SOURCE: NineSigma, Inc.

NineSigma, Inc.

NineSigma, Inc.

January 03, 2011 14:06 ET

NineSigma and Nottingham-Spirk Partner to Provide Accelerated In-Market Solutions to Companies Seeking Breakthrough Product Innovations

NineSigma and Nottingham-Spirk Are Teaming Up to Provide a New End-to-End Solution That Allows Companies to Take a Product From Idea to Marketplace in 12-18 Months

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - NineSigma, the leading provider of open innovation solutions, announced they have formed a strategic partnership with design powerhouse Nottingham-Spirk to help innovation-driven companies take a product to market in less than 18 months. Leveraging Nottingham-Spirk's comprehensive product development capabilities and NineSigma's access to cutting-edge innovation and knowledge, the two Cleveland, Ohio-based firms are offering companies potential for significant value creation unparalleled in the industry today.

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Nottingham-Spirk on this exciting new offering," said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma. "Their immense capabilities in design, development and prototyping, as well as their client-focus and business approach to innovation, make them an outstanding strategic partner for us. With this new service we are leveraging the core capabilities of both our firms and respective experience in the open innovation space to create new revenue streams for clients in a very condensed period of time."

"Given the current global economic climate, the opportunity to rapidly create blockbuster new products will dramatically improve speed to market and offer great economic benefit for companies across industries," said John Nottingham, co-President and co-Founder of Nottingham-Spirk. "Like NineSigma, we are constantly looking for ways to help our clients dramatically increase competitive advantage by redefining what's possible through collaborative innovation."

NineSigma and Nottingham-Spirk will work together with clients to identify opportunities to create new products or transform existing product platforms. The process addresses the complete innovation value chain from ideation to design and engineering through to prototyping and manufacturing. Technology searches and market intelligence are an integrated part of the process, depending on the scope of the need. The process can be applied to a single product or a broader new product pipeline. One of the key differentiators of this service is the focus on a particular desired price point for the future product, which is known as "value invention."

About NineSigma
NineSigma helps Global 1000 companies and other innovation-driven entities Engage with the global innovation community and Enable their organizations to more effectively adopt external knowledge and resources. Companies such as Kraft, Philips, L'Oreal, Unilever, Denso and Suntory utilize NineSigma's open innovation services to solve immediate challenges, fill product pipelines and integrate new knowledge and capabilities into their organizations. NineSigma has the largest open global network of solution providers and an extensive database of existing solutions that spans all industries and technical disciplines. The company has operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. Learn more about NineSigma at http://www.ninesigma.com/.

About Nottingham-Spirk
Established in 1972, Nottingham-Spirk is one of the leading new product invention and development groups, with over 570 commercialized patents to date and over $30 billion dollars in combined sales from products created. Nottingham-Spirk's experience in a wide range of consumer, commercial and medical markets makes them one of the most successful product innovators in the United States. Companies such as Procter & Gamble, GE, Alcoa, Black & Decker, and Sherwin-Williams utilize Nottingham-Spirk's innovation process to create game-changing products and intellectual property. Their state-of-the-art facilities allow them to vertically integrate inventing, designing, engineering, structural packaging and prototyping, which is supported by ongoing objective and qualitative user research. The company is located near the Cleveland Clinic campus. Learn more about Nottingham-Spirk at 
http://ns-design.com/.

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