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Fuentek Technology Transfer Consultant to Speak About Intern Programs at AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting

Danielle McCulloch Invited to Join Panel to Discuss Role of Interns in University Technology Commercialization

Apex, NC, February 22, 2012 --( Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC (, a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that Danielle McCulloch, a senior technology transfer consultant, will speak on a panel titled, “Frequently Asked Questions about Intern Programs,” on Saturday, March 17 at the Association of University Technology Managers® (AUTM) 2012 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Interns can be a valuable asset for a technology transfer office, but success requires proper structuring and a significant investment in training and mentoring. The panel will explore intern programs in the technology transfer field and will consider how these programs meet goals set by the organizations that offer them.

Joining McCulloch on the panel are Kimberlynn B. Davis, Ph.D., of McKeon Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC; Stephen J. Susalka, Ph.D., from Wake Forest University Health Sciences; and Patrick Twomey, Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute. Emory University’s Cory Acuff will serve as moderator.

McCulloch has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening tech transfer intern programs at several universities and has conducted numerous training sessions on tech transfer topics. As a practitioner, Danielle is particularly skilled at examining IP portfolios to identify the technologies with the greatest potential for commercialization success and then developing and implementing an effective marketing strategy. Her fields of technical expertise are very broad, ranging from manufacturing to advanced materials to high-tech medical devices.

"There has been much buzz throughout the technology transfer industry about using MBA candidates and other graduate students as resources for technology transfer offices, and Danielle is in a position to discuss the pros and cons of committing to such an internship program," said Schoppe. “She will offer AUTM attendees insights into best practices that benefit both the students and the office.”

- Danielle McCulloch earned her MBA at Dartmouth College, and she holds a BS in chemical engineering from Washington University.

- Fuentek has become a leader in the development of internship programs for technology transfer offices and has published extensively on the topic, including the white paper, Developing an Effective Internship Program for Your University’s Technology Transfer Office. To download this paper and view Fuentek’s other insights, visit

- AUTM serves a global network of more than 3,500 technology transfer professionals in the academic, research, government and private sectors. To join AUTM, visit

- The AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting is a four-day educational and networking event for technology transfer professionals and newcomers to the field. It will be held at the Anaheim Marriot in Anaheim, Calif. from March 14-17. For registration information, visit

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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 and webinars, 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 six 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. Schoppe serves on the Association of University Technology Managers® (AUTM) board of directors as vice president of strategic alliances. For more information, please call (919) 249-0327 or visit Fuentek’s website at

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