Koen to chair Annual PDMA/IIR Innovation Event, Boston

Front End of Innovation Conference expecting record attendance

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Peter A. Koen, Associate Professor in the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology, will chair the Fourth Annual Front End of Innovation Conference in Boston, Mass., May 22-24, 2006, organized by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and The Institute for International Research (IIR).

The keynote speaker line-up includes Clayton Christensen, Professor and Author of "The Innovator's Dilemma" and "The Innovator's Solution"; Terry Jones, Founder and Former CEO of Travelocity; Tom Kelley, Author of "The Art of Innovation: Lessons Learned from IDEO" and "Ten Faces of Innovation"; Claudia Kotchka, Vice President of Design Innovation and Strategy at Procter & Gamble; Renee Mauborgne, Professor and Author of "Blue Ocean Strategy"; and many more.

A new front end of innovation blog has also been developed. To participate, please visit http://frontendofinnovation.blogspot.com.

This event is open for registration and space is limited. Group discounts and special rates are available until April 21. For more information and to register, call (888) 670-8200, e-mail register@iirusa.com or visit www.frontendofinnovation.com. Please mention your priority code when registering: XM1804PR2

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About the event organizers
The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier worldwide resource for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of product development and product lifecycle management. Founded in 1976, the PDMA membership is more than 2,200 product development professionals and academics from all sectors of the economy in more than 39 countries worldwide. www.pdma.org

The Institute for International Research (IIR) is the world's largest conference company and has been the leader in the provision of business information for more than 20 years. IIR produces over 5,000 events annually through our network of offices in over 35 countries. For further details please visit us online at www.iirusa.com

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.Stevens.edu.
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