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Fuentek Senior Consultant To Address 59th Annual International Astronautical Congress

(September 10, 2008)

Nannette Stangle-Castor

Nannette Stangle-Castor

APEX, N.C. – Dr. Nannette Stangle-Castor, senior consultant with the firm, will speak at the 59th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. In her speech, titled “Understand-Address-Present: A New Product Development Approach to Open Innovation (link opens new browser window) ,” Dr. Stangle-Castor will address the value of open innovation when engaging in collaborative research and development. She will discuss how following a three-step approach similar to that used in new product development can be effective when communicating the importance of open innovation, and she will explain how this method has been implemented by NASA and industry leaders. IAC is the world's oldest organization devoted solely to supporting and promoting the exploration of space and astronautics.

Dr. Stangle-Castor leads partnership development and is the technical lead for life science efforts at Fuentek. Her key clients include the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Stennis Space Center and the University of Iowa. Dr. Stangle-Castor’s recent efforts include prioritizing portfolios of more than 250 life science technologies each for two major research universities; developing a user’s guide for technology infusion for NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program; and designing, implementing and executing on a streamlined online submission process for the Partnership Seed Fund out of NASA’s IPP. She also has developed and implemented submission and evaluation processes for multiple funding opportunities at NASA Goddard that resulted in millions of dollars of additional revenue and research and development support for NASA Goddard scientists.

“We are excited that Nannette will be able to share her extensive knowledge at the 2008 International Astronautical Congress,” said Schoppe. “The event is an excellent opportunity for the global space industry, academic researchers and students worldwide to gain an international perspective on the latest ideas, activities and ambitions across a diverse range of space-related topics.”

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