Our Most Valuable Resource

Without the sustaining support of its member companies, CIMS would be unable to carry on its mission. The arrangement is mutually beneficial. Membership in CIMS comes with many valuable benefits, including:

  • Access to academic and industry Fellows and their research/contacts
  • Member networking
  • Industry-segment exclusivity
  • Unique assessments and tools
  • Opportunities to participate in member sponsored and custom  research
  • Custom training, classes and workshops
  • A subscription to the CIMS newsletter and access to research publications

Put your company on the innovation management fast-track. Contact CIMS for more information.

Air Products & Chemicals

Based in Allentown, Pa., Air Products & Chemicals is a Fortune 500 company that provides products and services related to gases and chemicals to customers in the industrial and health care sectors. It has operations in 40 countries and annual sales of approximately $10 billion. Learn more.

American Coatings Association

American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization, that is working to protect and advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry, along with the professionals that are a part of that industry. Based out of Washington, DC, the organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. The association also devotes itself to advancing industry efforts with regard to product stewardship, through its signature Coating Care® resources, and focuses on advancements in science and technology through its technical conferences and journals, as well as online training opportunities. Learn More

BASF Plant Sciences

BASF – the Chemical Company – consolidated all its plant biotechnology activities in BASF Plant Science in 1998. BASF Plant Science forms the industry’s leading research and technology platform, employing approximately 700 people. Successfully established numerous complementary cooperations with research institutes, universities and biotechnology companies around the world. Its employees are working to optimize crops for more efficient agriculture, renewable raw materials and healthier nutrition. Learn more.

Bell and Howell

Headquartered in Durham, N.C., Bell and Howell is a pioneer of production mail inserting and sorting systems. Its competencies in service, software and hardware technologies support customer communications and commerce in print, mail and parcels operations and information infrastructure. It serves customers in a wide variety of industries, including banking, insurance, telecommunications, public utilities, postal, freight, governments and print and mail service bureaus. The company has one of the largest technical service organizations in the industry across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Learn more.

Kelly Services, Inc.

Kelly Services, Inc., is a leader in providing  workforce solutions. Kelly® offers a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire basis. Serving clients around the globe, the company provides employment to 550,000 people annually and posted revenue of $5.6 billion in 2011. In 2012, Kelly established an Office of Innovation at its Michigan headquarters to help define the next generation of workforce solutions. Learn more.

BRI International

BioResource International (BRI) is a Research Triangle Park-based biotechnology company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of high-performance enzymes that help poultry and swine producers optimize animal nutrition. BRI’s vision is to harness the natural power of enzymes to make a difference in the world. The company, which was founded in 1999, has developed a strong portfolio of intellectual property in novel enzymes. BRI’s internal research initiatives are complemented by partnerships and sponsorships with leading animal and poultry science research institutions. Learn more.

Inivata, a global clinical cancer genomics company, employs the precision of circulating tumor DNA analysis to improve personalized healthcare. Inivata’s world leading expertise, cutting-edge technology, and advanced bioinformatics analysis can detect and characterize cancer-related mutations and enable non-invasive testing at multiple points along the cancer care cycle. The company, based in Cambridge, England, with offices in Research Triangle Park, is a resource for oncologists as they select therapies, monitor treatment, and detect resistance mutations as they emerge. Learn more.

Syngenta is a Switzerland-based agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, its 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. The company’s U.S. operations are based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Learn more.


Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company, that is based out of Kingsport, Tennessee, and currently employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. They produce a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day - serving over 100 countries world wide. Learn More


i2m, which stands for “innovation to market,” is a spinoff of MANN+HUMMEL, a leading international developer and supplier of filtration systems.  i2m, based in Raleigh, NC, is focused on fast and effective new market entry.  It manufactures and distributes high-value filtration/separation innovations for the clean air & water, energy, and life science markets. Learn more.

National Broadcasters Association

The National Association of Broadcasters is the voice for the nation's radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of its members in federal government, industry and public affairs. It also improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting as well as encouraging content and technology innovation. Additionally it spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities.

NAB delivers value to its members through advocacy, education and innovation. Learn more.

Pentair Water Pool and Spa


As the global leader in swimming pool, spa and aquatic equipment, Pentair has built a reputation as the innovation leader, providing high performance, reliable and energy-efficient products that pool owners and operators can depend on to make their pools more inviting, easier to maintain, from the smallest backyard pool to the largest water environments. Learn More.

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions

Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is retail’s first choice for integrated in-store solutions. The leading supplier of point-of-sale systems with a worldwide install base larger than any three major competitors combined, Toshiba is committed to delivering innovative commerce solutions that transform checkout, provide seamless consumer interactions and optimize retail operations.  Toshiba, along with our global team of dedicated business partners, provides end-to-end solutions, service and support that help clients meet virtually any retail technology need. Learn more.