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NASA Tech Briefs to Host Robonaut 2 Webinar on Thursday, June 20

Fuentek Partners with NASA to Develop Strategic Plan for Commercialization of Humanoid Robot

Apex, NC, June 14, 2013 --( Laura A. Schoppe, President of Fuentek, LLC (, a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that NASA Tech Briefs will host a webinar on Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern to discuss commercialization of Robonaut 2 patented and patent-pending technologies. The webinar, “Bringing Space Robotics to Earth Applications,” will feature Dr. Ron Diftler, who served as the Robonaut project lead engineer, and Dave Leestma, who is the manager of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Registration for the webinar is free at

Robonaut 2 is a state-of-the-art humanoid robot composed of multiple technology systems, including dexterous hands, compliant limbs, redundant safety systems and machine vision cameras. Fuentek is working with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office to develop and implement a commercialization strategy to find the best partners and potential licensees to leverage the Robonaut 2 technologies for new commercial applications on Earth in areas such as logistics and distribution, manufacturing, hazardous environments, medical industries and more.

“Robonaut 2 comprises a vast patent portfolio that is relevant to multiple industries and application areas,” said Schoppe. “It’s an exciting project, and Fuentek is honored to be helping NASA bring these new technologies to market quickly and efficiently.”

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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

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