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Blake Ilstrup

Blake Ilstrup

Versatile and Experienced Emerging Company Attorney and Strategic Advisor

Redmond
Washington
Licensed in
WA
University of
California Hastings College of the Law
About
I am a highly experienced and versatile strategic business advisor and general corporate and securities attorney.

I have served as a strategic business advisor to companies in multiple verticals, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, web services, digital media, manufacturing, and retail. I have also served both as outside corporate counsel in AmLaw Global 100 law firms, and as in-house General Counsel to a highly successful software company and two high-growth biotechnology companies.
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KPI Therapeutics

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Jan 2016 - Present

KPI Therapeutics™ is a collaborative drug development engine designed from the ground up to accelerate drug development and improve investor outcomes. As GC and EVP, I oversee strategic, legal and business development matters. As one of KPI's founding executives, I played an integral role in designing our novel corporate structure, business model and financing strategies.

Jan 2016 - Present

Kineta

General Counsel and Senior VP

Feb 2011 - Dec 2015

Responsible for strategic planning, financing, legal and business development matters for this fast-growing biopharmaceutical company. I played an integral role in designing Kineta’s novel corporate structure, business model and financing strategies. I also managed Kineta’s strategic transactions, including in- and out-licensing of drug assets, mergers and acquisitions, and investment rounds.

Feb 2011 - Dec 2015

Cooley LLP

Senior Attorney

Oct 2008 - Feb 2011

My practice focused on VC and bank financing, M&A, corporate partnerships, contracts, IP licensing, and public offerings. I worked with a wide variety of clients in multiple industries. I have been recognized 9 times in the Washington Law & Politics survey as a "Rising Star" among lawyers in WA and am listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication for VC law.

Oct 2008 - Feb 2011

Heller Ehrman's Venture Law Group

Senior Attorney

Jun 1999 - Oct 2008

General corporate/securities counseling for 100+ technology companies and the entities that fund them. Significant experience in company- and investor-side financings, M&A, IP licensing, SOX compliance, IPOs, employee benefits/exec comp, bank financings, commercial agreements and corporate partnerships.

Jun 1999 - Oct 2008

Qpass

General Counsel

May 2005 - Sep 2006

Functioned as the single point of contact for all legal matters for a global 300+ employee, digital content software/services business, including management of commercial contracts/licenses, mergers & acquisitions, human resources and employment matters, securities law compliance, management of IP portfolio and SOX compliance. Spearheaded the successful sale of the company to Amdocs for $300M.

May 2005 - Sep 2006

United States Navy

Surface Warfare Officer

Jun 1993 - Jun 1997

Combat Information Center Officer, USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41). Trained over 100 personnel in the operation of the ship’s command/control center. Led 54 operations specialists. Ranked #1 in officer year group. Awarded Navy Commendation Medal by battlegroup admiral for performance during Operations Desert Strike and Southern Watch.

Jun 1993 - Jun 1997

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