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Amgen, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, California USA

Amgen, the world's largest independent biotechnology company, was founded in 1980. Their corporate mission is to be the world leader in developing and delivering important, cost-effective therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology. The Thousand Oaks, California-based company develops drugs for hematology, oncology, bone and inflammatory disorders, and neuroendocrine and neurodegenerative diseases. Its top products are anti-anemia drug Epogen and immune system stimulator Neupogen. Amgen also sells hepatitis C treatment Infergen in the US and Canada and Stemgen, which supports stem cell transplantation, in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.


 

Becton Dickinson and Company
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey USA

Becton Dickinson and Company is one of the world's largest medical technology companies with annual revenues of $2.7 billion in 1995. Becton Dickinson manufactures and markets a broad range of medical supplies and devices and diagnostic systems for use by health care professionals, medical research institutions, and the general public.


 

DuPont I - Technologies
Wilmington, Delaware USA

E.I. du Pont de Nemours (DuPont) conducts business in six major segments: chemicals, fibers, life sciences, polymers, petroleum, and diversified businesses. DuPont is number 15 in the Fortune 500, with 1997 sales of US$39.7 billion. The company operates in 70 countries, with markets outside the US making up about 44% of sales. DuPont also has more than 75 research and development sites worldwide. The part of Dupont that is engaging with the Media Lab is its Photopolymers & Electronic Materials (P&EM) division. P&EM was created in 1996 by an internal reorganization that brought together into one unit the research and development and manufacturing resources devoted to film-based photopolymer products for the electronics and printing industries and the emerging market for holographic materials.


 

engeneOs
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

engeneOS was formed in late 2000 to exploit a tremendous opportunity at the intersection of the biological, physical, and information sciences. By integrating knowledge from the ongoing genomics revolution with cutting edge technologies from the physical and information sciences, the company is pioneering the commercialization of Biomolecular Engineering. engeneOS plans to design and build programmable Biomolecular Devices from both natural and artificial building blocks. These Biomolecular Devices will have a broad range of commercial applications within the areas of biosensing and detection, chemical synthesis and processing, bio-electronic devices and materials, functional genomics and drug discovery.


Motorola, Inc.
Shaumburg, Illinois USA

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, embedded semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics, and computers. Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector sponsors the Motorola DigitalDNA Laboratory at the Media Lab, which focuses on the development and linking together of "smart" products that anticipate the needs of their users to create "things that think and link." The term DigitalDNA defines Motorola's leadership in embedded solutions and the continuous innovations that help create smarter products. Motorola SPS is the world's leading producer of embedded semiconductor solutions, with more than 8 billion in use today. Communications devices, networking and computer systems, automotive electronics, and millions of other products are powered by Motorola embedded solutions. Motorola's 1998 sales were $29.4 billion.


 

NewcoGen Group, Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

NewcoGen Group was formed in late 1999 to focus on creating and developing new ventures in the life science and information technology fields.  NewcoGen applies a systematic entrepreneurial process that is used to identify and develop companies capable of achieving leadership positions in attractive target markets.  New venture concepts are either generated internally or sourced externally from a network of NewcoGen Group advisors, academics, entrepreneurs, venture capital referrals or corporate partners.  


 

The Procter & Gamble Company
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Procter & Gamble is a leading world-wide consumer product company with sales over $33 billion. P&G's product range includes detergents and household cleaning supplies; paper; personal care, beauty care, cosmetic, and fragrance items; over-the-counter drugs; pharmaceuticals; and food and beverage products.


 

Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

The Roche Group is a world leader in research-based healthcare with its principal business activities in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, vitamins, fragrances and flavors. Through the company's Diagnostics Division, innovative products and services are made available to physicians, patients, hospitals, and laboratories world-wide. Roche's purchase of Corange in 1998 made it the world's #1 diagnostics company. Roche Patient Care, a business unit of Diagnostics, is a world leader in the field of diabetes monitoring. The diabetes products from Roche Patient Care include blood glucose systems and urine tests for screening and assessment, diagnosis, therapy monitoring, and patient self-management.


 

Zyomyx, Inc.
Hayward, California USA

Zyomyx, Inc. is a rapidly growing early-stage biotechnology company whose mission is to develop a novel protein-biochip platform technology facilitated by a highly integrated effort in microfabrication, advanced materials and protein biochemistry.




 

3M Worldwide
St. Paul, Minnesota USA

3M is a $16 billion technology company with leading positions in electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, health care, safety and many other markets.


 

Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
Morstel, Belgium

Agfa-Gevaert Group makes and markets photographic and electronic imaging systems for photography, pre-press, and medical imaging processes worldwide.  The firm also makes films, laser imaging systems, and systems for digital radiography.


 

The Gillette Company
Boston, Massachusetts USA

The Gillette Company is the world leader in male grooming products, writing instruments and correction products, toothbrushes and oral care appliances, and is a leading manufacturer of household and haircare appliances. Products are manufactured at 50 facilities in 24 countries and distributed in over 200 countries and territories. 1995 sales were $6.8 billion.


 

Hewlett-Packard Company
Palo Alto, California USA

Hewlett-Packard is an international manufacturer of computers, printers, calculators, test equipment, and medical instruments recognized for their excellence in quality and performance


 

IBM
Armonk, New York USA

As the world's largest information technology company, IBM develops, manufactures and sells advanced technology processing products, including computers and microelectronic technology, software, networking systems and information technology-related services.


 

Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, California USA

With more than 80% of the PC microprocessor market, Intel is the world's leading chip maker.  Intel makes microprocessors, including the powerful Pentium and the low-end Celeron, that have provided the brains for IBM-compatible PCs since 1981.  Intel also provides flash memories and embedded chips for communications, industrial equipment, and military markets. 


 

Lucent Technologies
Murray Hill, New Jersey USA

Lucent Technologies is uniquely positioned to create and lead a new industry category: communications networking and technology. Amid an exploding global market that is expected to total $575 billion in 2000, Lucent is a world leader in designing, building, and delivering a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems, and microelectronic components.


 

Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, Washington USA

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.


 

SCA Research  AB
Sundsvall, Sweden

SCA is an integrated paper company that manufactures hygiene products, packaging, and graphic papers. Europe is SCA's primary market, with ongoing expansion in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and America. SCA is Europe's foremost user of recovered paper with equal quantities of recycled and fresh wood fibers in its products. The company owns 4.4 million acres of productive forest land and conducts extensive sawmill operations based on their wide expertise in wood fiber properties. At the beginning of 1998, employees numbered approximately 33,000 in more than 30 countries. For 1997, the company had a pre-tax operating profit of $687 million on net sales of $7,232 million. Its know-how is used to develop new products characterized by higher added value for private consumers, institutions, industry and trade.


 

Time, Inc.
New York, New York USA

A subsidiary of Time Warner, Time Inc. is the leading US consumer magazine publisher, with more than 35 magazines in its collection (Time, People).  Time has become part of the new AOL Time Warner following American On Line's January 2001 acquisition of Time Warner. AOL Time Warner is the world's first Internet-powered media and communications company, whose industry-leading businesses include interactive services, cable systems, publishing, music, cable networks and filmed entertainment.


 

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan

Japan's #2 printer behind Dai Nippon Printing, Toppan Printing generates about a fourth of its sales through commercial products (posters, catalogs, calendars). It also prints securities and cards (checks, bank passbooks, magnetic cards), publications (magazines, books, CD-ROMs), and packaging products (containers, labels). In addition, Toppan manufactures electronics-related materials (photomasks, color filters, printed wiring boards) and industrial materials (decorative sheeting, wallpaper). The company has operations throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

 

Toshiba Corporation
Tokyo, Japan

Toshiba, a world leader in high technology, is an integrated manufacturer of electrical and electronic products spanning information and communications equipment and systems (PC and other computer systems, storage devices, telecommunications equipment, social automation systems, medical electronics equipment, space related products, etc.), electronic components & materials (semiconductors, electron tubes, optoelectronic devices, liquid crystal displays, batteries, printed circuits boards, etc.), power systems and industrial equipment (industrial apparatus, power generating plants, transportation equipment, elevators & escalators, etc.), and consumer electronics (video and digital home products, home appliances, etc.).




 

 

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British Telecommunications PLC
London, United Kingdom

British Telecommunications (BT) is the UK's leading phone company. BT provides local and long-distance phone service with 28 million access lines, as well as Internet access and other data services.

 

eircom PLC
Dublin, Ireland

Ireland's onetime state-controlled telephone monopoly, Dublin-based eircom was formerly known as Telecom Eireann. eircom's traditional fixed-line business (75% of total sales) maintains more than 1.5 million phone lines providing domestic and international voice and data communications for both the retail and wholesale carrier's markets.  The company has expanded to offer data communications and Internet access, including broadband technology, e-commerce, and multimedia services. Fixed-line operations also include eircom's international presence in Northern Ireland and the UK.


 

LEGO Systems A/S
Billund, Denmark

The LEGO Company is the world leader in providing quality products and experiences that stimulate children's creativity, imagination, and learning. The company has been manufacturing children's toys since 1932. New business categories have been added during recent years. In addition to the well known bricks, LEGO Company now supplies software, clothes, learning materials, and adventure parks. The Denmark headquarters cooperates closely with the company's own development centers in San Francisco, Milan, and London. LEGO Company is privately owned


 

MasterCard International
Purchase, New York USA

MasterCard International, a new member of the Laboratory's Things That Think consortium, is dedicated to helping more than 22,000 financial institutions worldwide offer consumers a variety of payment options. The company remains focused on helping shape the future of money by expanding acceptance of its global brands (including Cirrusİ, the world's largest ATM network), and maintaining reliable, secure networks facilitating global value exchange. MasterCard has nearly 370 million credit and debit cards that are accepted at more than 13 million locations around the world. In 1995, gross dollar volume generated was almost $500 billion.


 

Motorola, Inc.
Shaumburg, Illinois USA

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, embedded semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics, and computers. Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector sponsors the Motorola DigitalDNA Laboratory at the Media Lab, which focuses on the development and linking together of "smart" products that anticipate the needs of their users to create "things that think and link." The term DigitalDNA defines Motorola's leadership in embedded solutions and the continuous innovations that help create smarter products. Motorola SPS is the world's leading producer of embedded semiconductor solutions, with more than 8 billion in use today. Communications devices, networking and computer systems, automotive electronics, and millions of other products are powered by Motorola embedded solutions. Motorola's 1998 sales were $29.4 billion.


 

Swatch AG
Biel, Switzerland

SMH owns internationally recognized watch brands in every market segment, from $10 to $1 million per timepiece: Blancpain, Omega, Rado, Longines, Tissot, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Pierre Balmain, Swatch, Flik Flak, and Lanco. SMH furnishes components to the entire Swiss watch industry and owns a large international distribution system. Under the name Swatch, SMH produces watches, including Swatch Access with a built-in access control function that can be used as a ski pass at most of the world's ski resorts, and Swatch the Beep with a built-in pager. The Swatch car is scheduled for production in 1998.


 

Telmex
Mexico City, Mexico

Telmex is a world-class telecommunications company that provides total telecommunications solutions to its clients: Local and long distance wire service, wireless communications, multimedia network for video, audio and data, network engineering, digital wireless network access, and Internet.  Based in Mexico City, Telmex is currently positioned as the regional market leader in Telecommunications, with a presence in Mexico, The United States, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.  Formerly owned by the Mexican Government, Telmex was privatized in 1990. With the participation of Carso Global Telecom, France Telecom and Southwestern Bell, Telmex is positioned to remain at the forefront of telecommunications in the Americas.


 

The United States Postal Service
Washington D.C. USA

The world's largest delivery organization, the United States Postal Service handles some 200 billion pieces of mail a year--more than 40 percent of the world's mail volume. Its 800,000 employees, supported by more than 250,000 vehicles, serve 133 million addresses from almost 40,000 postal facilities, every delivery day. The Postal Service's 1999's operating revenue of almost $63 billion came from the sale of postal products and services. The organization has not received an operating appropriation from Congress since 1982. With an unrivalled delivery, transportation, and retail network--as well as electronic access to many services--the Postal Service has a presence in virtually every community in the nation, providing prompt, affordable, universal service to everyone, everywhere, every day.