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Space-Age Aerogel for Thermal Insulation: NASA Webinar June 19th

folded-aerogelOn Thursday, June 19th at 2pm EDT, companies in the thermal insulation industry have a chance to learn about a cutting-edge aerogel technology developed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. This amazing polyimide material, which is available for license from NASA, offers significant improvements over silica-based aerogel. Learn more and access registration for the June 19th webinar here. Continue reading

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When You Know the Answer, Stop Asking: Stories from the Field

U turnWhen moving from the screening into the assessment phase of IP management, it’s important to keep an open mind—and open ears—during the market-based assessment. I say “ears” because Fuentek assessments include interviews with industry experts, which provide extremely valuable market information that guides decisions about how, where, and when—or even whether—to begin marketing the technology. Listening carefully to what industry experts have to say about the market’s needs with respect to the technology lets you know which action is most appropriate. And in some cases, this means not merely holding off on marketing but actually stopping the assessment early. Let’s take a look at a real-world example. Continue reading

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Look before You Leap into Tech Marketing

Dead End Ahead traffic signAs we have been getting ready for the “Stop Reacting, Start Proacting” webinar, we’ve been recalling some of our experiences over the years conducting market-based technology assessments. These experiences have taught us the importance of carefully considering the market’s view of a technology before launching into marketing. For example, Fuentek’s rapid screening of a polishing technique for optics showed potential for use in mirrors, lenses, and molds for optical components. Based on the screening, we ranked the technology’s commercialization potential as medium-high, and the client agreed it was worth moving on to the next step: a market-based technology assessment. Continue reading

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Helping Innovators Understand Their Supporting (and Essential) Role in Tech Transfer

I just returned from a fantastic trip to conduct a technology transfer training session for inventors at NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC). I led a session for some of GRC’s brightest and best—those developing new innovations to meet the challenges faced by NASA missions. We wanted to give these innovators information about how the technologies they develop can be used beyond what they originally envisioned—and how they play a key role in the technology transfer processes of licensing and partnering. Continue reading

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Scratching Beneath the Surface of Collaborative R&D Partnerships

The flow chart below merges together what Henry Chesbrough describes as the two parts of open innovation -— outside-in and inside-out. We have a several recommendations for proceeding systematically and proactively. Let’s scratch just a little bit beneath the surface of … Continue reading

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Forming R&D Partnerships: 8 Keys to Success

Karen Hiser’s recent post about qualifying prospects in order to get to a licensing deal was also reminiscent of our experiences with helping Fuentek clients get to collaborative R&D partnership deals. Although in many ways these deal-making processes overlap, things … Continue reading

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Excerpts from “The New Small” by Phil Simon

TheNewSmallThe following text was published in The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies by Phil Simon. We are grateful to Phil for profiling Fuentek in his book and for granting us permission to reprint this excerpt.
… [Laura] Schoppe founded her company in February of 2001 and embraced a virtual workforce from day one. The cost savings from not maintaining a proper office are self-evident. Her staff consists of a variety of folks: pure techies, editors, and graphic designers. She hires only those with a keen sense of business as well as solid technical skills. These people are critical in assessing the commercial viability of a particular application and meeting her clients’ needs. Continue reading

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NASA’s Compact, Lightweight Gas Sensor Available for Licensing

NASA photo Innovators at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a compact, lightweight gas sensor that the agency’s technology transfer program is making available for licensing. Using interferometric and spectroscopic techniques, the sensor measures gas density, temperature, species determination, … Continue reading

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