Mary Shirley-Howell joins HudsonAlpha as Director of Business Recruitment

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology announced today Mary Shirley-Howell has joined the Institute as Director of Business Recruitment.

Shirley-Howell brings more than ten years of area development experience to HudsonAlpha, serving in multiple leadership roles in the Auburn University Office of Research and Economic Development. Shirley-Howell earned her Bachelors and MBA from Auburn University, and Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Mary Shirley-Howell

Mary Shirley-Howell

“I have been fortunate to work with HudsonAlpha on collaborative projects in the past and now I am thrilled to join the HudsonAlpha Economic Development team,” said Shirley-Howell. “It’s an exciting time in the genomics world, and I look forward to attracting biosciences companies to Huntsville and HudsonAlpha.”  

Shirley-Howell joins HudsonAlpha’s Economic Development team, which recruits start-up, early-stage and established bioscience companies to the HudsonAlpha biotech campus. In her role, Shirley-Howell will engage with local, regional and state economic developers, and national and international site selectors to grow the biosciences hub at HudsonAlpha and Huntsville.

“Mary’s experience in campus development and commitment to HudsonAlpha’s vision will keep HudsonAlpha growing and thriving. With a campus expansion underway, Mary joins at an opportune time for recruiting innovative bioscience companies,” said Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha Vice President for Economic Development.

More than 45 life science associate companies call the HudsonAlpha campus home and collaborate with the nonprofit researchers to solve some of the world’s most pressing health issues. For more information about the benefits of the HudsonAlpha business ecosystem, contact the Economic Development team at  


About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha is a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and fosters more than 45 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit