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Fuentek Publishes White Paper On Centralizing University Technology Transfer Offices

Paper Provides Best Practices For Centralizing, Coordinating And Consolidating TTOs

(March 17, 2011)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, a local technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology transfer services, has announced the release of the company’s white paper, Best Practices in Centralization, Coordination, and Consolidation in University Technology Transfer Offices. Written by Schoppe, the paper is intended to benefit major research universities, particularly multi-campus state schools, as well as federal laboratories and other large institutions.
Based on more than 15 years of first-hand experience, the paper asserts that a certain level of centralization, coordination, and consolidation greatly aids in the efficiency and effectiveness of university technology transfer programs. Schoppe outlines specific guidance for achieving tech transfer centralization within a single campus, coordination of the program across multiple campuses, and certain types of consolidation across multiple campuses.

“It is absolutely essential that on-campus tech transfer offices exist; however, we have found that significant efficiencies and cost savings can be achieved through cross-campus coordination and even consolidation,” said Schoppe. “We recognize that this is a controversial topic that is fraught with political sensitivities. But the fact is that cross-campus consolidation of certain tech transfer functions allows the process to be more proactive and ensures that the institution’s resources are consistently directed at the innovations with the greatest potential for commercialization success.”


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Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management 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. In 2005 and 2006, recognized Fuentek as one of the top 50 women-owned businesses in North Carolina. Laura also has more than 12 years of successful experience in spearheading research for several defense contractors, as well as 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. As a result of her expertise, 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.

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