Laura Schoppe, founder of tech transfer consultancy Fuentek, will chair the board of Autm Foundation, which builds awareness and support for initiatives run by Autm.

Laura Schoppe (pictured), founder and president of tech transfer consultancy Fuentek, has been elected chairwoman of Autm Foundation, the funding and awareness-building arm of global tech transfer association Autm.

Schoppe will be tasked with advancing Autm Foundation’s mission, which involves building awareness, relationships and finances in support of Autm and the profession of university technology management.

As chairwoman, Schoppe will support a newly-founded Autm Foundation endowment – the Susan Riley Keys Fellowship – established to help fund the association’s tech transfer career training program.

Schoppe has been a board member at the foundation since 2017, working to expand the tech transfer profession in areas such as opportunity, diversity and professional development.

She was previously Autm’s’s vice-president of strategic alliances from 2011 until 2013, leading the implementation of the association’s Innovation Marketplace, an online directory of active research programs at universities and institutes.

Schoppe founded Fuentek in 2001 to offer best-practice guidance to tech transfer clients including universities as well as companies, governments and nonprofit organisations.

From 1994 until 2001, Schoppe provided technology commercialisation services as a researcher and project manager at multi-university-backed research services organization RTI International, after spending six years at chemicals, aerospace and electronics firm Martin Marietta as an engineer, manager and program manager between 1988 and 1994.

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