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Weekly News Digest

June 4, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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InnoCentive and NPG Launch Open Innovation Pavilion

InnoCentive, Inc., the global open innovation marketplace (, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG), a scientific and medical publisher (, announced the launch of the Open Innovation Pavilion. Jointly hosted on and ( the Open Innovation Pavilion provides a hub for scientific collaboration and open innovation.

Companies and not-for-profit organizations (known as "seekers") can post "challenges" in life sciences, physical sciences, and clinical medicine on the Open Innovation Pavilion. These challenges are briefs allowing seekers to tap into external expertise to solve research problems or drive development of new products and technologies. Successful "solvers" receive financial rewards. Seekers can call on the expertise from's 5 million monthly visitors and InnoCentive's community of more than 175,000 solvers.

The Open Innovation Pavilion provides the user community and InnoCentive's solver community with a rich set of challenges to tackle, specifically tailored to their interests and expertise. InnoCentive and NPG will work together to maximize the visibility of these challenges to users, readers of NPG journals, and current InnoCentive solvers. users will be invited to become InnoCentive solvers; a larger pool of expertise should increase the chances of solving issues of worldwide concern. Current InnoCentive clients will have the opportunity to post challenges in the Pavilion, taking advantage of this new larger community of solvers.The Open Innovation Pavilion is already home to five challenges, with a cumulative award amount of $100,000. There are more than 1,200 open solver project rooms, with solvers working to solve these challenges.

Source: Nature Publishing Group

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