Fuentek President to Participate in Webinar on Open Innovation Best Practices for University TTOs

Laura Schoppe Discusses Best Practices for Open Innovation and A Shared-Risk, Shared-Reward Model for University TTOs on April 19.

Apex, NC, April 06, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Fuentek, LLC (http://www.fuentek.com/), a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that President Laura Schoppe will serve as a panelist for a webinar hosted by Technology Transfer Tactics on Open Innovation Best Practices For University Tech Transfer on Friday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Schoppe, together with Charles Johnson-Bey, Ph.D., corporate open innovation program manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Kevin Wozniak, executive director of the Office of Industry Engagement at Georgia Institute of Technology, will define open innovation from the corporate, university and government agency perspective. The panel will also discuss the multiple models of open innovation and identify risks associated with open innovation agreements, in addition to discussing other growing trends in university tech transfer.

With nearly 20 years of experience in IP management, Schoppe has established an impressive track record of success in helping university, corporate and government clients manage their technology proactively, efficiently and effectively. For example, she developed a successful systematic procedure at NASA for identifying “spin-in” partners for collaborative R&D. She also has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. She has presented and written extensively on open innovation–related topics, beginning with papers at the 2005 and 2006 International Astronautical Congress. She currently serves on the strategic advisory board for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.

“As R&D budgets continue to be cut, it is important for universities to employ concepts like open innovation in order to streamline processes,” said Schoppe. “Working with Technology Transfer Tactics to help university TTOs is an honor, and I look forward to sharing my best practices for open innovation processes during the webinar.”

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-Webinar is hosted by Technology Transfer Tactics. To register, visit: http://www.technologytransfertactics.com/content/audio/oibp/

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. Most notably, Fuentek has served as the strategic and technology transfer consultant for NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program with Laura as the principal investigator for the $30M, 5-year contract. 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. She served as the 2011–13 vice president of strategic alliances for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

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 six 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.

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