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Founded in 1998 by former executives of the Intercorporate Licensing operations of Competitive Technologies, Inc. of Fairfield Connecticut, FPI works closely with organizations from Cleveland throughout the world.

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Dr. Stephen P. Weeks
President - Certified Licensing Professional

Dr. Weeks is responsible for overall direction of FPI's technology transfer programs. He is an experienced technical and business development director with over 18 years of domestic and international assignments. Dr. Weeks spent 9 years as a research scientist and team leader at AT&T-Bell Labs and, more recently, was the Manager of British Petroleum's Shared Technologies Division and former Business Coordinator for BP's ventures and technology transfer operations. At Competitive Technologies, Inc., he was President of the CTI Intercorporate Licensing subsidiary, and a Senior Vice President in the Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Delaware, a M.S. in Physics from William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, the Technology Transfer Society, the American Physical Society, and several local Cleveland Organizations. Dr. Weeks is co-chair and co-founder of the LES IP Marketing committee. He is certified under the LES CLP program.


Mr. Michael F. Allan
Vice President - Technology Assessment

Mr. Allan is responsible for the assessment of feasibility of technology opportunities and developing programs to effectively market and commercialize them. He has spearheaded a number of engagements in both physical and life sciences areas. Mr. Allan has in-depth knowledge and experience in technology and competitive assessment. As the former Manager of Eveready Battery Companyís Technical Information Center, Mr. Allan directed and performed a wide range of business analysis research, proprietary database searching, and competitive analyses in various technical, product, and patent assignments. At Competitive Technologies, Inc., he was Director of Information Resources. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and a M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Buffalo. Mr. Allan is a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, the National Association of Patent Practitioners, the Patent Information Users' Group, and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).


Dr. Guillaume J. Raux
Technology Specialist

Dr. Raux is a new addition to the First Principals, Inc. team. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University where he specialized in Wireless Communication and Signal Processing. Dr. Raux started his professional career as a lead engineer at Optima Systems.  He speaks fluent French, Spanish, and English.

His background includes a Bachelor in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Rennes I, France, a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering/Telecommunication both obtained at West Virginia University. He is also an active member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).



Dr. Gary P. Evans
European Representative, ANGLE Technology LLC

Dr. Evans is the U.S. Chief Executive Officer for ANGLE Technology Ltd. ANGLE is FPIís U.K. partner with expertise in technology incubation and management. Gary has extensive experience in the creation and growth of technology-based companies, and the development of strategic public sector interventions to support them, gained in the U.S., U.K., and the European Union. Gary has worked extensively in the field of science park management and development, and for four years was Director of the Aberdeen Science and Technology Park in Aberdeen, Scotland. Gary has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and has worked in a wide range of technical disciplines, including software development and instrumentation. He has extensive experience of product development and the commercialization of technology and was Visiting Professor in Innovation Management with the Robert Gordon University from 1997 to 1999.


First Principals, Inc.   1768 East 25th Street  Cleveland, Ohio 44114   216.881.8520 phone   216.881.8522 fax   Email: info@firstprincipals.com

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