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Monday, Aug 17, 2009 5:00 AM

Research Triangle Park, NC, August 17, 2009- Cathy Hofknecht, vice president of marketing for Geomagic, has received a Women in Business 2009 Award in the Inspiration category from the Triangle Business Journal.

According to the Triangle Business Journal web site, the Inspiration category "honors women leaders who, through their words, actions and attitude, inspire those who work with and around them." In the case of Cathy Hofknecht, the inspiration came from the courage and positive attitude she has shown co-workers, family and friends as she fights cancer.

In her nomination, Adeline Chan, marketing manager at Geomagic, explains why Hofknecht is an inspiration: "Cathy has taught us the importance of enjoying each and every day - especially in the midst of tough times. Her strength, courage, resilience and positive outlook on life never cease to amaze everyone at Geomagic."

Hofknecht was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004. After undergoing a lumpectomy that November, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction a month later. In December 2008, less than three weeks after losing her father to bladder cancer, she was diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer.

Hofknecht underwent surgery in January, followed by 16 weeks of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation, and another surgery in August. She maintained her work and exercise schedule through her entire treatment regimen over the past eight months. Her boundless energy and constant smile provided no indication of what she was going through. She recently finished her treatment and is doing extremely well.

"I am honored to receive this award," says Hofknecht. "It means a tremendous amount to me to be able to serve as an inspiration for others. I hope my story helps others deal with their challenges in life. Whether in business or in our personal lives, we don't always get to choose what happens to us, but we do get to choose how we respond. With a 'can-do' attitude, anything is possible."

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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