Research Analyst

Carolina Startup Services
919.843.3323

109 Church St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Campus Box 4105


Cynthia (Cindy) Reifsnider joined OTC in 2016. She oversees the Market Landscape and Funding Opportunities Research services, for which she is the lead patent researcher, and assists researchers and entrepreneurs in developing patent strategy. She also manages UNC’s Startup Metrics database to track progress of the commercial and social success of our university-born firms. She has broad subject matter expertise across business and sciences. She is knowledgeable in multiple types of information research and analysis, including patents, scientific/technical literature, business and markets. She holds a Master of Science in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Meteorology from UNC-Asheville. Previously Cindy worked at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, at Hewlett-Packard, and at Virginia Tech (working with Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology), where she also supported R&D and commercialization efforts for new business creation.

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