Murphy names eight to new innovation commission

Gov. Phil Murphy has named eight people to the state’s Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, which he re-established in August.

The commission will eventually include 17 members, including the secretary of higher education, the commissioner of education and the CEO of the state Economic Development Authority.

The eight members named by Murphy earlier in December include:

  • Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers University;
  • Joel Bloom, president of New Jersey Institute of Technology;
  • Charlene Brown-Smith, an executive with AT&T;
  • Gunjan Doshi, founder and CEO of New York-based tech company InRhythm;
  • Nariman Farvardin, president of Stevens Institute of Technology;
  • Debbie Hart, CEO and president of BioNJ;
  • Beth Simone Noveck, the state’s first chief innovation officer; and
  • David Pascrell, an attorney with Gibbons P.C.

State Sen. Robert Singer (R-Lakewood), one of the sponsors of the bill that reinstated the commission, announced his own appointment to it in November.

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