Steven Ceulemans is the vice president of innovation and technology for the Birmingham Business Alliance. An expert in technology commercialization and Alabama’s first economic development professional solely dedicated to innovation and technology. Ceulemans’ focus at the BBA is on supporting the growth of the innovation-driven economy in the Birmingham region.
Before joining the BBA in September 2011, Steven served as the director of technology commercialization for the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, where he managed a number of technology-based economic development programs aimed at growing the innovation ecosystem in New Orleans, LA. He was responsible for technology commercialization for the South Louisiana Institute for Infectious Disease Research, the Louisiana Vaccine Center, and the Clinical and Translational Research, Education and Commercialization Project, all of which were funded through a partnership between Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Tulane University. Before that, Ceulemans worked in R&D and technology development roles for a number of organizations including Software AG, Tibotec (Johnson and Johnson), Procter and Gamble, and the Joint Research Centre (European Commission), both in the U.S. and Europe.
Ceulemans holds a master’s degree in international business from Vlekho Business School in Brussels, Belgium; a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Artesis University College of Antwerp, Belgium. Steven was a 2012 Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the National Academies in Washington D.C., and currently still serves as a consultant to the Division of Behavorial and Social Sciences and Education within the National Research Council.
He lives in Birmingham with his wife Melissa and son Alexander.