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: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elicia_Maine
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=t2k5-iIAAAAJ&hl=en
Company Website: https://www.sfu.ca/video-library/video/1534/view.html;jsessionid=A9E2E33B87972F114CB40A9DEDD4C725

Curriculum Vitae: View


Elicia Maine’s research interests are in technological innovation and science & technology entrepreneurship.  She is most interested in understanding the formation and growth of science-based businesses. She studies the commercialization strategy, business models, entrepreneurial decision-making, and knowledge integration practices of entrepreneurs and ventures in the advanced materials, nanomaterials, clean tech, biotechnology, and nano-biotechnology sectors.  Professor Maine is the founding Academic Director of Invention to Innovation, a graduate certificate program in Science & Technology Commercialization. 

Professor Maine has published in leading technology management journals, such as Research Policy, R&D 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.  She has presented her research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and at the Academy of Management (AOM). She has also developed an investment methodology for materials, a strategic tool used to assist seed capital firms in assessing early stage material innovations, and co-authored a manual on this topic: Succeeding with New Materials, a Comprehensive Guide for Assessing Market Potential.

Before academia, Elicia worked in industry as a strategic consultant in Canada, the United States, and Austria.

Specialization and Research Interests

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


Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Elicia Maine; Jon J. Thomas

Raising Financing through Strategic Timing

2017 | Nature Nanotechnology. 12(2): 93-98 | Download

Elicia Maine; Purnesh Seegopaul

Accelerating advanced-materials commercialization

2016 | Nature Materials. 15(5): 487-491

Elicia Maine; Pek-Hooi Soh; Nancy Dos Santos

The role of entrepreneurial decision-making in opportunity creation and recognition

2015 | Technovation. 39-40: 53-72

Lee O'Donnell; Elicia M. Maine

Assessing development and commercialization priorities for a novel hydrogen production process through Technical-Economic Cost Modeling

2015 | Translational Materials Research. 2(1)

Ali Taleb; Erik Kjeang; Elicia M. Maine

Technical-economic cost modeling as a technology management tool: A Case Study of Membranes for PEM Fuel Cells

2014 | Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. 25(2): 279-298

Elicia Maine; V J. Thomas; James Utterback

Radical innovation from the confluence of technologies: Innovation management strategies for the emerging nanobiotechnology industry

2014 | Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 32: 1-25 | Download

Kourosh Malek; Elicia Maine; Ian P. McCarthy

A typology of clean technology commercialization accelerators

2014 | Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. 32: 26-39 | Download

Elicia Maine; Varkey J. Thomas; Martin Bliemel; Armstrong Murira; James M. Utterback

The Emergence of the Nanobiotechnology Industry

2014 | Nature Nanotechnology. 9: 2-5 | Download

Elicia Maine

Scientist-entrepreneurs as the catalysts of nanotechnology commercialization

2013 | Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 2(5): 301-308

Elicia Maine; Sarah Lubik; Elizabeth Garnsey

Value creation strategies for science-based business: A study of advanced materials ventures

2013 | Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. 15(1): 35-51

Lee O'Donnell; Pek-Hooi Soh; Elicia Maine

New ventures BC economic impact and entrepreneurial research project


Elicia M. Maine; Sarah Lubik; Elizabeth Garnsey

Process-based vs. product-based innovation: Value creation by nanotech ventures

2012 | Technovation. 32(3/4): 179-192

Elicia M. Maine; Daniel Shapiro; Aidan R. Vining

The role of clustering in the growth of new technology-based firms

2010 | Small Business Economics. 34(2): 127-146 | Download

Elicia M. Maine; David Probert; Mike Ashby

Investing in new materials: A tool for technology managers

2005 | Technovation. 25(1): 15-23

Elicia M. Maine; Michael F. Ashby

An investment methodology for materials

2002 | Materials & Design. 23(3): 297-306

Elicia M. Maine; Elizabeth Garnsey

Commercializing generic technology: The case of advanced materials ventures

2006 | Research Policy. 35(3): 375-393 | Download

Elicia Maine

Radical innovation through internal corporate venturing: Degussa's commercialization of nanomaterials

2008 | R and D Management Journal. 38(4): 359-371 | Download

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Takuya Tsuzuki; Elicia M. Maine

Overcoming nanotechnology commercialization challenges: Case studies of nanotechnology ventures

2013 | Nanotechnology Commercialization. Chapter 6: 205-238

Teaching Related Material

Martin Bliemel; Elicia M. Maine

Solectric: Market entry decisions under uncertainty

2016 | Case with Instructional Material (Case Publishing Agency)

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