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Marie Thursby is a Regents’ Professor and holds the Hal and John Smith Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. She has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1987.
She is the founding director of the nationally acclaimed program Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Returns (TI:GER), a unique educational collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory that teams PhD students in engineering and science with MBA and JD students in an experiential curriculum focused on the intersection of technical, legal, and business issues at the heart of innovation. Established in 2002 with an NSF Integrative Graduate Education in Research Training (IGERT) award, TI:GER has received numerous awards, including the Award for Exceptional Activity in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and the Model Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award from the United States Association for Small Business Enterprise.
Dr. Thursby has published extensively on the economics of innovation, with particular emphasis on the role of universities in innovation systems, multinational R&D decisions, and the role of contracts in effective technology transfer. Her current research focuses on incentive problems in biomedical translational research and information sharing among competitive researchers. She has received research funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. She is the Georgia Tech Social and Ethical Coordinator for the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.
Before joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Thursby held the Burton D. Morgan Chair of International Policy and Management at Purdue University, where she established three multidisciplinary programs: the Innovation Realization Lab (IRL; launched in 1998 with an NSF IGERT), the Alan and Mildred Peterson Technology Transfer Initiative, and the Purdue Center for International Business Education and Research. She held prior faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, and North Carolina State University. She received her AB cum laude in economics from Mount Holyoke College and her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.