Georgia Bio Appoints Maria Thacker Acting President and CEO

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Georgia Bio today announced that Maria Thacker Goethe has assumed the
role of Acting President and CEO for the trade association and the
Georgia BioEd Institute. She will also remain in her capacity as
Executive Director for the Georgia
Global Health Alliance
.

Ms. Thacker Goethe has served in a variety of roles for Georgia Bio over
the years including Marketing, Membership and Project Manager. Since
2013, she served as Vice President of Operations. An innovative thinker
with broad-based expertise in operations, community relationship
building, and marketing Ms. Thacker Goethe has been a driving force
behind Georgia Bio’s programs and the development of the Georgia BioEd
Institute. As the organization has grown, Ms. Thacker Goethe’s role and
responsibilities have continued to increase and evolve. Her
institutional knowledge of the organization and the community positions
Georgia Bio for continued success.

“Maria has been an invaluable resource to Georgia Bio for more than a
decade. During this time she has established a strong reputation for her
industry knowledge and expertise with Georgia businesses, leaders and
legislators,” said Georgia Bio Chair, Patricia Fritz, Vice President,
U.S. Corporate Affairs at UCB Inc. “The executive committee and board
are pleased to have her leadership during this transitional period for
the organization.”

Most recently, Ms. Thacker Goethe has been working alongside Georgia
BioEd Institute and industry government affairs leaders to develop a
proposal to grow Georgia’s biomanufacturing workforce and improve
opportunities for young people in rural communities. The proposal
involves investing in cutting-edge teacher training workshops which
provide students with access and opportunity to high-paying and
innovative jobs in the life science industry.

There is still much to accomplish to make Georgia and the surrounding
Southeast a world-leading life sciences and global health center, and
every effort at Georgia Bio and the Georgia BioEd Institute is solidly
connected to that mission.

Ms. Thacker Goethe received her master’s in public health in health
education/communication, and maternal and child health from Tulane
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts
in environmental studies from Sweet Briar College. She is a 2009
recipient of the Power 30 Under 30 Award for professional and community
excellence. Ms. Thacker currently sits on the CJD Foundation Board of
Directors and an executive committee member for the Coalition of State
Bioscience Institutes. Additionally, Ms. Thacker Goethe volunteers with
the Junior League of Atlanta co-chairing the La Amistad Estrellitas
program which works to empower Latina teens; she has volunteered with
this program for 9 years now.

About Georgia Bio

Georgia Bio (www.gabio.org)
is the state’s private, non-profit life sciences association. Members
include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies,
medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups
and other business organizations involved in the development of life
sciences related products and services.

Contacts

Georgia Bio
Kristen Pappaterra, 678-213-2405
KPappaterra@gabio.org