Pythagoras would find a happy home among the scientists at Research Triangle Institute. Operating mainly under its trade name, RTI International, the not-for-profit enterprise conducts research in such areas as advanced technologies, environmental resources, and medicine. It provides such services as certification, and materials testing, as well as software used in laboratories and research projects. Primarily serving the federal government, RTI International offers analytical perspectives on public policy and has more than 2,800 researchers working in offices around the world. Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established RTI in 1958.
RTI International's main clients are the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Agency for International Development; both agencies collectively accounted for about 65% of the institute's revenue in 2010. RTI's private sector clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Cisco Systems, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, and U.S. News & World Report.
In 2009 RTI acquired Maryland-based MasiMax Resources, strengthening its health research and communication and marketing services. MasiMax was folded into RTI a year later. RTI's other growth plans include building up its life sciences and biotechnology research in health, genetics, and personalized medicine. RTI sold its Technology Assisted Learning unit to Cae Inc. in early 2011. – less