Debbie Hart

President and CEO, BioNJ
GradFUTURES Fellowship Mentor

Debbie Hart worked alongside NJ’s biotechnology industry leaders to establish BioNJ in 1994 and has been dedicated to building NJ’s life sciences ecosystem ever since. Debbie was named by Governor Murphy to the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology where she serves as Vice Chair; as co-chair of the New Jersey Higher Education Strategic Plan Research, Innovation and Talent Working Group; and the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Business Partnership. Debbie served as chair of the bipartisan, bicameral New Jersey Biotechnology Task Force which was charged with making recommendations to the Legislature for fostering the growth of the biotechnology industry in New Jersey. Debbie was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview; to ROI-NJ’s 2021 Influencers Power List for the third year; to RIO-NJ’s 2021 Influencers: Women in Business List; to the 2021 NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 for the four year in a row, to the NJBIZ Manufacturing 50 for the second year in a row in at #8 in 2020, to PharmaVOICE‘s 2019 100 Most Inspiring People list; one of New Jersey’s top CEOs by COMMERCE Magazine and for the ninth time in 2021 to the NJBIZ Power 100, a listing of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey business.

"My professional life has been enriched and enhanced in so many ways with each and every interaction with Princeton University…whether the amazing people, the important science or the pride of interacting with the number 1 academic institution in the country not to mention having Princeton right here in the center of the New Jersey life sciences ecosystem.

From the word go, my experience with GRADFutures has been magical. Working with the Team of Eva and Amy to support the creation of the Data Sciences Cohort has been extraordinary and meaningful. My hope is that the students who participate in this Cohort will be as enriched through the experience as I have been as a result of my interactions to help bring it to life.

We have been so fortunate to have Princeton graduate students participate in planning committees for our events and to participate as speakers. The brilliant and unique perspectives they contribute were nothing less than what you would expect of Princeton University graduate students.

 We were fortunate to have a GradFUTURES Fellow join our Team for the Spring 2020 semester.  She developed a very impressive and well planned vaccine hesitancy campaign to break down the myths and barriers to the COVID-19 Vaccine.  It is in the marketplace now!"

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