Fuentek, LLC Announces Expansion to Washington, D.C.

Technology Transfer Firm’s Presence in Nation’s Capital Led by Dartmouth MBA Danielle McCulloch.

Apex, NC, August 24, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC (http://www.fuentek.com/), a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that the firm has expanded to include consultants in Washington, D.C. The relocation of Fuentek’s Danielle McCulloch, a senior technology transfer consultant, helps the company meet the needs of clients in and around the nation’s capital, solidifying Fuentek’s role as a key authority on technology transfer to and from government agencies. The move also allows Fuentek to strengthen its relationships with tech transfer offices at area corporations and universities.

Since joining the Fuentek team in 2008, McCulloch’s skill and experience have proved invaluable in client and other strategic business relationships. She has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening tech transfer intern programs at several universities, and has conducted numerous training sessions on tech transfer topics. She has also led Fuentek’s consulting services at several federal laboratories. McCulloch is particularly skilled at examining IP portfolios in order to identify the technologies with the greatest potential for commercialization success, and developing and implementing an effective marketing strategy based on that information. Her fields of technical expertise are broad, ranging from manufacturing and advanced materials to high-tech medical devices.

“Expanding to Washington, D.C., is an exciting opportunity for Fuentek,” said Schoppe. “Danielle’s skills will allow her to serve as a strong resource for government agencies involved in federal funding and tech transfer initiatives. Being at the center of national government operations allows Fuentek easier interaction with agencies and in turn will yield better services to our clients.”

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

-McCulloch recently moderated a panel discussion on social media at the annual meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) in Pittsburgh which included panelists from the Department of Energy and NASA. For more information on the panel visit: http://www.fuentek.com/blog/2012/05/federal-techtransfer-social-media-efforts/

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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 http://www.fuentek.com.

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