Elicia Maine

  • Academic Director, Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization
  • Professor, Technology and Operations Management
  • BSc (Queen's University), BA (Queen's University), MSc (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), PhD (University of Cambridge)

    Segal Room: SGL 3935
    Segal Phone: 778.782.5260

    Email Address: emaine@sfu.ca

    Curriculum Vitae: View


    Specializing in technological innovation and science entrepreneurship, Professor Elicia Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy and to mentor emerging talent. Founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, and Academic Director of  Invention to Innovation, a novel graduate program in Science & Technology Commercialization, Prof. Maine was awarded the 2017 TD / Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award and was a finalist for BC TECH’s 2016 “Person of the Year” award.  An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, she holds a PhD in Technology Management & Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge  and master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from MIT.  

    Prof. Maine teaches “Managing Technological Innovation,”  "Managing Innovation" and “Lab to Market” at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.  She has published in leading technology management journals, such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Technovation.  To reach scientist-entrepreneurs on their own turf, she also publishes her technology innovation research in top science and technology journals, including Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Materials.  Prof. Maine has presented her research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and at the Academy of Management (AOM). She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator and of BC Innovation Council’s New Ventures BC

    Research Interests

    Technology Innovation; Science & Technology Entrepreneurship; Technology-Market Matching; Science-Based Business; Innovation Policy

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Reports

    Thomas, V. J., & Maine, E. (2019). Impact of regional systems of innovation on the formation of university spin-offs by biomedical star scientists. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 37(2), 271-287. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2019.100108

    Shum, V., Park, A., Maine, E., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). A Bibliometric Study of Research-Technology Management, 1998-2017. Research-Technology Management, 62(1), 34-43. http://doi.org/10.1080/08956308.2019.1541728

    Maine, E. (2018). Initiatives aimed at unleashing more innovation at universities. Business in Vancouver, 20-20.

    Fabris, J., Roughley, D., Poursartip, A., & Maine, E. (2017). Managing the technological and market uncertainty of composites innovation: A case study of composites manufacturers in Western Canada and interventions by a translational research centre. Translational Materials Research, 4(4), 1-19. http://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1613/aa9487

    De Baere, B., & Maine, E. (2017, ). Canada Needs a National Overhaul of University IP Policies. University Affairs.

    Maine, E., & Thomas, J. J. (2017). Raising financing through strategic timing. Nature Nanotechnology, 12(2), 93-98. http://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2017.1

    Bliemel, M., McCarthy, I. P., & Maine, E. (2016). Levels of multiplexity in entrepreneur's networks: Implications for dynamism and value creation. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 6(3), 247-272. http://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2015-0001

    Maine, E., & Seegopaul, P. (2016). Accelerating advanced-materials commercialization. Nature Materials, 15(5), 487-491. http://doi.org/10.1038/nmat4625

    Maine, E., Soh, P., & Dos Santos, N. (2015). The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition. Technovation, 39-40, 53-72. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2014.02.007

    O'Donnell, L., & Maine, E. M. (2015). Assessing development and commercialization priorities for a novel hydrogen production process through Technical-Economic Cost Modeling. Translational Materials Research, 2(1), 1-21. http://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1613/2/1/016001

    Bliemel, M. J., McCarthy, I. P., & Maine, E. (2014). An integrated approach to studying multiplexity in entrepreneurial networks. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 4(4), 364-402. http://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2014-0007

    Taleb, A., Kjeang, E., & Maine, E. M. (2014). Technical-economic cost modeling as a technology management tool: A Case Study of Membranes for PEM Fuel Cells. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25(2), 279-298. http://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-09-2013-0136

    Malek, K., Maine, E., & McCarthy, I. P. (2014). A typology of clean technology commercialization accelerators. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 32, 26-39. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jengtecman.2013.10.006

    Maine, E., Thomas, V. J., Bliemel, M., Murira, A., & Utterback, J. M. (2014). The Emergence of the Nanobiotechnology Industry. Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 2-5. http://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2013.288

    Maine, E. (2013). Scientist-entrepreneurs as the catalysts of nanotechnology commercialization. Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2(5), 301-308. http://doi.org/10.1166/rnn.2013.1037

    Maine, E., Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2013). Value creation strategies for science-based business: A study of advanced materials ventures. Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 15(1), 35-51. http://doi.org/10.5172/impp.2013.15.1.35

    O'Donnell, L., Soh, P., & Maine, E. (2012). New ventures BC economic impact and entrepreneurial research project. Vancouver, Canada: New Ventures BC.

    Maine, E. M., Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2012). Process-based vs. product-based innovation: Value creation by nanotech ventures. Technovation, 32(3/4), 179-192. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2011.10.003

    Maine, E. M., Shapiro, D., & Vining, A. R. (2010). The role of clustering in the growth of new technology-based firms. Small Business Economics, 34(2), 127-146. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-008-9104-3/fulltext.html

    Maine, E., & Garnsey, E. (2007). The commercialisation environment of advanced materials ventures. International Journal of Technology Management, 39(1/2), 49-71. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00521.x

    Maine, E. M., Probert, D., & Ashby, M. (2005). Investing in new materials: A tool for technology managers. Technovation, 25(1), 15-23.

    Maine, E. M., & Ashby, M. F. (2002). An investment methodology for materials. Materials & Design, 23(3), 297-306.

    Maine, E. M., & Garnsey, E. (2006). Commercializing generic technology: The case of advanced materials ventures. Research Policy, 35(3), 375-393.

    Bliemel, M., & Maine, E. (2008). Network embeddedness as a predictor of performance for new technology based firms. International Journal of Techno-Entrepreneurship, 1(3), 313-341. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00521.x

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    Ashby, M. F., & Maine, E. (2018). Design aspects of metal matrix composite usage. In Beaumont, P. W., & Zweben, C. (Eds.), Comprehensive Composite Materials II (pp. 554–571). Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier Ltd (UK). http://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.09980-X

    Maine, E. (2016). Overcoming nanotechnology commercialization challenges: Case studies of nanotechnology ventures. In Bawa, R., Audette, G. F., & Reese, B. E. (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Nanomedicine: Law, Business, Regulation, Safety and Risk. Singapore, Singapore, Republic of: Pan Stanford Publishing.

    Maine, E. M. (2013). Overcoming nanotechnology commercialization challenges: Case studies of nanotechnology ventures. In Tsuzuki, T. (Eds.), Nanotechnology Commercialization (pp. 205-238). Singapore, Singapore, Republic of: Pan Stanford Publishing.

    Teaching Related Material

    Bliemel, M., & Maine, E. M. (2016). Solectric: Market entry decisions under uncertainty. London, Canada: Ivey Publishing.

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