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Innovation Management World Authority, Robert G. Cooper, named CHAMPS Lecturer of the Year 2009

ANCASTER, ONTARIO (January 13, 2010) - The Product Development Institute today announced that its President,  Robert G. Cooper, has been named the CHAMPS ‘Lecturer of the Year 2009’ by the prestigious CHALMERS organization.

As stated in CHALMERS News, December 21, 2009, “Professor Cooper has contributed to numerous CHAMPS management development programs and seminars and his sessions are recurrently highly appreciated and receive top evaluation scores. He has combined practical consulting with ground-breaking research for many years. Award winners are members of CHAMPS faculty who have proven to provide high value to participants through distinguished content and communicative skills and who are responsive and cooperative in the design and delivery of training sessions.”

“This is a real honor for Robert Cooper and for Product Development Institute,” said Michelle Jones, Executive Vice President.  “Designing and delivering high quality executive education is at the heart of our mission to help organizations succeed at improving their product innovation performance.” 

Robert Cooper is the creator of the world’s most widely implemented innovation process, Stage-Gate® and is leading the top-rated executive seminar on Accelerating the Adoption of Stage-Gate Best Practices on April 21-22, 2010 in  Philadelphia, PA. This two-day seminar focuses on how to design and implement an effective and fast-to-market idea-to-launch new product system modeled on the Stage-Gate process. It is based on principles outlined in our best-selling book Winning at New Products: Accelerating the Process from Idea to Launch.

Learn why some companies are so successful at product innovation, why some new products are big winners, and why so many others are not. This information, based on the seminar leaders’ extensive and widely-published research, lead to insights into the ten critical success factors - the ten most important things that separate winners from losers, which you must build into your new product methodology and system.

For more information on bringing Dr. Robert Cooper to your Corporate Event, or Stage-Gate International’s public seminars and training events, please contact or +1-905-637-8793.

About Dr. Robert G. Cooper

Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to his many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process. Now implemented by almost 80% of North American companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+ new product projects in hundreds of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of the most sought-after speakers.

A prolific author, he has published more than 100 academic articles and eleven books, including the best selling Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Dr. Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Technology Management at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA.

Product Development Institute

Product Development Institute

Product Development Institute is dedicated to helping companies improve their approach to new product development and portfolio management. The Institute has conducted some of the world's most comprehensive research and best practices in new product development - research that has led to some of the most important discoveries in product innovation such as: the widely used Stage-Gate® system; the concept of New Product Portfolio Management; and the Innovation Diamond™ Framework.

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