Michael Cassidy is president and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance, a non-profit
organization that expands research and commercialization capacity in Georgia’s universities
to launch new companies, create high-value jobs and transform lives.
Key initiatives of the Alliance include recruitment of top scientific talent, seeding
signature centers of excellence, and commercialization of university research discoveries.
He is a co-founder of the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, a private investment fund created
to finance promising companies that emerge through the Alliance’s commercialization
programs. Cassidy serves on the board of directors of the State Science and Technology
Institute, the Health Care Ethics Consortium, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures,
the Global Center for Medical Innovation, Atlanta Emerging Markets Inc., the Georgia
Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Governors of the Lake Lanier Sailing Club. Before
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 is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.