Weekly Update - Monday, July 27, 2020

How the world’s smelliest fruit could power your phone

The lithium-ion batteries in our devices degrade over time and come with a large environmental cost. Are there better ways to store and carry energy that are kinder to the planet? They are the beating heart of our modern portable technology – packets of energy that we can charge from a plug in the wall and slowly drain through the course of a day. Lithium-ion batteries have transformed our ability to store and carry energy around with us, and so, in turn, revolutionised the devices we use.


Your next smartphone will be a lot harder to scratch--Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus is a significant improvement in scratch prevention.

It takes about two years for Corning to develop each new generation of Gorilla Glass, the resilient material that graces a critical mass of smartphones. That process has for several update cycles focused on protecting screens against drops, fending off shatters and cracks by boosting what’s known as compressive strength. The newly announced Gorilla Glass Victus, though, gives equal weight to preventing scratches. That’s harder than it sounds and more useful than you’d think.


How SpaceX, social media and the ‘worm’ helped NASA become cool again

NASA is having a moment. The U.S. space agency teamed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX in May to launch its first manned rocket from American soil in nearly a decade. And adorning that rocket was NASA’s iconic “worm” logo, a throwback look that NASA announced a month earlier it was bringing out of retirement, causing space fans across the country to collectively geek out.


VIDEO: Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel on kick off of phase three Covid-19 vaccine trial

Moderna announced Monday it had received an additional $472 million from the U.S. government to support the company's late-stage development of its vaccine including the phase three study, which began Monday and will include more than 30,000 participants. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.


How EQT Ventures’ Motherbrain uses AI to find promising startups

Since Sweden’s EQT Ventures embraced AI to drive the way it makes investments, the company has learned that reaping the benefits of algorithms is a journey full of detours that involve experimenting, fine-tuning, and adaptation to achieve the promised efficiencies and insights.

Sign up for our August DXC Thought Leader Interview with INVISTA's VP of Operations

Join the Digital Transformation Community as we interview the leading minds in DX on the third Thursday of every month. August's DXC Thought Leader is Jerry Grunewald, Vice President of Operations at INVISTA. INVISTA is a part of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

Jerry leads INVISTA’s Operations Transformation effort, which is focused on delivering value from the Digital Plant of the Future.  He and his team are focused on four workstreams:

  • Process Control
  • Connected Worker
  • Material Flow Automation
  • Asset Performance Management

Jerry’s team focuses on unlocking the underlying data in each area to convert data to knowledge, knowledge to action, and action to value.  Prior to this role, Jerry led INVISTA’s global R&D team.  His group developed several breakthough technologies in Nylon 66 intermediates and polymer products and processes that have recently been or are currently being commercialized.

Register to hear this live interview on August 20 at 12 PM ET.

Network with other IRI members at our Virtual Fall Networks Conference

For the first time ever IRI is turning its Fall Networks Conference into an online event! IRI’s Networks bring practitioners together to explore member-chosen topics through a combination of peer presentations, interactive roundtables, guest speakers, and workshops. Sessions are designed to be highly interactive and encourage participation from all in attendance. Webinar sessions will be open to all registered conference attendees, while roundtable discussions will be limited to Network Members. Attendees will have the opportunity to share pain points and troubleshoot with their peers, allowing them to easily digest valuable insights with specific steps and strategies in hand.

The Fall Networks Conference will convene virtually September 14-18, 2020. These free virtual sessions will be a blend of webinars, interactive roundtable discussions, and organized networking activities, and exclusive to IRI members.

Topics include:

  • The Future of Remote Work and Collaborating Virtually
  • Managing Innovation Remotely and Coping with Distributed Teams
  • New Strategies for Voice of the Customer During Pandemic
  • The (Remote) Research Lab of the Future
  • Corporate and University Partnerships in Fighting COVID-19 featuring the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Relationship Building Without ROI
  • Best Practices to Minimize In-Person Customer Contact During Prototyping Phase
  • Maximizing Productivity and Adapting Corporate Culture to the Remote Office
  • Hiring and Onboarding Remote Talent
  • Considerations for Safely Reopening Offices and Labs
  • Opportunity Processing
  • Predicting Federally-Funded R&D Outcomes with Ideation, Project, and Organizational Factors
  • Identifying and Partnering with International Startups
  • Emerging Technologies IP Licensing – What Happens When Your Technology Partners Goes Bankrupt
  • Digitalization and Data

There are currently six Networks in this program (External TechnologyHuman Resources, Information Services/TechnologyInnovation Leaders,  Intellectual Assets Management, and New Business Development), each of which focuses on a different function of innovation and R&D. Please note that the conference webinar sessions will be open to all registered attendees, but to in any roundtable discussions, you must be a member of the Network. To join an IRI Network, please contact Mallory Smith (smith@iriweb.org). 


You must be an employee of an IRI member company to register and attend this event. No complimentary registrations are required!