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Extending its battery technology from cars to residential and commercial applications.
Projected investment required to build its battery “gigafactory” in NevadaCompany Details
Fast-growing smartphone vendor is maturing beyond its original “cut-price Apple” model with ideas like flash sales over its mobile messaging platform.
Most recent valuation for the private companyCompany Details
Shifting its fast DNA-reading machines from research applications primarily to hospitals and cancer clinics.
Proportion of all DNA data estimated to be produced on its machinesCompany Details
The world’s largest online retailer, it conducts more than half its daily transactions through its Alipay digital wallet/banking service.
Amount raised in its record-setting IPOCompany Details
Its cheap DNA tests help would-be parents plan ahead. Now it sells cancer screens.
Proportion of U.S. couples that use its tests before trying to conceiveCompany Details
Aggressively expanding its renewable energy products and building a business to provide electricity to the developing world.
number of people worldwide who don’t have access to electricityCompany Details
China’s most-used Internet service portal is expanding by investing in companies inside and outside its home market.
Active monthly users on WeChat and its related Weixin serviceCompany Details
Testing cancer treatments that use a person’s own immune cells.
Amount it raised in the largest biotech IPO of 2014Company Details
The factory it is planning to build in Buffalo will be the Western Hemisphere’s largest manufacturer of silicon solar panels, the company says.
Number of U.S. customers who lease SolarCity’s rooftop solar panelsCompany Details
It’s producing innovative original content and inking distribution deals with cable companies.
Number of Emmy nominations for its original programming in 2014Company Details
The first baby conceived with the help of its stem-cell treatment has been born.
Maximum amount it charges IVF clinics for the treatmentCompany Details
Its Loon balloons are designed to broaden Internet access.Company Details
Robots now used in its fulfillment centers could make the facilities far more efficient.
2014 salesCompany Details
Maker of a heart monitor that connects to an iPhone and automatically detects irregular heartbeats.
Number of ECG readings on its devices so farCompany Details
Began selling the first pill that can cure most cases of hepatitis C.
Sales of the drug in the first three months of 2015
Its new smart watch and its Apple Pay digital wallet set the pace for competitors.
Number of Apple Watches ordered the day they went on sale, according to outside estimatesCompany Details
Having created what it calls the world’s first 3-D electronics printer, the startup is commercializing promising new materials like conductive ink.
Factor by which its inks improve conductivity, according to the companyCompany Details
Offering more affordable water desalination at a scale never before achieved.
Number of people to be served by the plant it is building with partners in Carlsbad, CaliforniaCompany Details
Its Icelandic gene database is yielding clues that help it decide which drugs to develop.
Number of sequenced genomes in the databaseCompany Details
Has gained customers for its novel batteries, which can store surplus wind and solar energy.
Money raised from Aquion’s investorsCompany Details
The Chinese Internet company’s new deep-learning research lab has produced notable results in facial and speech recognition.
Increase in 2014 research spending, to $1.125 billionCompany Details
The rocket company has made progress on the technical challenge of landing and reusing unmanned rockets.
Number of missions completed in the last yearCompany Details
Uses new materials and manufacturing techniques to make solid-state batteries that store twice as much energy as rival lithium-ion technologies.
Size of recent investment by appliance maker Dyson (General Motors is also a backer)Company Details
Pioneering technology to be used in advanced computer vision systems for cars.
Freescale’s value in a proposed acquisition by a Dutch semiconductor makerCompany Details
Its user-friendly, relatively cheap robots have found a strong market. In May, Teradyne agreed to buy the company for $285 million.
Increase in revenue from 2013 to 2014Company Details
Took a lead in cancer immunotherapy with Opdivo, a life-saving drug for skin and lung cancer.
monthly cost of the drugCompany Details
Though some doctors’ organizations oppose the idea of remote medicine and are trying to limit the practice, this fast-growing telemedicine company is nearing an IPO.
Number of U.S. members in its remote-consultation serviceCompany Details
Its chips are crucial for cutting-edge technologies like deep learning and driverless cars.
Number of patents it holdsCompany Details
Big ad revenue is being invested in improvements to apps like Messenger and in its new agreement to directly host work by leading news organizations.
Number of monthly active users worldwide in the first quarter of 2015Company Details
It is turning around the prospects for RNA interference, a promising type of gene therapy that has been challenging to use.
Number of the company’s drugs in human testingCompany Details
Although sales have been soft for its easy-to-train Baxter robot, the company’s newest model, Sawyer, is impressively precise and fast.
Funding raisedCompany Details
The giant of LED lighting has made the efficient technology even more affordable.
Retail price of two bulbs that will last for a decadeCompany Details
Its Calyxt division uses quick gene editing to create crops that might not need regulation as GMOs.
Time it took to create a genetically engineered potato that should be healthier to eat when friedCompany Details
Its gene therapies may cure, not just treat, diseases like sickle-cell anemia.
Number of patients treated so far in studiesCompany Details
Reinvented the elevator with magnetic levitation technology, resulting in a system that can transport more people and move horizontally.
Company’s global elevator sales in 2014Company Details
Its workplace communications app is taking off.
Number of messages sent via Slack each monthCompany Details
The Japanese company runs a hugely popular messaging and free calling app that actually generates revenue.
Number of monthly active usersCompany Details
Using computer science to simulate richer virtual worlds, with applications in gaming and virtual reality.
Improbable’s funding from Andreessen Horowitz this yearCompany Details
Its deep-learning technology automatically spots tumors in medical scans.
Total estimated value of the market for medical image analysis softwareCompany Details
Helps companies including PayPal, Dell, and Expedia take Bitcoin payments without having to hold onto the cryptocurrency.
Number of Bitcoin accounts registered with CoinbaseCompany Details
Its popular travel planning apps in Europe combine information on taxis, car rental, bike sharing, and public transportation systems.
Number of journeys planned on its system every dayCompany Details
Moving to dominate the commercialization of 3-D printing by developing a super-fast assembly line.
Factor by which 3D Systems hopes to increase the speed of 3-D printingCompany Details
This Italian-based insurer will use fitness data from wearables, as well as other health data, to calculate insurance rates for customers who choose to participate.
Number of countries in which the company operatesCompany Details
Developing synthetic biology in multiple fields for health, energy, consumer, and environmental applications.
Amount paid to acquire the maker of a patented transgenic appleCompany Details
Helping researchers and drug companies move genetic data into Amazon’s cloud.
Number of computer processors the company uses to analyze DNACompany Details
Novel research into artificial intelligence could help the company in its long-term plan to make big data more useful.
Number of hospitals in North America that have signed up to use the Watson AI system to guide cancer therapyCompany Details
Innovative new formats include “Snapchat Stories,” which put videos and photos together to tell a story, and a platform for media organizations that is used by ESPN, CNN, and others.
Number of Snapchat Stories viewed per dayCompany Details
Its HoloLens augmented-reality technology reflects the new CEO’s turnaround ambitions.Company Details
Developing ultrathin, flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers.Company Details
It’s testing ideas like ride-share services and driver deliveries.
Number of active Uber drivers as of December 2014Company Details