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Fuentek President Laura Schoppe Presented at Technology Commercialization Meeting in Portugal

Technology Transfer Consultant Key Panelist at University Technology Enterprise Networks Annual Meeting

Apex, NC, December 20, 2012 --( Fuentek, LLC (, a local technology transfer consulting firm, has announced that president Laura Schoppe presented at the University Technology Enterprise Network’s (UTEN’s) Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal this week. As a member of the board of directors of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Schoppe participated in a panel discussion focusing on the power of technology transfer networks.

Schoppe provided tips to attendees on building their tech transfer network, including specifics of how to leverage AUTM tools, such as the Global Technology Portal ( and the annual meeting, as well as using social networking platforms to disseminate information and connect with relevant marketing targets.

UTEN is a network of scientific and academic institutions in Portugal to foster technology transfer on an international scale. Focused on developing a globally competitive and sustainable technology commercialization infrastructure, UTEN is a component of the UT Austin/Portugal program collaboration for emerging technologies.

“Today we work in a global economy and I was glad to participate in this panel and bring an international perspective to the discussion,” said Schoppe. “Over the years our company has developed an understanding of the importance of a tech transfer network, and many R&D organizations overseas want to introduce their technologies into the U.S. market. It was my pleasure to share best practices and information about AUTM to help UTEN establish an ‘entrance’ strategy.”

- More information about UTEN is available at

- More information about AUTM is available at

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About Fuentek, LLC:
Fuentek, LLC is a consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services to a wide variety of university, government and corporate clients. Drawing upon its unique combination of technical, business and commercialization expertise, Fuentek identifies clients’ promising technologies and assists them in converting their ideas and inventions into marketable products. Fuentek also 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, Fuentek offers training workshops, webinars, white papers, and a comprehensive blog to help clients and other tech transfer professionals improve effectiveness in managing their IP while functioning as proactive and strategic technology transfer offices (TTOs). Recognized as an industry leader and a top woman- and minority-owned small business in North Carolina, the firm has received numerous awards for its work. Fuentek also 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. For more information, please visit Fuentek’s website at or call (919) 249-0327.

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