A former NASA engineer (2013 Engineering Alumnus of the Year, Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics) with 20+ years in private law practice before moving to The Johns Hopkins University where he spent eight (8) years in the General Counsel’s office responsible for intellectual property and complex business law.
In 2006, Wes became Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, where he led a formerly struggling office to seven consecutive years of growth, transforming the office into one of the strongest in the US.
Principal at Blakeslee, LLC., a consulting and legal firm providing legal, advisory and recruiting services to universities, university startups, corporations, inventors and entrepreneurs in matters of technology transfer operations, intellectual property, policy, business formation, moving technology to market, and sourcing qualified tech transfer and general counsel personnel.
Forty years of experience in corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, complex business deals including license and other agreements involving intellectual property, acquisition of IT (lead university attorney in negotiations acquiring a university and health-system-wide enterprise resource management (ERM) software system).
Expertise includes negotiations, operations, troubled entity turnaround, university policies, collaborations, tech transfer operations, copyright fair use, complex sponsored research and collaboration agreements, material transfer agreements, export controls.
Former Director, Cornell U. TTO; President, Cornell Research Foundation. Managed TTO staff of 30+; now President of BioProperty Strategy Group, Inc. an international IP management and technology commercialization consulting firm
Expert Arbiter for the International Licensing Platform –Vegetable Breeding Industry.
Founder and Board Member, Business Innovation Center, Ithaca, New York; created/launched 30+ companies based on Cornell IP; recruited entrepreneurs to start new Cornell ventures; and on these Board of Directors: Transonic, Inc., BioWorks, Inc., Greensprings, Inc., Yellow Barn, Inc.
Sr. Advisor, USAID Agri-Innovation Program; tech transfer capacity-building at Indian universities; Lead Expert, Global IP capacity-building project for International Intellectual Property Institute targeting the Philippines; Advisor to USIMP (Turkish university/industry consortium) on technology transfer; and Advisor, World Bank; assessing biotechnology as economic development strategy in developing countries.
Adjunct faculty: Cornell U., U. of New Hampshire, School of Law and Key faculty, courses in IP management, tech transfer/entrepreneurship in India, Japan, Colombia, Chile, Qatar, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, and Morocco.
Expert in numerous patent infringement litigations. Advisor on technology commercialization to governments of Thailand, Qatar, Colombia, , Chile, Jamaica, Brazil, Bahamas, and the State of Michigan.
MS in bioprocess analysis, Montana State; PhD in Natural Resources, Cornell U.
Over 40 years of business and product development experience and has held positions at E.I. DuPont, PPG Industries, Ciba-Geigy, Michigan State University and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties; where he was responsible for the development and transfer of advanced manufacturing technology; formulation and execution of new business entry plans; financial and market evaluations of acquisitions; national sales and market management; growth of community economic development strategies; and sourcing, screening, evaluation, marketing, patenting, valuation, negotiating, and licensing of inventions.
Twice elected as a governing Trustee of the Licensing Executive Society (LES); appointed as an international delegate to the LES International Society governing board; has been elected as chair of the Composites Manufacturing Association; was Vice President Technology for the Association of Finishing Processes of SME; and is Past Education Chair of SME Local Chapter 109. He was a founder and President of the Capital Enterprise Forum; Past Secretary of the Mid-Michigan Technical Council; and was on the Council of the Technology Commercialization Program (TCP) of the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) in Amman Jordan.
Consults on technology transfer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), SAIC, P&G Inc., Department of Commerce, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), NSF, EPA, and many others. He has authored numerous papers and is an invited international lecturer on technology transfer, product development, and implementing advanced manufacturing technology.
Holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering, a Master in Business Administration, and a Certified Licensing Professional™ certification (Certification Number 1279).