Noblis is a nonprofit research corporation headquartered in Annandale, Virginia. The firm performs scientific research and engineering with clients in the federal, state, and private sectors. The companys scientists, engineers, and researchers in business areas of health care, national security, transportation, sustainability, energy, environment, and climate, and enterprise transformation. The company, formerly known as Mitretek Systems, was a spin-off from the MITRE Corporation. In 1996, Mitretek Systems was formed as a nonprofit corporation with a charter to perform research and engineering science and technology as a spin-off from the MITRE Corporation. Between 1996 and 2006, Mitretek Systems focused on national security threats, chemical and biological warfare, biometrics, electronic transactions, traffic congestion, patient safety, environmental sustainability, and renewed energy resources. Mitretek sponsored research projects included: analyzing and implementing technologies to keep information secure on the Internet, communicating voice and data by using Internet Protocol in the event of a national emergency, developing gaming technologies for first responders, and creating sick city scenarios to understand what happens during a naturally occurring, or terrorist-instigated biological event. The organization changed its name to Noblis in 2007.