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Fuentek Publishes White Paper On Commercialization of Federally Funded Research

Paper Provides Successful Technology Transfer Model

(January 30, 2012)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, a local technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer services, has announced the release of the company’s white paper, A Roadmap for Commercializing Federally Funded Research: Guidance for Universities and Government Lab Technology Transfer. Written by Laura Schoppe, president at Fuentek, the paper was prompted by a March 2010 request for information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council.

The white paper contains information about a filtering process that allows for proactive technology management proceeding in phases, including multiple examples of the successful implementation of this model. Recommendations are provided for implementing this model in technology transfer offices (TTOs).

The practices, model, and implementation plan outlined in the paper are applicable to all types of organizations, including universities, government labs, and private companies. They also apply to all types of innovations, from computer software and manufacturing systems to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to advanced materials and electronics, developed under all types of funding programs—federal grants and contracts, agency budgets, university endowments, venture capital, corporate internal R&D, and so forth.

“We have strong evidence for the success of the Fuentek Filtering Process,” said Schoppe. “The goal of this white paper is to help technology transfer offices follow this proactive, phased approach and have an effective and efficient means for filtering through the dozens—or even hundreds—of innovations they receive each year so that they can give priority to those technologies with the greatest potential for commercial, humanitarian, or other impact.”


- This paper can be downloaded free by registering.

- Author Schoppe 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. She presents often at national and international tech transfer conferences and has published many papers and book chapters.

- Schoppe serves on the Association of University Technology Managers® (AUTM) (link opens new browser window) board of directors as vice president of strategic alliances.  

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