Fiona Murray received BA and MA degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oxford before coming to the United States where she received her doctoral degree from Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Her research interests then moved away from the bench to the study of science commercialization, the organization of scientific research and the role of science in national competitiveness. After a short time on the faculty of Oxford's Said Business School, Fiona joined the MIT Sloan School of Management where she studies and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship including the campus-wide iTeams course developing "go-to-market" strategies for breakthrough innovations developed in MIT labs.
Murray works with a range of firms designing global organizations that are both commercially successful and at the forefront of science. These firms seek to leverage the ideas of a wide range of internal scientists. as well as external innovators accessed through traditional research contracts as well as “Open Innovation” mechanisms.
Her recent engagements have focused on relationships that span the public and private sectors. She is particularly interested in new emerging organizational arrangements for effective commercialization of science including public-private partnerships, not-for profits, venture philanthropy, and university-initiated seed funding.
Murray is well-known for her academic work on how growing economic incentives - for example, intellectual property (IP), influences the rate and direction of scientific progress - particularly in the areas of genomics, stem cells, and mouse genetics. She is actively involved in U.S. and European policy debates over the appropriate use of IP and licensing in universities and, more recently, debates on when and when not to use patents to promoted discovery research in neglected diseases.
Her research has been widely published in a diverse range of scientific and social science journals including Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Research Policy, Organization Science and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
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