The Coller Institute of Venture is interested in unique forms of Deep Innovation that transform industries and contribute to the venture ecosystem.
Unlike what we see in the ubiquitous Internet/Cyber startups, these Deep Innovations usually entail substantial resources ($5-100M), and may take years (5-20) to materialize. Notable examples can be found in the sectors of: Water venture, Nanotechnology, Brain tech, Pharma, etc.
One such Deep Innovation that has emerged from the Nanotechnology domain is Graphene.
According to a FrequentGadget news post, academics from the University of Manchester have reported that not only can wearable communication devices be created from Graphene, but that this will the the next frontier of Smart Skin technology.
Graphene is the hardest material known to science and is 200 times stronger than steel. Not only is it unbreakable, but it is also the thinnest and most lightweight, making Graphene optimal for wearable devices that would have the ability to be printed directly on the skin or clothing.
Deep Graphene-related innovations can potentially revolutionize smart skin technology such as phones and health-monitoring devices that will be internet ready, indestructible, with integrated chargers. The potential applications of Graphene demonstrates how Deep Innovation can transform an industry and lead to new companies and products.
To read more about Deep Graphene-related innovations, see Daniela Baglieri’s article Deep Innovation with Graphene Technologies, where she demonstrates how Nanotechnology has been recognized as a key technology of the next decades, which will strongly affect both firms’ and countries’ competitiveness and growth potential.
To learn more about Deep Innovation see Coller Venture Review — 2016 -3 — Deep Innovation Issue.