SOURCE: NineSigma

April 30, 2007 10:48 ET

NineSigma Extends Global Alliance Program to Over 250,000

Open Innovation Network Spreads Expertise in Science and Technology Sectors

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 --NineSigma, a leading provider of open innovation solutions to the enterprise, today announced the extension of its Innovation Alliance Program, a global innovation network, now consisting of more than 250,000 scientists and technologists that augments the hundreds of thousands of innovators from academia, industry and private-public research institutions in NineSigma's total worldwide solution provider network.

This expanded reach significantly elevates NineSigma's market leadership position, adding to their larger and unparalleled global network of innovation providers. NineSigma connects clients with opportunities to make solid, workable connections to solve their business and technology challenges.

NineSigma's unique "Discover-Connect-Solve" approach, based on the principles of open innovation, enables clients such as DuPont, P&G, Kraft and General Mills to locate, connect and facilitate real business partnerships for bringing inventive new technologies and concepts to the market. The Innovation Alliance Program reaches out to industry, academia, and private-public development organizations, with recent new additions including the Commonwealth Advantage, Japan Technology Group and Global Ventures Industry Limited (GVIN).

"NineSigma takes an entirely different approach in terms of encouraging companies to think about innovation in a radically unique way," said Robert Gruetzmacher, director in DuPont's Center for Collaborative Research. "We have received creative proposals from around the world including diverse locations like Australia, India, Argentina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Poland and the UK -- this speaks to how well-connected the company is, and to the power of its network."

Through NineSigma partnerships with top industry, universities, research labs and individual innovators, there are highly increased innovation possibilities for each of their clients. Solution providers that are part of NineSigma's network can realize a variety of compensation arrangements including R&D contacts, licensing agreements, product acquisitions and joint development.

For science and technology innovators interested in learning more about NineSigma's network please visit http://www.ninesigma.com/affiliate or contact Charles Brez, VP of Innovation Alliances with NineSigma at 216-295-4805.

About NineSigma

NineSigma partners with Global 1000 companies to transform their innovation capabilities by connecting them with the very best innovators from around the world. NineSigma's proprietary process for Open Innovation enables companies to dramatically improve speed to market while lowering product development costs and reducing risk in decision making. NineSigma's open network of innovators is the largest of its kind and spans industries, geographies, and technical disciplines. Companies such as P&G, DuPont, Kraft, General Mills and Unilever engage NineSigma to build new innovation capabilities that leverage research and innovation globally to deliver greater value to their customers.

For more information visit: www.ninesigma.com.

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