Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact
The University of Texas at Austin
Christine Dixon Thiesing’s career has been divided between business development, finance and accounting roles in academic startups and fostering the startup ecosystem.
As Director of Academic Innovations at SCRA, she cultivated academic startups, fostered commercially relevant academic research, connected industry needs with academia, and facilitated multi-institutional academic research.
In 2015, Christine founded CuRE Innovations, an advanced dental materials company that is developing advanced materials incorporating copper iodide particles to improve dental outcomes. CuRE is developing its lead product, a prolonged longevity adhesive for use with resin-based composite restorations, along with several additional materials to improve oral health.
The Associate VPR position at The University of Texas at Austin is a culmination of her work with academic startups, technology transfer, and economic development. She helps to leverage UT Austin’s expansive research enterprise for the public’s benefit through industry engagement and commercialization of research via industry partnering and formation of viable startups.