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Executives in Residence

See the Cornell Chronicle article  on our first three Executives in Residence, charged with facilitating commercialization of Cornell inventions.

Senior Executive in Residence

William E. Rhodes, MS; former President, BD Biosciences Cell Analysis

William (Bill) Rhodes is the president of BD Biosciences Cell Analysis, a leading supplier of flow cytometry instruments and reagents for life sciences research and cell-based clinical diagnostics. Mr. Rhodes previously served as BD's vice president of Business Development and Strategic Investments at their corporate offices, where he had worldwide responsibility for business development activities. He also managed BD Ventures L.L.C., a corporate venture capital fund operated by BD. The fund focuses on investments in seed and early stage medical device, cell therapy and diagnostics companies.

Rhodes has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and has held senior business development positions in J&J and Pfizer, before joining Becton Dickinson in late 1998. From 1983 until 1993 he was the president of The William-James Co., a biomedical business consulting firm specializing in M&A activities and technology due diligence in the biotechnology industry. 

He holds a Master of Science degree in International Business from Seton Hall University, and served on their faculty in the W. Paul Stillman School of Business as an adjunct professor, teaching graduate courses in the management of technological innovation and mergers and acquisitions. Rhodes also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and is the author of 10 U.S. patents and numerous articles in the field of biomedical product development and investing.

Executives in Residence

Ed Heslop, MS; Managing Director, Schwartz Heslin Group

Ed Heslop has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in agriculture, biotech and “green tech”. He serves as managing director at Schwartz Heslin Group, where he joined in October 2011 as Senior Vice President. Ed has played a lead role in establishing many new businesses, commercializing technology, and launching new products and services from inception to sale. Most recently he was Chairman and CEO of a business he he helped conceptualize in 2004, Environmental Credit Corp. (ECC), which creates and trades carbon credits. Prior to ECC, Mr. Heslop was a co-founder in 1993 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AnAerobics/Ecovation, an enterprise that developed and marketed innovative, organic wastewater treatment technology. Not long ago, the business was sold to Ecolab. In 1989, he co-founded and served as Director of Operations for Paracelsian, a company founded on technology licensed from Cornell University and the University of Rochester. He raised the venture capital to launch this biotech business focused on drug discovery based on detecting environmental carcinogens in water and soil. In 1992, he took the company public. Earlier in his career, for the better part of a decade, Ed owned and actively managed two dairy farm businesses. Ed is a graduate of Cornell University with a Master of Science in Production Economics and Finance, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Finance and Management. He serves as an Advisory Board Member to Cornell University’s Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. In addition, he is a Founding Board Member of the Executive Council for the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell.


Jon Greene, MS, MBA; CEO, Widetronix

Jon Greene has been an active entrepreneur in the energy technology sector since graduating from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2004. His background is in real estate finance and consulting. He serves as CEO of venture capital-funded Cornell startup Widetronix, which is developing ultra low-power, solid-state sensors for defense, industrial and medical implant applications.

Jon has focused his career on partnering with researchers to commercialize early-stage technologies. Prior to joining Widetronix in 2007, he started two energy companies based on Cornell technology and he was the Founding Director of Cornell's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Previously, Jon managed a $1 billion portfolio of real estate projects for a publically-traded resort company. He began his career in management consulting working for Abt Associates Inc. Jon earned an MBA and BS from Cornell University and an MS in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.