Fuentek Publishes White Paper on Centralizing University Technology Transfer Offices

Paper Provides Best Practices for Centralizing, Coordinating and Consolidating TTOs

Apex, NC, March 19, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC (http://www.fuentek.com/), a local technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology transfer services, has announced the release of the company’s white paper, Best Practices in Centralization, Coordination, and Consolidation in University Technology Transfer Offices. Written by Schoppe, the paper is intended to benefit major research universities, particularly multi-campus state schools, as well as federal laboratories and other large institutions.

Based on more than 15 years of first-hand experience, the paper asserts that a certain level of centralization, coordination, and consolidation greatly aids in the efficiency and effectiveness of university technology transfer programs. Schoppe outlines specific guidance for achieving tech transfer centralization within a single campus, coordination of the program across multiple campuses, and certain types of consolidation across multiple campuses.

“It is absolutely essential that on-campus tech transfer offices exist; however, we have found that significant efficiencies and cost savings can be achieved through cross-campus coordination and even consolidation,” said Schoppe. “We recognize that this is a controversial topic that is fraught with political sensitivities. But the fact is that cross-campus consolidation of certain tech transfer functions allows the process to be more proactive and ensures that the institution’s resources are consistently directed at the innovations with the greatest potential for commercialization success.”

- This paper can be viewed at: http://www.fuentek.com/downloads/CentralizingUnivTTOsPaper-Final.pdf

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About Fuentek, LLC:
Fuentek, LLC is a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology transfer services. With a specialization in technology commercialization and the Symbiotic Innovation approach to open innovation, Fuentek works with a wide variety of clients to identify promising technologies and assist them in converting their ideas and inventions into marketable products. Drawing upon its unique combination of technical, business and commercialization expertise, the firm is one of the largest NASA contractors in North Carolina and has helped organizations around the world find the technology they need through licensing as well as collaborative research and development (R&D) partnerships. Led by President Laura A. Schoppe, a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Triangle Business Journal Women In Business award, Fuentek also offers training workshops, guidebooks, white papers, and websites to help clients and other tech transfer professionals improve effectiveness in managing their intellectual property. Recognized as a top women- and minority-owned small business in North Carolina for the past five consecutive years, Fuentek has been featured on National Public Radio and in the book The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies. The firm has received numerous awards for its work, including an entrepreneurial Pinnacle Business Award from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call (919) 249-0327 or visit Fuentek’s website at http://www.fuentek.com.

About Laura A. Schoppe:
Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm she established in 2001 that provides intellectual property and technology transfer services with a specialization in technology commercialization. In her role as president, Laura is responsible for managing relationships as well as establishing strategic client plans and conducting training workshops for clients. She has an extensive background in all aspects of intellectual property management, particularly leading license negotiation activities from transition innovations to new products. She has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities and government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. Prior to establishing Fuentek, Laura spearheaded successful research for several defense contractors. Laura has been selected to speak at several national and international conferences and has published many papers and book chapters. In 2008 Laura was recognized as one of the Triangle’s top 25 businesswomen with Triangle Business Journal’s prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills in the innovation category.

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