Innovative Nano Technologies and Universal Incentive for Tomorrow Laboratories was the brainchild of Jacob Riker and his late wife. After years of building and preparing, Doctor Riker was able to build in Bay City, and as a result the city has grown and enjoyed a boom of technological growth. At least it had. Until last year, when INTUIT Labs controversial particle accelerator went online and within 15 minutes it had exploded in a light show the likes of which has never been seen before or since.
The physical damage, while minimal thanks to the quick thinking of Doctor Riker's team of specialists, is an ever present reminder of how far this giant has fallen. The social and professional damage, on the other hand was catastrophic. All military and government projects were withdrawn from INTUIT Labs, and most of their allied companies have also distanced themselves as well. INTUIT Labs still holds the patents to many inventions and advances in popular use, so are nowhere near going out of business fully, but their days as a lead in the scientific fields is, at least for now, at an end.