Elicia Maine

  • 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

    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

    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). http://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1613/2/1/016001

    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. 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.

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    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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