread Across a Wide Range of Application Sectors
Improving Scalability and Durability of the Shell Material is Vital for Increasing Adoption
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
E-glass
Controllable Glass Systems Provide an Interactive Environment for Customer Comfort
Adoption Driven by Favorable Government Regulations and Increasing Awareness on Energy Efficiency
US and China Dominate IP Filings While Funding is Targeted Towards Window Module Development
Highest Demand in Automotive and Building and Construction, while Healthcare and Education are Niche Markets
Companies Focus on Lowering Switching Time and Providing Additional Functional Features
Technology Development Focused on Entirely Self-regulating Surfaces with Minimal Maintenance Needs
Key Questions for Strategic Planning
Intelligent Packaging
Need for Packaging that Increases Security and Consumer Engagement
Rapid advances in Sensors, Electronics, and Analytics are Propelling Competitiveness
Technology Development is Gaining Traction Owing to Internal and Private Funding
FMCG, Electronics, Food and Beverages, and Pharmaceuticals Sectors have Well-established platforms
Stakeholders Focus on Novel Material Innovations and Integration of Advanced Electronics with Cloud Technologies
Collaboration and Partnerships are Key to Expanding Manufacturing and Service Capabilities
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Nanohybrids
Nano-scale Components that Impart Multi-functionality Characteristics to End-Products
North America is the Front-runner in Adoption with Major Focus on Carbon Nanotubes
China Leads in IP Filings while Government Agencies Act as Key Funding Sources
Healthcare, Automotive, and Electronics Industries are High Impact Sectors
Innovations Spread across Nanomaterials, Nanocoatings, Nanoparticles, and Nanohybrids
Construction, Healthcare, and Energy are Emerging Applications over the next Five Years
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Self-healing Materials
Materials Facilitating Development of Products with Long Lifespan and Tunable Properties
North America is Leading in Terms of Commercial Adoption
China Leads in IP Filing While Private Funding is Prominent Across Regions
High Impact in Aerospace, Automotive, and Building and Construction Sector in the Next Three Years
Technology Developers Focus on Material Technologies for Targeted Applications
Multi-functionality and Effective Healing Mechanisms are Key for Commercial Adoption
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Super Engineered Polymers
Superior Performance Characteristics Compared to Conventional Polymers
APAC Leads in Material Adoption while Growth in US and Europe Facilitated by the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors
US Dominates in IP Filing and Investments for Technology Development
Automotive, Aerospace, and Electronics Lead in Technology Adoption
Companies Focus on Developing Bio-based Polymers and Reinforced Polymers
Developments in Manufacturing Processes and Material Characterization Key for Future Adoption
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Ultra High Strength Metals
Lightweight Metals with High Tensile Strength Developed Using New Manufacturing Approaches
Disruptive Advancements Enable Adoption in the Aerospace and Oil and Gas Industries
Asia Leads in IP Filing with Major Steel Manufacturers Active in R&D Efforts
Automotive and Aerospace Sectors Drive Adoption
Key Stakeholders Focus on the Development of Ultra High Strength Steel and Aluminum
Technology Advancements Expected to Focus on Alternate Composite Materials
Key Questions for Strategic Planning
4. Environment and Sustainability
Agriculture 2.0
Agriculture 2.0 Enables Monitoring Crop Health Real Time Enabling Increased Crop Yields
Utilization of Precision Agriculture Technologies will Enhance Sustainability in Agriculture
Innovations in Information and Communications Technologies Continue to have a Positive Impact on Agriculture
High R&D Investments in Novel Farming Systems and Midstream Technologies
Innovator Ecosystem
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Farming-as-a-Service to Assist Small-scale Farmers in Developing Countries
CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage)
CCUS Technologies are Considered a Crucial for Meeting Global CO2 Emission Reduction Targets
North America has the Highest Number of Installations
Increased Government Support for EOR will have a Significant Impact on the Oil and Gas Industry
The US has the Strongest IP Portfolio Trend
Innovator Ecosystem
The Road Ahead - Bio-CCUS Projects is an Emerging Trend
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Mobile Desalination
Desalination to become Cost Competitive with Traditional Water Treatment Technology
The Global Market is Projected to Progress at a Promising Pace
Funding Activities are Focused on Solar-Powered Mobile Desalination
Improved Water Productivity Yield Across Industrial Sectors
Innovator Ecosystem
Trends Toward Reduction in Energy Consumption
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Smart Water Grid
Smart Water Grids Result in Improvement of Operational Efficiency of Water Systems
Innovations will Be Focused on Reducing Water Leakage and Improving the Water Supply Infrastructure
Utilization of Smart Sensors is Becoming Increasingly Important to Enhance Sustainable Water Management Technologies
Funding is Focused on Development of Real Time Monitoring of Water Infrastructure
Construction and Environment are High Impact Markets
Innovator Ecosystem
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Enhanced SCADA and Automated Metering Infrastructure will Increase the Efficiency
5. Energy and Utilities
Advanced Batteries
Advanced Batteries will Strengthen Lithium-Ion Dominance in the Next Decade
Energy, Utilities, and Automotive Sectors are Expected to be High Growth Markets
Government Worldwide are Funding Low Cost and High Energy Density Batteries
Innovator Ecosystem
Roadmap - Advanced Anode and Cathode will Bring Down Battery Cost
Metal-ion and Metal-air Batteries are Appropriate Alternatives for Li-ion
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Distributed Energy Generation
Global Adoption and Market Growth Driven by Both Public and Private Sectors
Dominance of Solar PV has Crucial Impact Across Multiple Sectors
Distributed Asset Management Platform is the Key Research Focus Area
Innovator Ecosystem
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
New Business Models will be Enabled by New DERMS Capabilities
Next Gen Smart Grids
Smart Grids Mark the Convergence of Communication and Automation with the Power Sector
Smart Meters and Metering Infrastructure Drive Adoption
Network Monitoring and Grid Data Analytics are Key Research Focus Areas
Innovator Ecosystem
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Loss Reduction in Transmission and Distribution s will be Crucial for Developing Nations
Super Fuel Cells
Transportation is One of the Key Sectors for Growth of Fuel Cells
Fuel Cell will Enable Future of Energy Storage: Power-to-Gas
Banks And Venture Capitalists are Key R&D Investment Sources
Innovator Ecosystem
Market Competition and Technology Advancements will Reduce the Cost of Technology
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Thermal Energy Storage
Increasing the Economic Viability of TES will be the Future Focus Area
Increased Capacity Scalability in TES Propels the Market Growth
High Impact Primarily on the Energy and Building Sector
Adoption Prospects in Areas such as Combined Heat and Power
Innovator Ecosystem
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Advances in Material Science will Boost Technology Growth
6. Health and Wellness
Biobetters
Patent Protection and Market Exclusivity Make it a Promising Biopharmaceutical Opportunity
Game Changers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry
As Biobetters Offer Enhanced Benefits over Biologics and Biosimilars Competitors, they are Patentable
The US Provides Access to Safe, Affordable, and Efficacious Products
Companies Leveraging New Opportunities in this Space
Providing Biomanufacturers New Sources of Revenue and Risk Diversification
Improvements over L-Asparaginase, Hepatitis B Vaccine, and Trastuzumab
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Biomarker Analytics
Leading Personalized Treatment Strategies
Global Market Poised for Steady Growth
US Leads the IP Landscape
Innovations Poised to Transform the Future of Healthcare
Rising Funding Likely to Enhance Disease Management
Transforming the Future of Healthcare
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Microbiomics
Technologies Poised to Transform the Global Healthcare Landscape
Exponential Growth in Research Likely to Fortify Global Market Potential
Emerging IP Landscape Adopts Defensive Strategy for Competitive Advantage
Probiotic Innovations Lead the Global Microbiome Landscape
Global Adoption of Technologies is Dependent on the Varied Regulatory Landscape
Innovations Likely to Significantly Enhance Patient and Consumer Health in the Future
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Protein Therapeutics
Technologies Driving Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sectors
Monoclocal Antibodies Likely to Dominate Global Protein Therapeutics Market
Noteworthy IP Activity
Overview of Global Protein Therapeutics Market
Renewed Interest in Discovery, Engineering, and Development of Next-Generation Protein Therapeutics
Products Based on Disease, Function and Mechanism of Action, Administration Route, and Pharmacological Class
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Regen Med
The Future of Disease Therapeutics
High Attrition of Potential Drug Candidates is Generating Interest in Novel Stem Cell Therapies
High IP Activity on Stem Cell Therapy Amongst Universities
Energizing Oncology and Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Sustained Interest Amongst Venture Capitalist Supporting Research and Development
Companies Developing Successful Therapies Targeting Various Diseases
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Zika Control
Healthcare Initiatives Have Renewed Interest Towards Novel Vaccines and Portable Testing Devices
Nearly 80 Pharma Biotech Companies and Research Institutions are Working on Zika Virus Vaccines
2017 Witnessed 560 Published Patents
Governments are Spending Substantially on Early Diagnostics and Genetic Vaccines
Role of Technology Diversification and Synergy across the Zika Virus Infection Landscape
Candidates Advancing to Preclinical and Clinical Trials through Differentiated Technological Approaches
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
7. Information and Communication Technologies
5G
Network Slicing Ability and Faster Mode of Secure Transactions are Key Adoption Drivers
China Likely to Dominate the Global 5G Market in the Near Future
Radio Access and Modulation Forms are key Focus Areas for Majority of Companies
Operators will Play a Vital Role in Driving Business Efficiencies Across Industry Sectors
Telco Community is Slowly Becoming More Proactive in Negotiating 5G Standards
Confusion Over Standard Global Norms is Hindering Smooth Adoption Globally
Blockchain
Blockchain Likely to Dominate the Future of Trade
Financial Institutions should Capitalize on the Growing Government Support
China Poised to become the Innovation Hub by 2022
Banking and Finance Sector is the Early Adopter of the Technology
Start-ups have Started to Harness the Power of Blockchain
Regulatory Framework is a Key Need for Wide Spread Adoption
Cognitive Security
Developing Intelligent Security Systems for Prevention against Cyber Attacks
Need for Automated Threat Intelligence and Improved Response Speed Drives Adoption
Sustained Rate of Innovations Keeps North America Ahead in The Race
Next Generation Solutions Likely to Reduce the Tasks of Security Analyst Across Sectors
Integration of Artificial Intelligence Helps New Security Providers to Compete Closely with Established Companies
In-depth Analysis Of Real Time Data Flow And Quick Response To Threats Drives The Adoption
Deep Learning
Deep Learning Algorithms Facilitate Faster Learning for Computers and More Accurate Problem Solving Capabilities
Self Learning Capabilities to Drive Personalization of Customer Services
Research Initiatives will Result in Exponential Rise of Patents in the Next 5 years
Healthcare Sector will have Major Impact with Respect to Handling Critical Patient Data
Emerging Startups have Focused on Developing Neural Network Architecture
Companies have Adopted Acquisition Strategy to Gain First Mover Advantage in the Market
Haptic Reality
Growing Demand for a Realistic, Immersive Experience is Driving Adoption
Europe is Steadily Rising in Terms of Development and Adoption
China is Becoming an Ideal Testbed for Product Launch
Video Gaming, Training, and Retail Sectors are Among the Early Adopters
Advancements Across Sectors are Observed in Phases
Startups Introducing Touch for Reality Technology of the Future
AI and 5G will Facilitate Technology Development Significantly
Hyperimaging Analytics
Ability to See Beyond the Broader Domain of Visible Light
APAC Region Focuses on Remote Sensing and Space Exploration for Sustainable Resources
Increasing Focus on Developing Low-cost and Accurate HIA systems
Military Surveillance and Healthcare Sectors are Witnessing Widespread Adoption
Developed Markets are Spurring Innovations Globally
HIA Likely to Drive the Future of Biometrics
Small Data
Uncover Trends from the Tiny Clues
5G will Further Boost Data Generation at End Points
Developers and Investors are Realizing the Huge Potential in APAC
B2C Market will Experience Stronger Impact in the Long Run
Developers are Targeting the BFS, Retail, and Manufacturing Primarily
Analytics is Becoming a Vital Tool to Uncover Granular Details
Security Managers and Marketers are Enjoying the Benefits
8. Medical Devices and Imaging
Bioelectronic Medicines
Bioelectronic Medicines are Alternatives to Pharmaceutical Drugs
Growing Opioid Crisis Presents Strategy Opportunity for Growth
Growing Incidence of Lifestyle Diseases are Key Market Drivers
Pharma and Data Companies are Interested Bioelectronics Research
Elimination of Drug Side Effects is a Major Market Driver
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Myoelectric Prosthetics
Next-Gen Prosthetics for Full Functional Rehabilitation
Future of Prosthetics is Life-like and Mind-Controlled Bionics
IP Activity is Driven by Sensors, Neuroscience, and Materials Research
North America is a Technology Hub for Functional Prosthetic Devices
Ottobock and Touch Bionics Lead IP Activity and Commercialization
Advanced Sensing, High-Performance Batteries, and AI will Fuel Next-Gen Design
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Personalized Orthopedics
Adoption is Driven by the Need for Customization and Precision Design
High-performance Biomaterials, Medical Imaging, and 3D Printing are Central to Innovation
North America Leads Innovation and Market Growth
Strategic Imperative Lies in Customizing Hip and Knee Implants
Advanced Biomaterials and 4D Printing Gain Attention from Investors
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Smart Scalpel
Smart Scalpels Provide Advanced Sensing and Analytics Capabilities
Demand for Minimally-invasive Procedures and Better Surgical Outcomes are Market Drivers
Robotics Companies and Academia Research are Driving the IP Landscape
Smart Surgical Tools will have an Impact on Biopsies, Surgeries, and Basic Research
Collaboration and Convergence of Technologies will Fuel Next-Generation Product Enhancements
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Stereotactic Surgery
Stereotactic Imaging for Sub-micron Accuracy During Surgical Planning
Growth is Driven by Demand for Precision and Better Surgical Outcomes
IP Activity is Driven by 3D Imaging and Advanced Analytics
Growing Incidence of Cancer and Neurological Disorders Creates Market Opportunities
Applications have Increased Enormously Owing to Advances in Medical Imaging
Innovators are Focusing on High Precision and Diversity in Applications
Stereotactic Surgery Development is Driven Toward Functional Therapies
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
Synaptic Interface
BCI Bridges Basic Neuroscience Research and Consumer Applications
Consumer Applications of BCI will Strongly Support Market Adoption
Enthusiastic Private Funding is Reflected in a Strong IP Pipeline
Application Landscape of BCI is Rapidly Evolving Beyond Healthcare
Startups are the Engines of BCI Innovation and Market Growth
Key Questions for Strategy Planning
9. Microelectronics
AI Chip
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Unmet Needs, Drivers, and Challenges
Patent Trend Analysis
Funding Scenario – China Shadows the US in Funding AI Space in 2017
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Market Potential – Consumer Electronics will Drive Opportunities in the Near Term
Application Diversity
GaNtronics
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Innovations Focus on Harnessing the Inherent Potential of GaN
Majority of the Patents Published Focus on GaN Semiconductors
Government Funding is Key to the Growth of GaNtronics
Stakeholder Ecosystem
GaN LEDs and GaN Semiconductors are Key Market Revenue Contributors
Energy, Lighting, Environment, and Media are High Impact Sectors
Hybrid Cloud Storage
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Innovations Focus on Developing Cloud Gateways and Data Security
Patent Trend Analysis
Funding Scenario – The US is a Global Hub of Startups in Hybrid Cloud
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Market Potential – Data Backup will be the Key Driver for Growth
Application Diversity - Sports, Education, Retail, Media, and Healthcare are High Impact Sectors
Micro LED
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Better Viewing Experience, Low Power, Miniaturization Drives the Need for Innovative Display Technologies
Apple Dominate the Patent Filing Trend
OEMs are Seeking Aggressive Growth Strategies
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Small-scale Displays Generate Opportunities for Market Growth
Consumer Electronics will be Early Adopters of Micro LED
Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Innovations Focus on Improving Read/Write Speed and IOPS --Unmet Needs, Drivers, and Challenges
Patent Trend Analysis
Funding Scenario – Israel is one of the Major Hubs for NVMe Storage
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Market Potential – Flash and SSD will Contribute to Drive Growth
Application Diversity – BFSI, Education, Gaming, and Healthcare are High Impact Sectors
VCSE Laser
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Key Factors Driving Adoption
The US is the Hotbed for VCSE Laser Innovation
Expanding Manufacturing Facility is the Key Focus Area for Stakeholders
Stakeholder Ecosystem
3D Sensing will Generate Market Opportunity
Consumer Electronics and Data Centers are Key Target Markets
10. Sensors and Instrumentation
Biosensor
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Increase in Safety Health Measures and Application Diversity are Key Factors for Industry Growth
Patent Trend Analysis
Government Grants Drive Development and Commercialization Activities
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Novel Biosensing Platforms will Drive Market Growth by 2022
Healthcare and Manufacturing are High Growth Markets
LiDAR Sensor
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
3D Imaging and Mapping Drive Developments
Patent Trend Analysis
High Investments Drive Commercialization
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Convergence of Technologies will Boost the LiDAR Market Globally
Automotive and UAV are Key Growth Applications Areas
Sensor Fusion
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Autonomous Vehicles and Drones Drive Developments
Patent Trend Analysis
Analytics and Big Data will Drive Adoption
Stakeholder Ecosystem
Technology Convergence will Boost the Sensor Fusion Market Globally
Automotive and UAVs are Key Growth Applications
Smart Sensors
Technology Significance and Attractiveness Dashboard
Digitization Trend will Embrace Smart Sensing
Patent Trend Analysis
Funding Scenario
Stakeholder Ecosystem
IoT will Drive Market Growth
Automotive and UAVs are Key Growth Applications




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