VP of Intelligence

Michael Holman is VP of Intelligence at Lux Research, helping to lead a research team that assists clients, primarily large global corporations, with identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities in emerging technology areas by providing market and technology insight and analysis. He also runs Lux Research’s work on benchmarks and best practices in technology scouting and open innovation, and its research on corporate venture capital, advising clients on how they can better run and organize their innovation programs.

Michael has also been deeply involved in public policy issues in emerging technologies. He has been a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. and EU Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program, and helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) run its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop and research roadmap. Michael is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited in publications like The Economist, The Guardian, and Congressional Quarterly on the commercialization of emerging technologies.
Michael earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he worked at Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.
Vice President, Digital Products

In his role as VP, Digital Products, Kevin is responsible for the development and deployment of technologies to support research products within Lux, and for providing solutions externally to clients in the digital space. During his career at Lux, he has managed multiple teams in the energy space before launching research areas in robotics, sensors, and the Internet of Things, ultimately leading to managing a broader research program around Digital Transformation.

He and his teams develop digital tools to enhance Lux’s research processes and offerings, as well as provide strategic advice to a global client base regarding new business opportunities for emerging technologies and business models in the digital space. In addition, he has led and conducted studies around best practices in open innovation and technology scouting. He also has been cited frequently in the press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been an invited speaker at conferences across the globe.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Kevin was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and The University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity.

Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles in leading journals on subjects including nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics. He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

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Vice President

Kevin leads our dedicated team of expert consultants that help top executives in the Innovation 1000 make critical decisions about markets, technologies, and strategy to better position existing businesses for growth and to launch new businesses wisely. Kevin and his team help our many clients size and prioritize addressable markets, correctly interpret the competitive landscape, anticipate disruptive technologies and companies, and develop sound go-to-market and business development strategies.

Kevin has more than 20 years of industry experience in the healthcare IT, biotechnology, and market intelligence industries.  Previously he served as VP of Advisory Services at Decision Resources, a leading pharmaceutical market research and intelligence company. 

Kevin holds bachelor degrees in Genetics and Molecular Biology from U.C. Berkeley, a Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Harvard University and his MBA from Bentley University.  He has authored more than 20 primary publications in leading research journals and a number of patents in the areas of growth factors and stem cells.  He has presented and chaired discussion panels, including the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Business.

Director, Research Products

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.

He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.

Cosmin earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Auckland, where he engineered a new scanning probe microscope, and authored 20 scientific publications and reviews. He also holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto, which focused in part on physics, mathematics, and computer science.

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Ph.D., MSc.
Research Director
Arij van Berkel oversees the global Energy and Water Intelligence practices for Lux Research. Arij and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. His last position there was innovation director for the chemical industry, P&L responsible for TNO's entire project portfolio for the chemical industry and liaising with the Dutch and EU governments on innovation policy. 
Arij holds an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University.
Research Director

Sara Olson is a Research Director at Lux Research.  She leads Lux’s Food, Health, and Wellness research program. In this role she monitors and evaluates opportunities coming from technology areas like advanced crop protection, personalized nutrition, precision agriculture, and genomics. Sara manages a team of analysts, helping clients with questions regarding the diverse regulatory pressures affecting the agri-food industries and developing strategies to drive innovation in the rapidly evolving global food and health industries.

Sara has a decade of experience in crop genetics and biochemistry. She has led research teams focusing on quantitative functional genomics of crop plants with implications for advancing nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance, and biomass generation in both food and fuel-generation applications. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has authored multiple primary publications in major journals on topics including genomics, phenomics, and crop protection. Sara holds a B.S. with honors in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Research Director

As Research Director at Lux Research, Ross runs global research practices in materials, manufacturing, sustainability, and corporate strategy-related verticals. Ross leads Lux’s Accelerating Materials Innovation research group, managing teams of analysts responsible for providing technology scouting, strategic advice, and advanced analytics on disruptive technologies across consumer products, mobility, healthcare, electronics, and energy applications.

During his career at Lux, Ross developed and launched new research areas assessing how innovations at the intersection of materials science, digital innovations, and big data (e.g. artificial intelligence in materials design, 3D printing, part design and manufacturing software) are disrupting industries. He has led several new initiatives related to enhancing client engagement and new business development.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Ross’ career has focused on working towards commercialization of emerging technologies in the renewable energy and electronic materials sectors. Ross previously worked as a chemical engineer at the solar thin film startup Solexant and specialty chemical manufacturer Polysciences. Ross holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a B.S.E. with high honors in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, with certificates in Materials Science and Finance.
Research Director

As a Research Director at Lux Research, Jon leads the Digital Transformation research program, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as IoT, sensors, autonomous vehicles, communication protocols, smart cities and buildings, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and connected devices. Prior to taking on this role, Jon worked in a range of Lux Research groups ranging from Food, Health, and Wellness to Electronic User Interfaces.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Jon was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied electrochemical processes. Jon holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage and mercury remediation.

Research Director

Katrina Westerhof is a Research Director at Lux Research, overseeing Lux’s coverage of automation and electronic user interfaces, and acting as a strategic advisor to clients in the physical industries as they navigate their digital transformation. Katrina’s research interests include IoT security, industrial IoT, and power grid innovation, and she has held positions with Lux’s Digital, Energy, and Consulting teams.

Prior to joining Lux, Katrina was a strategist and lead engineer for a small energy startup, where she led the design of a novel petroleum processing facility that outperformed traditional plants in economics, safety, and reliability. Additionally, Katrina has worked as an operations and management consultant, with a focus on manufacturing processes and operational excellence in the oil & gas and coatings industries. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, where she worked in the Langer Laboratory.

Senior Analyst

Yuan-Sheng Yu is a Senior Analyst based in Lux Research’s Singapore office. He leads Lux’s Asia-Pacific research initiative, providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging technologies in energy, health and life sciences, chemicals and materials, and digital transformation. He works with Global 1000 clients in implementing innovation strategies, identifying emerging opportunities, and explores strategic partnerships focusing on bridging business objectives with high-potential, disruptive technologies.

In addition, Yuan-Sheng leads the Alternative Fuels Intelligence team and supports Lux’s research on the global energy transition. He identifies key drivers, such as policy influences and societal transitions, to determine the impact they have on the economic feasibility and capabilities of emerging technologies.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Yuan-Sheng conducted research at The University of Georgia on bioenergy with funding from the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Yuan-Sheng holds a M.S. in Forestry from The University of Georgia and a B.S. in Microbial Biology from The University of California, Berkeley.  

Managing Consultant

As a Senior Consultant at Lux Research, Samhitha’s contributions in advisory projects have facilitated commercialization of technologies in advanced building materials, nanomaterials manufacturing processes, building-integrated photovoltaics, novel drug-delivery technologies, and nano-catalysts, to name a few.  Prior to her consulting work at Lux Research, Samhitha was a major contributor to the Biosciences Intelligence team, where she has conducted extensive primary and secondary research in biofuels, biomaterials, targeted delivery, synthetic biology, and other areas of emerging biosciences.

Samhitha joined the Lux Research team from University of Pennsylvania where she co-designed a diagnostic instrument that measures torque and range-of-motion of rotator cuff muscles in patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain (patent pending).

Samhitha holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.