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Department of Commerce-backed Organization will Highlight Non-Profit Listings on the iBridge Network

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The iBridge(SM) Network, a program of the not-for-profit Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., today announced that it will include innovations from the USA National Innovation Marketplace on its web site in order to provide researchers and businesses with access to even more of the latest scientific advancements. Supported by the US Department of Commerce's NIST/MEP Network and Eureka! Ranch International, the Marketplace accelerates innovation by facilitating communication between buyers and sellers of innovation, giving inventors access to investors, distributors, contract manufacturers and R&D experts. Marketplace listings from non-profit organizations will coexist on the iBridge Network, allowing for even more exposure and collaboration opportunities.

"There is a natural synergy between the USA National Innovation Marketplace and the iBridge Network," said Lesa Mitchell, director of the iBridge Network. "We both are working to drive research to the marketplace and we are thrilled to be able to achieve that goal together."

With more than 100 organizations contributing over 10,700 innovations on the site, the iBridge Network is the destination of choice for university researchers, entrepreneurs and industry to share and discover best practices and research across a variety of topic areas. Universities and non-profit organizations use the site to distribute and license a variety of items, including software, research tools, databases, teaching materials, surveys, reference materials and patent-protected technologies.

"Posting the innovations from our site on the iBridge Network was a logical next step as we strive to give our members as much exposure as possible," said Doug Hall, CEO of the Eureka! Ranch, administrator of USA National Innovation Marketplace. "The Network's reputation, reach and impressive membership made them an ideal partner to work with."

Unlike IP portals and other Web sites, the iBridge Network was created for the sole purpose of providing researchers with a place to promote ideas, connect with other experts and share existing tools while providing industry experts a place to find the newest innovations with endless potential. Whether high profile research topics or lesser known niche areas of expertise, the iBridge Network provides equal opportunity for all research with no emphasis on transaction values or dollar amounts. The iBridge Network does not profit from any member transactions.

About the USA National Innovation Marketplace

The USA National Innovation Marketplace is a service of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) a national network with hundreds of specialists who understand the needs of small and medium-size manufacturers. They have worked with thousands of manufacturers delivering $1.44 billion in cost savings annually and $10.5 billion in increased or retained sales in year one. As a part of their National Innovation Marketplace, they are a field force that can help businesses and individuals connect and accelerate their growth.

About the iBridge(SM) Network

The iBridge(SM) Network is an innovation catalyst with a vibrant, online community enabling universities, companies and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and license tomorrow's research, products and services. Many of the nation's leading research institutions utilize the iBridge(SM) Network regularly to promote, share and advance their innovations and identify appropriate partners. The iBridge(SM) Network is a program of the Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. To learn more, please visit, e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 800-573-5136.

SOURCE iBridge Network

Original Article: The iBridge Network Teams Up with the USA National Innovation Marketplace