The InVentures Group Founder and CEO Tapped to Judge 2013 R&D 100 Awards

Buffalo, NY – June 25, 2013 – The InVentures Group announced today that Founder and CEO, Keith Blakely has been invited to judge the Materials Sciences category of the 2013 R&D 100 Awards.

As a seasoned serial entrepreneur and two-time winner of the R&D 100 Award himself, Blakely brings a unique perspective and in-depth knowledge of the high technology industry and advances in materials science.

Blakely was first honored with the R&D 100 Award in 1979 for his work on neutron absorbing coatings for spent nuclear fuel storage structures while working at the Carborundum Company in Niagara Falls, NY. He received his second award in 1986 while CEO of Advanced Refractory Technologies (ART) for the development of an emergency “shut down” ceramic composite developed in less than a week’s time in response to the melt-down that occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear facility in the former Soviet Union.

“I am honored to have been invited to be a judge for the Materials Sciences category of the 2013 R&D 100 Awards. As a two-time winner, I understand the prestige of these awards and the highly competitive work involved in achieving this success. The R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence in innovation and I am humbled by the opportunity to help identify some of the most significant advances and accomplishments that are shaping the future of materials sciences,” says Blakely.

The 2013 R&D 100 Award winners will be announced in the September issue of R&D Magazine. Awards will be presented at the R&D 100 Banquet and Awards Presentation on November 7, 2013.

About the R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation”, the R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.