The World's Brightest Minds Converge On NineSights, to Drive Business Value and Global Transformation

 The World's Brightest Minds Converge On NineSights, to Drive Business Value
                          and Global Transformation

Organizations including Johnson Controls, GE, Samsung Display, Mattel, Pfizer
and Haier are Now On NineSights - Join us to change tomorrow

PR Newswire

CLEVELAND, April 15, 2014

CLEVELAND, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global innovation firm NineSigma
today announced increased usage of as the online innovation
community where solution seekers and providers are connecting to accelerate
new product development, improve competitiveness, help change the world, and
drive new growth.

NineSights presents a diversity of innovation opportunities for corporations
and nonprofit organizations to highlight their needs, conduct expert searches
and technology searches, and manage innovation contests and Grand Challenges.

For example, Mattel, Pfizer, Mondelēz International, Under Armour, GE, Samsung
Display, Johnson Controls, Haier, Kraft, Agrokor, Sappi, ICL, Tata Steel, and
Ohio Third Frontier have Innovation Galleries on the platform. These enable
them to drive awareness of their commitment to innovation, post technology
needs and Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and collaborate with a new network of
technical experts, in one place.

The Galleries are generating hundreds of new and valuable introductions for
solution seekers. Michael Thomas, Manager of Technology Scouting for Johnson
Controls Automotive Seating said, "Publishing technology interest areas on our
NineSights Gallery has helped Johnson Controls connect with numerous new
potential partners, and ultimately resulted in kicking off multiple projects."
Through the Gallery model, the companies can scale their innovation efforts by
posting multiple needs and working collaboratively with NineSigma to establish
an approach, monitor activity, and facilitate connections. NineSigma applies
their best practices in cultivating solution provider response which
continually drives new innovators to the site. "NineSigma's active outreach to
their global solution provider community has been a key factor in our success
with the Johnson Controls Gallery. When NineSigma alerted the right people to
our needs, we received a number of new submissions," added Thomas. 

Several organizations currently manage Grand Challenges on NineSights, as
well, and these programs account for nearly one-third of all activity on the
platform. Through Grand Challenges, organizations reach out for solutions to
large-scale problems of global impact - from head health to climate change.
Grand Challenges currently running on NineSights include Cisco Security's
initiative to secure the Internet of Things; and the Climate Change and
Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation's initiative to reduce greenhouse

For solution providers, Grand Challenges and Innovation Galleries have doubled
the opportunities they can now find on NineSights, which launched in June
2012. Inventors, research labs, startups and enterprises like GE are all
finding potential "homes" for their inventions, technologies, or products,
along with new funding and partnership opportunities. Currently, there is more
than $55 million in award funding available to these innovators.

"A significant piece of our company's growth has come from NineSigma
projects," said Sumitra Rajagopalan, Founder and CEO of Montreal-based
Bioastra Technologies, which provides a range of technology solutions based on
smart temperature-, pH- and electro-responsive polymers. This private firm has
formed partnerships with NineSigma clients in food/beverage, oil and gas,
packaging, consumer products, medical devices and several other sectors.

"NineSigma launched NineSights as a secure online destination for solution
seekers and providers of all sizes to interact and identify new business
opportunities. As the pressure to accelerate innovation continues, NineSights
enables real-time connections between talented innovators across industries
and technical disciplines which can ultimately lead to fruitful, long-term
innovation partnerships," said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma.

Innovators: join NineSights today to post needs, respond to real opportunities
and more! Registration is free and takes just a minute at

About NineSigma

NineSigma helps organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors
find new solutions, knowledge and partners to accelerate the innovation cycle.
The leader in creating 'unexpected connections' across industries and
technical disciplines, NineSigma has produced billions of dollars in value for
its clients. The company also helps for-profit and nonprofit organizations
address problems of a global magnitude through Grand Challenges. NineSigma's
online community, NineSights®, connects innovators of all sizes with the
resources and relationships needed to drive growth. Learn more at or

Media Contact:Jackie Lucas, Warner Communications —,
(978) 255-1159

SOURCE NineSigma

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