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Elicia Maine

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, & Associate Vice-President, Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Curriculum Vitae: View


BSc (Queen's University), BA (Queen's University), MSc (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), PhD (University of Cambridge)


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

MacQuarrie, E. R., Simon, C., Simmons, S., & Maine, E. (2020). The emerging commercial landscape of quantum computing. Nature Reviews Physics.

Thomas, V. J., Bliemel, M., Shippam, C., & Maine, E. (2020). Endowing university spin-offs pre-formation: Entrepreneurial capabilities for scientist-entrepreneurs. Technovation, 96-97.

Miele, A., Axsen, J., Wolinetz, M., Maine, E., & Long, Z. (2020). The role of charging and refuelling infrastructure in supporting zero-emission vehicle sales. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 81.

Thomas, V. J., & Maine, E. (2019). Market entry strategies for electric vehicle start-ups in the automotive industry – Lessons from Tesla Motors. Journal of Cleaner Production, 235, 653-663.

Shum, V., Park, A., Maine, E., & Pitt, L. F. (2019). A Bibliometric Study of Research-Technology Management, 1998–2017: An analysis of 20 years of RTM articles offers a perspective on trends and evolutions in the journal’s content and in the field of innovation management. Research Technology Management, 62(1), 34-43.

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.

Dahabieh, M. S., Bröring, S., & Maine, E. (2018). Overcoming barriers to innovation in food and agricultural biotechnology. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 79, 204-213.

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

Maine, E., & Thomas, V. J. (2017). Raising financing through strategic timing. Nature Nanotechnology, 12(2), 93-98.

Bliemel, M. J., McCarthy, I. P., & Maine, E. M. (2016). Levels of Multiplexity in Entrepreneur's Networks: Implications for Dynamism and Value Creation. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 6(3), 247-272.

Maine, E., & Seegopaul, P. (2016). Accelerating advanced-materials commercialization. Nature Materials, 15(5), 487-491.

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.

Maine, E., Soh, P. H., & Dos Santos, N. (2015). The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition. Technovation, 39-40(1), 53-72.

Taleb, A., Maine, E., & Kjeang, E. (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.

Maine, E., Thomas, V. J., Bliemel, M., Murira, A., & Utterback, J. (2014). The emergence of the nanobiotechnology industry. Nature Nanotechnology, 9(1), 2-5.

Malek, K., Maine, E., & McCarthy, I. P. (2014). A typology of clean technology commercialization accelerators. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 32, 26-39.

Maine, E., Thomas, V. J., & Utterback, J. (2014). Radical innovation from the confluence of technologies: Innovation management strategies for the emerging nanobiotechnology industry. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 32, 1-25.

Maine, E. (2013). Scientist-entrepreneurs as the catalysts of nanotechnology commercialization. Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2(5), 301-308.

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.

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

Maine, E., Lubik, S., & Garnsey, E. (2012). Process-based vs. product-based innovation: Value creation by nanotech ventures. Technovation, 32(3-4), 179-192.

Maine, E. M., Shapiro, D. M., & Vining, A. R. (2010). The role of clustering in the growth of new technology-based firms. Small Business Economics, 34(2), 127-146.

Maine, E. (2008). Radical innovation through internal corporate venturing: Degussa's commercialization of nanomaterials. R and D Management, 38(4), 359-371.

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

Maine, E., 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 and Design, 23(3), 297-306.

books chapters and monographs

Ashby, M. F., & Maine, E. M. (2017). Design aspects of metal matrix composite usage. In Beaumont, P. W., & Zweben, C. (Eds.), Comprehensive Composite Materials II (pp. 554-572). Elsevier Ltd (UK).

Maine, E. (2016). Overcoming nanotechnology commercialisation 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 (pp. 187-222). Pan Stanford Publishing.

Related Teaching Material

Bliemel, M., & Maine, E. M. (2016). Solectric: Market entry decisions under uncertainty. Case ID:Ivey ID: 9B16M004..