C. Michael Cassidy, Georgia Research Alliance

C. Michael Cassidy is President and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance. The Alliance is a strategic partnership of Georgia’s research universities, joined by the business community and state government, whose purpose is to leverage the State’s research capabilities into economic development results. Through targeted investment the Alliance helps its university partners to develop both the human capital and physical research infrastructure needed to serve as a breeding-ground and magnet for new technology-based enterprise. Through 2007 the Alliance has directed more than $700 million of public and private investment into targeted research and development programs at its six member universities. These investments have leveraged over $2 billion in federal and private investment and formed a foundation for the creation of more than 100 new companies.

michael_cassidy_edited1.jpgBefore joining the Alliance in 1993, Cassidy managed the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator. Prior to that he worked for the IBM Corporation where he held various staff and management assignments. Cassidy holds a master’s degree in Technology and Science Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BBA degree in Marketing from Georgia State University.

Cassidy represents the State of Georgia on the Southern Technology Council and consults with several states on technology-based economic development strategies. Cassidy is on the Board of Directors of the State Science and Technology Institute, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Council of Biotechnology Centers, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Technology Association of Georgia. He is active with the Council on Competitiveness and participated in the development of their National Innovation Initiative. He is on the Board of Visitors of the Grady Health System and is a member of the Commerce Club of Atlanta.