… In the 2013-14 school year alone, universities executed nearly 6,900 licenses or options with industry. For the Triangle, N.C. State University, Duke University and UNC–Chapel Hill did not play a prominent role in that kind of activity. That’s despite the universities lassoing billions of dollars in research funding from state and federal governments…. “Our universities are among the best in the nation at attracting research dollars, and yet our licensing and innovation on the back end does not equate,” says Laura Schoppe, founder and president of Fuentek, which provides intellectual property management consulting services.