Stacy Williams Shuker/Down South Innovation
Stacy Williams Shuker has been a part of Atlanta’s innovation community since 2006. She started out as a scientific advisor in an intellectual property law firm and community volunteer. In her role as Director of the Center of Innovation for Life Sciences, she pioneered the use of social media in economic development. As Director of Partnership Development for Georgia Bio, she initiated an industry outreach program, which resulted in several multi-billion dollar companies visiting our research universities. Her new partnership development firm, Down South Innovation, connects large pharmaceutical and medical device companies with academic and emerging company resources across the Southeast.
She has chaired and served on several committees with the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, Georgia Bio and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. She is also a big fan of StartupLounge – an Atlanta based organization that pairs emerging companies with qualified investors. Dr. Shuker will be devoting her professional volunteer efforts to making the Southeastern region a thriving ecosystem for innovation and commercialization.