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July 14, 2008

Sigma Xi and UTEK Announce Alliance

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Sigma Xi and UTEK Corporation, a leading innovation services company, have entered into an alliance to bring together UTEK's TekScout service and Sigma Xi's membership of nearly 60,000 research scientists and engineers in more than 85 countries.

TekScout is an online open innovation network that brings together independent scientists and engineers from around the world to solve R&D challenges focused in the areas of life science, physical science, chemistry, engineering and design, math and computer science, and renewable energy and sustainable product design.

These challenges are posted in an online forum by large corporations who seek outside expertise. Through this open innovation process, companies are able to drive product development faster, less expensively and more effectively than they might be able to do using only internal resources. Sigma Xi scientists and engineers who solve these challenges earn financial rewards and industry recognition.

"Our alliance with Sigma Xi brings a great new pool of talent and innovative knowledge to our base of TekExperts," said Edward Weisberg, vice president of UTEK and general manager of TekScout. "Sigma Xi's membership consists of some of the brightest scientific minds in the world. We are honored to incorporate them into our program to help solve TekScout scientific challenges."

"Sigma Xi's goal is to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Jerry Baker. "We believe that TekScout will provide an additional forum for our members to carry out this effort."

More information about how active (dues-paid) Sigma Xi members can sign up to be a TekExpert is available in the Members Only section of our Web site.

If your invention or other intellectual property may be owned by your employer, please consult your company or university policy regarding any proprietary restrictions.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the non-profit Society awards hundred of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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