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Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity

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Originally presented: September 25, 2019

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All TTOs strive for efficiency and consistency when triaging technologies or moving an innovation through the commercialization process, but few actually take the time to map out their procedures. But without Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), your office is prone to splintered communication among staff, less than optimal quality of work, decreased productivity, and a generalized perception of disorganization.  

Well-drafted SOPs document exactly what your office does, who does what, and how it is done most effectively. Though time-consuming to develop, the reward for investing in SOPs is a higher performing and more efficient operation, consistency in recordkeeping, faster integration of new staff, and more — all of which will lead to higher morale and ultimately more licenses and start-ups.

To help you and your staff make the most of SOPs while avoiding potential pitfalls, Tech Transfer Central is sponsoring this detailed, how-to webinar led by the experts at Fuentek, LLC:

Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity

Join Laura A. Schoppe, president and Becky Stoughton, vice president of Fuentek, LLC when they take a deep dive into the best practices for formulating and implementing SOPs and what the pitfalls are of doing business without them. Here is a sneak peek at the program agenda:

  • What are SOPs, and how are they used?
  • Impacts of lack of SOPs on TTOs
  • How SOPs can benefit your operations and performance
  • When and how to develop SOPs
  • User-friendly formats and examples
  • Potential pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Keeping them up to date
  • Case studies

Meet Your Presenters:

Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer services to universities, government labs, and corporations worldwide. Schoppe has an extensive background in all aspects of IP management. She has been a lead negotiator for major licensing agreements, strategic relationships, and collaboration agreements at top universities, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her expertise includes building efficient and effective technology management organizations; IP portfolio management; open innovation; technology marketing and strategic communications; negotiating licenses, collaborative R&D partnerships, sponsored research agreements (SRAs), and other deals; and entrepreneurship training for innovators/researchers. She currently serves as the chair for the board of the AUTM Foundation.

Becky Stoughton is a vice president with Fuentek and a Certified Licensing Professional™. She is a technology transfer executive and entrepreneur with more than 26 years of experience, having been director of the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Texas at Dallas until 2013. Prior to her career in tech transfer, Stoughton founded or was CEO of several Internet and publishing businesses. She also engaged in engineering management and systems engineering in the defense industry. Stoughton has served on the board of TeXchange (a Texas-based organization for technology entrepreneurs), been a member of AUTM and the Licensing Executives Society, and engaged with several angel investor groups.  She has served as a mentor for the New Hampshire startup accelerator Accelerate NH and for the FIRST® Lego® League Jr. STEAM Ahead program.

About Fuentek

Fuentek provides comprehensive technology-related consulting services for leading university, government, and corporate decision makers around the world. Fuentek’s experienced consultants have a broad range of technical expertise, real-world business experience, and unparalleled communications capabilities. The company meets the specific needs of each client, with a commitment to being value-added in its innovation management, strategic consulting, branding and marketing, deal-making, market research, and training services.

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