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Donald H. Sebastian:

President & CEO, NJ Innovation Institute
Dr. Donald H. Sebastian is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) and Senior Vice President of Technology & Business Development at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  NJII is an NJIT 5.01c3 Corporation that is a new model for business innovation serving key industrial clusters that anchor the state and national economy.  In its first two years of operation, NJII has launched over $75M in new programs and increased the annual base of expenditures to $60M in activities since it started in July 2014.  Prior to that appointment NJIT’s sponsored research had more than doubled to $110M under his leadership as Sr. Vice President for Research & Development.

Dr. Sebastian led the effort to form a statewide Health Information Technology Extension Center, funded with $25M in federal funding to assist NJ primary care physicians in adopting electronic health record systems.  NJ-HITEC led the nation in physicians reaching meaningful use certification having enrolled over 7000 primary care physicians.

That success led to a new $50M grant to support outcomes based medicine across a community of 15,000 physicians.  Previously, he launched the NJ Homeland Security Technology Systems Center in 2004 to develop, validate and standardize new technologies for sustainable approaches to defending against terrorism. He was the principal academic organizer of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium.  In 1996 he created the NIST funded NJ Manufacturing Extension Program that has since documented over $2B ROI for the state’s small to medium sized manufacturers.

Dr. Sebastian is an Executive Board Member, Treasurer and past Chairman of the R&D Council of New Jersey, Treasurer and Executive Board Member of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, and serves on the Executive Committee of Innovation New Jersey, the Boards of the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation, Polymer Processing Institute, Inc., NJ Manufacturing Extension Program, and is immediate past Research Chair and Executive Board Member of the Henry H. Kessler Foundation. For these and other efforts he was inducted in the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame in 2006, named an NJBIZ Healthcare Innovation Hero in 2015 and added to the Made In New Jersey Honor Role in 2016.

Professor Sebastian received his Bachelor of Engineering at Stevens, graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1974, followed by Masters of Engineering in 1975, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1977. 



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