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Kevin Arst

Kevin ArstKevin Arst has been an active member of LES (USA & Canada) since 2006. He has served as a Co-Chair of the San Francisco Chapter, a Co-Chair of the Valuation & Taxation Committee, and as a founding member of the LES Insights Editorial Board. He is currently serving as the LES Treasurer.

Kevin is a Managing Director of 284 Partners. Before joining 284 Partners, Kevin worked as a Managing Director of Ocean Tomo, where he managed their San Francisco office. Before Ocean Tomo, Kevin also worked at InteCap (now Charles River Associates) as a consultant and at Electronic Data Systems (now Hewlett Packard) as a financial analyst.

Kevin is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of California. He is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin graduated from Indiana University with a degree in finance.

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Rich Baker
Trustee at Large
Rich BakerRichard A. Baker, Jr. joined LES (USA & Canada) a dozen years ago, and is one of the first Certified Licensing Professionals. Rich currently serves as a Trustee at Large. He previously served as the LES Trustee for eLearning and coordinates the Webinar Wednesday educational programs. Mr. Baker played a key role in the success of the IP100 Executive Forum, serving as the Outreach Chair and coorganizer on each of the IP100 programs. Rich also spent two years in 2005-2007 as the Co-Chair of the Licensing Office Structure and Management Committee. His wife and son are frequent assistants in the Registration Booth for LES meetings.

As President of New England Intellectual Property, LLC, Rich Baker founded the organization and built NEIP into a busy consulting practice, focusing on patent licensing, patent brokerage, intellectual property risk assessments, and expert testimony on intellectual property licensing practice. Prior to NEIP, Mr. Baker served 3Com Corporation as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing. Baker was responsible for the licensing program of over 1,400 U.S. patents. At 3Com, the Licensing Department received the 2009 Licensing Achievement Award. Before joining 3Com, Mr. Baker was the Director of Intellectual Property at Schneider Automation, a division of Schneider Electric, a $10 billion French conglomerate specializing in electrical distribution and industrial automation.

Mr. Baker's graduate studies include Intellectual Property at Franklin Pierce Law Center and Computer Science at Harvard University. He holds a B.S. in computer science and English as a dual major at the University of New Hampshire, where he also minored in electrical engineering. Rich is also a Distinguished Toastmaster and a member of the U.S. Patent Bar.

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Ned Barlas
Vice President, International
Ned BarlasIn addition to being the Associate Vice President, International, Ned Barlas is currently an International Delegate to LESI and Chair of the LESI Communications Committee. Ned was a Co-Chair of the LES 2012 Winter Meeting and he is a past Chair of the LES Software Committee, a past Vice Chair of the LESI Patent and Technology Committee, and a past Educational Chair of the Philadelphia local chapter.

Ned is a lawyer and senior counsel in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on heading up and supporting a variety of complex transactions where Intellectual Property is a driving force. Ned's practice is "technology agnostic," and he regularly structures complex transactions across virtually all fields and industries that the firm services, from telecommunications, to oil and gas production, biotechnology, software, semiconductors and nanotechnology. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ned served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Axeda Systems, Inc. and of Ravisent Technologies, Inc., each a publicly held software company.

Ned received a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review. Ned is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

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Pamela R. Demain
Past President
Pamela R. DemainPamela served as the President of LES in 2014-2015, and Vice-President for Communications in 2011-2012 where she oversaw all of the communications materials produced by LES. She served as Regional Vice President, U.S.A. in 2010-2011 where she was responsible for developing the LES Policy Manual, and Vice President for Communications in 2008-2010, where she oversaw a major branding initiative, the launch of LES Insights and the creation of the first Editorial Board for LES (USA & Canada). As Trustee for Partnering in 2006-2007, she spearheaded the Power Networking initiative that debuted at the 2007 Annual Meeting.

Pamela has been a member of the Life Sciences Committee since 2003. She has also been an active participant at meetings as a speaker and attendee.

Pam is Executive Director, Corporate Licensing at Merck & Co., Inc. She has been at Merck over 30 years. For eighteen years, she has been negotiating transactions with companies, universities and institutions worldwide. She also heads up relationship development for licensing at Merck. Previously, Pam spent thirteen years in Global Marketing with positions ranging from leading the Business Information & Research Group to Product Management and Marketing Communications. Pam's pharmaceutical career began in the laboratories of Gruppo Lepetit, an Italian pharmaceutical company, which was then a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company.

Ms. Demain is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, holds an MBA in International Business from The American University in Washington, D.C. and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

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Don Drinkwater
Trustee, Member Engagement
Don DrinkwaterDon Drinkwater is the Trustee of Member Engagement. He was the High Tech Sector Chair during the period 2009-2010 and has been active in leadership positions in that sector for many years, including Chair of the Computer Hardware and Consumer Electronics committee. Don has published articles in les Nouvelles (the Journal of the Licensing Executive Society International) and IEEE publications.

Don is the Director for Licensing at a major consumer electronics corporation. Previous to this assignment, Don directed licensing activities for 3Com Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Compaq Computer as well as serving as a Director for PriceWaterhouseCoopers' Intellectual Asset Management practice.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, a Master of Science Degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. Don is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (the honor society of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers "IEEE") and won the Haskell Memorial Award for distinguished teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he spent 15 years teaching. Don is also the inventor on multiple patents.

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William Elkington
Public Policy/Regional Vice President, USA
William ElkingtonBill is currently holding the position of Vice President, Communication & Member Engagement.  Bill has been Chair of the IP100 Committee for 2010-2012 and in that capacity led the effort to organize and put on the IP100 Meeting in New York City in April 2012 and the IP100 Executive Forum Meeting in Phoenix in January 2013. Bill has been a member of the Aerospace and Transportation Committee of the High Tech Sector for several years. He has also been an active participant at LES meetings as both a speaker and attendee for a number of years.

Bill is Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management, at Rockwell Collins. He is responsible for protection, value extraction, and rights management strategies concerning Rockwell Collins's strategic intellectual property. Bill holds the patent budget for the company. And, his group works with the company's business units to value IP and to structure both upstream and downstream licenses in the normal course of its business. He has held this position since 2003.

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Bill was co-founder and VP of Program Management at MeshNetworks, a wireless startup company established to commercialize ITT's novel communication technology. MeshNetworks was sold to Motorola in 2004. Prior to joining MeshNetworks, Bill held positions in IP management, technology marketing, strategic and operations planning, and program management in ITT's Aerospace/ Communications Division (A/CD) and GE R&D organizations.

Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, and his advanced degrees are from Syracuse University.

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Gary Fedorochko
Trustee, Education: Webinars
Gary FedorochkoGary currently serves as the Trustee for Education: Webinars and has served as the Trustee for Sponsorship. He has been President of the LES Foundation since 2014 and on the LES Foundation Board since 2013. Previously, he was the Co-Chair of the 2012 Annual Meeting and one of the leaders responsible for the strong programming planned for the 2012 Annual Meeting. An active member of the High Tech Sector (HTS) for over ten years, Gary has served as Chair of the HTS Standards Committee, a facilitator at roundtable sessions and a frequent member of Annual Meeting planning committees.

Gary is a shareholder with the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd and previously served as the firm's President. He has practiced intellectual property (IP) law for over two decades. He has a broad base of experience in IP including involvement in all phases of the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO, participating in patent infringement litigation in U.S. District Courts, and advising clients on IP issues including portfolio management, due diligence, validity and right-to-use opinions and licensing matters. Over the past couple of years, Gary has spoken on topics related to the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA).

Gary earned a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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Robert Held
Vice President, Education
Robert HeldBob has been active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1998 having served in the following roles: Chair of the Aerospace and Transportation Subcommittee of the High Tech Sector (HTS) 2006-2007; Co-Chair and co-author of the HTS Royalty Rate and Deal Terms Surveys for 2011 and 2014; Secretary of the HTS 2011-2012; Vice-Chair of the HTS 2012-2013; Chair of the HTS 2013-2014; Workshop Chair for the 2012 HTS Winter Meeting; Program Chair for the 2012 LES Annual Meeting, Program Chair for the 2013 LES Annual Meeting, and Trustee for Content Creation, Capture and Delivery on the LES Board of Trustees 2012-2014. Currently Bob holds the position of Vice President of Education on the LES Board of Trustees. In addition Bob has organized and presented workshops and mini-plenary sessions on a variety of IP topics.

Bob works for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) in Annapolis, Maryland as the Vice President, Intellectual Asset Management, responsible for the strategic management and monetization of TCS’s IP portfolio. In this role Bob has the overall business responsibility for all IP activities including capture, management, monetization, and profit & loss. Immediately prior to joining TCS, Bob worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector from 2003-2011 as the Director of the Intellectual Property & Strategic Technology Agreements business unit; and from 1998-2003 he worked at the IP firm British Technology Group (BTG) International.

Bob received his BS in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. He also holds the LES CLP certification.

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Panagiota Koutsogiannis
Regional Vice President, Canada
Panagiota KoutsogiannisPanagiota (Betty) Koutsogiannis is an active member of LES (USA & Canada) and currently serves as Regional Vice President, Canada. She served as Co-Chair of the Montreal Chapter for several years. Betty was also Arrangements Chair of the Spring Meeting held in Montreal in 2009. Betty has received the CLP designation. She is an attorney and partner with Robic, L.L.P. in Montreal, Canada.

Betty obtained a Bachelor in Civil Law (LL.L) and a Bachelor in Common Law (LL.B) from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1998. She has oriented her practice towards business law, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the commercial aspects of intellectual property and corporate law. Her areas of specialization include the preparation and negotiation of M&A transactions, financings, technology transfers, complex licensing arrangements and joint ventures. She has authored and co-authored several articles pertaining to licensing, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Professional memberships include the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) as well as a number of other professional organizations. Betty is Editor-in-Chief of the firm's quarterly newsletter. From 2004 until 2011, Betty was vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors of Auberge Transition, a shelter for women and children victims of violence.

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Rachel Kreppel
Trustee at Large

Rachel KreppelRachel has been a member of LES since 2002. She has been an active member of LES participating on the Public Policy Committee for the last several years.

Rachel is Senior Assistant General Counsel for Purdue Pharma L.P. in Stamford, Connecticut. She manages patent litigation, primarily Hatch-Waxman cases, and settlements of patent litigation. She also is involved with IP licensing. After law school, Rachel went directly in house to Purdue. At the beginning of her career, her work was focused on licensing agreements to support Purdue’s discovery research and other research groups, including licensing agreements with universities.

In 1999, Rachel received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Management (concentrating on Entrepreneurship) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She attended Chicago-Kent College of Law in its Honors Scholars program and received a J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property in 2002. She is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and New York and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Brian O'Shaughnessy
Chairman-Elect of the Board
Brian O'ShaughnessyBrian P. O'Shaughnessy current holds the position as Public Policy/Regional Vice President, USA. Brian is a shareholder in the intellectual property law firm of RatnerPrestia, Washington, DC. He is a registered patent attorney with over 25 years' experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. He works with innovators in establishing global IP portfolios, and in structuring IP-related transactions. He represents clients in federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and in diverse proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In addition to his day job, Brian is Regional Vice President, USA, of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc., and has served on the LES Board of Trustees since 2007. As Regional Vice President, he is responsible for articulating the Society's position on legislation, administrative policy, and trends in IP law in the U.S. He is an author, editor, and longstanding faculty member of the LES Professional Development Series.

Brian earned a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, N.Y. Prior to that, he earned BS and MS degrees from the Department of Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. He now serves on the RIT Board of Trustees as a member of its Executive Committee and Chair of its Student Life Committee.

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Stasia Ogden
Vice President, Meeting Programming & Design
Stasia L OgdenStasia Ogden has been a member of LES (USA & Canada) for over a decade. She currently holds the position of VP, Meeting Programming & Design. She restarted the St. Louis Chapter with Co-Chair Gary Kellmann and held that position from 1998-2000. She has been an active participant at meetings as a speaker and attendee. Most recently, she was a Vice-Chair for the 2011 LES Spring Meeting.

Stasia Ogden is the Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to joining Baxter, Stasia served as Associate Chief Intellectual Property Counsel with Becton, Dickinson and Company, Senior IP Counsel, Life Sciences Business Unit with Motorola, Inc., Assistant General Counsel, IP with Monsanto Company, and a Patent Attorney with Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, she worked at the law firms of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and Cushman, Darby & Cushman.

Stasia received a B.A. in biochemistry from Northwestern University; completed Ph.D. course work in immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her M.B.A. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels
Assistant Treasurer
Gauri Prakash-CanjelsGauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. is a Consulting Director for Brewer Attorneys & Counselors (formerly Bickel and Brewer). Dr. Prakash-Canjels has more than 17 years of economic consulting experience. She has consulted in litigation matters regarding Intellectual Property (“IP”) damages, antitrust analysis, business appraisal and IP valuation, Conjoint and other types of surveys, breach of contract damages and bankruptcy matters. She has considerable experience in IP matters and the analysis of market forces in antitrust, specifically, the economic analysis of markets, product market definitions, entry conditions, and product substitutability in numerous industries. Dr. Prakash-Canjels has been qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony on economic damages in Court.

Dr. Prakash-Canjels is the Assistant Treasurer for the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (“LES”) and is the past Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee, LES. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).

Gauri Prakash-Canjels has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She was a Visiting Professor at Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University, and taught courses in Quantitative Methods – statistics, survey and econometrics for MBAs. She was a Lecturer at Northwestern University, and taught courses in econometrics, and the principles of economics. She was also an Assistant Professor at Delhi University, India. Dr. Prakash-Canjels taught courses in mathematics and economics as a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University in the Departments of Mathematics, Economics and in the Kellogg Business School in the Executive MBA Program. She also teaches courses on intellectual asset management, including on the valuation of patents, for the Licensing Executives Society and the Certified Licensing Professionals.

Dr. Prakash-Canjels has economic consulting experience with the Standard Chartered Bank, and the National Council for Applied Economic Research, a not-for-profit research institute. She has conducted survey based market studies and comparative advantage studies in these positions.

Gauri Prakash-Canjels received a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University. Dr. Prakash-Canjels’ doctoral dissertation provides an econometric test for defining an economic market using time series properties of data in various geographic and product markets. It has been published under the title “Pace of Market Integration.” She has a Master of Arts degree in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Delhi University. She was twice awarded the prestigious Central Advanced Research Scholarship by the Government of India, and received a University Fellowship by Northwestern University..

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Paul A. Roberts
Vice President, Strategic & Long Range Planning
Paul Roberts is currently as the LES Board Secretary and has been consistently active in LES (USA & Canada) since 1996 and a Trustee since 2004, as well as an LESI International Delegate for several years. Previously, Paul was VP for Membership for three years which includes responsibility for maintaining membership levels and increasing the number of new members, as well as overseeing LES' sponsorship activities. Paul has also been VP for Local Chapters and had been so for three years where he led a successful membership drive at the chapter level to increase new member percentage and convert non-member attendees to active members.

In another previous role as the Industrial Sector Trustee, Paul regularized sector interaction with the LES (USA & Canada) Board. Other positions and responsibilities include: Trustee for website matters, Chair for the High Technology Sector, Workshop and Add-On speaker, Meeting Chair for the Spring 2009 Meeting in Montreal, and Meeting Co-Chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

Currently, Paul is Vice President of Licensing at Inventergy, a cutting-edge IP investment and licensing company designed to help technology leaders attain greater value from their IP assets. Previously, Paul was Vice President of Patent Law & Commercialization at Rovi Corp, which successfully licenses its patented innovations in the areas of media guide and content delivery. Prior to that Paul was the Lead Patent Legal Counsel at Accenture, as well as manager of patent acquisition through the merger of MCI with WorldCom and their Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He was also a United States Patent Examiner in the computer graphics area. He has been a member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsels, as well as other IP professional associations.

Paul holds a BS in electrical engineering from Univ. of Maryland at College Park, and a law degree from Whittier Law School, in addition to an intellectual property certificate from Franklin Pierce Law School.

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Arthur S. Rose
Art RoseArthur S. Rose is currently serving as Vice President International on the Board of Trustees for LES (USA & Canada). Art headed up the LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition from 2003 through 2007 and was President of the LES Foundation from 2007 through 2012. Art has been an International Delegate for LES (USA & Canada) since 1998 and is currently Co-Chair of the LES International Endowment Committee. He served on the Board of Trustees for LES (USA & Canada) as a trustee, Western Regional VP and VP for Local Chapters from 1998 to 2006.

Mr. Rose is a partner in the law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear in the Irvine, California office and has been with the firm since 1982. Art specializes in the preparation and negotiation of licensing agreements involving software, patents, trademarks & trade secrets, and the resolution of disputes relating to intellectual property rights. Additionally, Art often takes a lead role in the enforcement of patent, trademark and copyright rights as well as the procurement of patent rights for medical devices and software/ Internet related inventions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rose was a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office working in the Medical Device area. Art obtained his juris doctorate, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center and clerked on the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA.

Art is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and has repeatedly been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers, by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. Art was also recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property for 2013 by American Lawyer Media (ALM).

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Ida Shum
Vice President, Communication & Member Engagement
Ida ShumIda has been an active member of LES serving as a Trustee at Large. She was also the Chair of the Industry- University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector. In that capacity, Ida planned meeting content for the IUGI Sector at LES (USA & Canada) Meetings. Prior to joining IUGI, she was a contributing member to the Chemistry, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) Sector in planning the Annual Meeting workshops, mini-plenary sessions and networking events.

Ida is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Samsung in San Jose, California where her primary role is to identify intellectual property assets for the company. Ida's career began as a patent attorney where she then moved onto licensing and commercialization. For the last ten years, she's worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, nonprofits and academia.

Ida earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). While at Notre Dame Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. She is admitted to practice before the California State Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Susan Stoddard
Trustee, Education:On-Site
Susan StoddardSusan has been a member of LES for over ten years. On the Board she is serving as the Trustee for Education: On-site. She has been a member of the LES Education Committee since 2011 and presented the PDS 100 course in Minneapolis. For the last three years she has led the LES Review Course for the CLP Exam. Susan has been an active participant and speaker at LES and has also given many presentations at professional meetings related to licensing technologies from academic institutions.

Susan is a Senior Licensing Manager at Mayo Clinic Ventures, in Rochester, MN. Her responsibilities involve the evaluation and out-licensing of intellectual property of employees of Mayo Clinic. She specializes in the fields of biotechnology and diagnostic and pharmaceutical products. Susan recently recognized her 20th year at Mayo, during which time she was also the administrator for Mayo's Office of Strategic Alliances. Before taking the position at Mayo, Susan was a tenured professor of neurosciences, member of the graduate faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine and twice received an award as Outstanding Professor in Basic Science.

Dr. Stoddard received her A.B. from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

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Lesley Stolz, Ph.D.
Trustee, Meeting Content
Lesley StolzLesley has been working in corporate and business development roles for the last 17 years employed by companies that are both technology platform and therapeutics focused. During her career, she has negotiated and closed dozens of licensing transactions to further the businesses of the companies for which she worked. She has also been involved with LES for many years. She has been responsible for life science programming in three different Spring Meetings, one Annual Meeting, and has served as the Life Science Sector Chair for the 2013/2014 term. Leslie has also taught many classes for LES and BIO in the last 10 years, including the Advanced Business Development class that she created and still teaches.

Her most recent executive positions have been with BioTime, a publicly traded stem cell technology and therapeutics company, and Sutro Biopharma, a platform technology company working in cell free protein synthesis. Prior to Sutro Biopharma, Inc, she was with Sunesis Pharmaceuticals where she was Vice President Corporate & Business Development. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Director, Business Development for Aerovance, Inc. where she led efforts to partner the company’s Phase 2 asset for uncontrolled asthma. Lesley was also Senior Director, Business Development for GPC Biotech AG in Munich, Germany for four years. She also served in senior management positions at Cell Genesys, Discovery Partners International and Axys Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Stolz received her Ph.D. in chemistry, and conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

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Hilton Sue
Vice President, Local Chapters
Hilton SueHilton is currently holding the position of VP, Local Chapters and has served on the Board of Executives of the LES Vancouver Chapter since 2003, becoming its Treasurer in February of 2004, Chapter Chair in 2005 (through 2007), and Past Chair in 2007 (through 2012); in those capacities, he has contributed to reviving and then running what has become a successful chapter. Hilton has also served on the LES (USA & Canada) 2007 Annual Meeting Committee (local promotion and local recruitment of volunteers), 2009 Winter Meeting Committee (Workshop Chair), and 2012 Annual Meeting Committee (Workshop Co-Chair).

Hilton is a partner of Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, an intellectual property law firm based in Vancouver, Canada. Hilton has practiced exclusively in the field of intellectual property law since 1993, focusing on patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property commercialization and licensing, especially in the high tech field. Hilton is also a registered patent agent and registered trademark agent. He is a Certified Licensing Professional. Hilton has been named to the list of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" in Intellectual Property (multiple years).

Hilton studied electrical engineering (computer engineering option) at the University of British Columbia before completing his law degree at UBC. Since being called to the British Columbia Bar in 1993, Hilton has been very active in the Canadian intellectual property field. Hilton is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and he was elected to its governing Council for two terms (2006- 2008), with responsibility for IPIC's Licensing Committee, Technology Transfer Committee and Information Technology Committee. Hilton currently serves on IPIC's Patent Joint Liaison Committee with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

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John (Jack) Tupman
Trustee, Membership

Jack TupmanJack is currently serving as the Trustee on the Board in Membership and has been a Trustee responsible for Corporate Communications. Jack has also been a member of the Life Science Sector committee since 2005. From 2007 he has been the LSS Deal of Distinction nomination and selection chair. He has been involved in planning for LES (USA & Canada) Health Care Sector meetings. He has also been an active participant at meetings as a speaker.

Jack is Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Eli Lilly and Company. He has been at Lilly for over 30 years. As an executive in Lilly business development for 15 years, he lead some of Lilly's most important transactions. His transactions have encompassed discovery collaborations, clinical stage in-licensing, co-promotion, and out-licensing projects. Previously, he served as Director of Marketing and held executive positions in new product planning, market research, and sales.

Mr. Tupman is a graduate of Indiana University where he earned an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Business with honors and high distinction. He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Jack is an at-large member of the Indiana Seed Fund 1 investment committee and Indiana Enterprise Fund, and is also a Director for the Indianapolis Yacht Club.

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Jeff Whittle
Chairman of the Board
Jeff WhittleJeffrey Whittle is currently President-Elect for LES. Prior to this position he was responsible for Education on the Board of Trustees of LES (USA & Canada), an instructor for the Education Committee, and an International Delegate to and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for LES International. Jeff also served as Sponsorship Trustee for LES (USA & Canada) (2011- 2012), Houston Chapter Board Member (2009-1010), and Houston Chapter President (2007-2008). He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a frequent speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various licensing/technology topics.

Jeff is an Intellectual Property and Technology attorney with the international law firm of Hogan Lovells US, LLP, where he is a partner. He is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property; Legal 500 Patent Prosecution: Litigation and Design Patents/ Technology: Transactions; IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers; and IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners.

Jeff also is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BEEE) and Wake Forest University (MBA, JD), is on the Law Board of Visitors for Wake Forest University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York, Florida, and North Carolina, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and before numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

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