After serving as the commission’s deputy chair since 2018, she succeeds Gunjan Doshi, who left the chair earlier this year.
“I thank Governor (Phil) Murphy for his unwavering commitment to New Jersey’s startup community and for entrusting me with the vital task of leading the board of directors of such an important commission,” Hart said in a statement. prepared statement. “Under the Governor’s leadership, we have made significant progress in our efforts to reclaim our role as a leader in innovation.
“I look forward to working with my fellow CSIT Board members and staff to deliver new programs and initiatives that will benefit industry companies and researchers and New Brunswick’s innovation economy. Jersey as a whole.
CSIT promotes the state as a center for academic and technological research and development and commercialization. It was reinstated in 2018 by Murphy and includes representatives from the public and private sectors and academia. To date, he has provided nearly 150 startups with over $6 million in funding.
“As we continue to invest in our state’s science, technology, engineering and math sectors, CSIT’s role becomes more important than ever,” Murphy said in a statement. “Debbie has a long history of championing innovative start-ups in the Garden State, and her decades of involvement have helped shape New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem and make it the perfect place for startups to grow and thrive. flourish.”
Hart has led BioNJ since 1994, helping the commercial life science organization represent nearly 400 research-based organizations and stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem.
“Debbie’s passion for helping emerging businesses succeed shines through in everything she does, making her the perfect choice to be CSIT’s next president,” Executive Director Judith Sheft said in a statement. “Debbie brings a unique perspective and skill set to CSIT and is a tremendous asset to the Board as we work with our partners in industry and academia to support startups growing in the Garden State. .”