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Simon Nynens- CEO

Simon Nynens is our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to NJII, Simon Nynens served as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at NJIT since joining NJIT in September 2018. Prior to NJIT, Simon was Chairman and CEO (2006 to 2018) of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), a public company. Under his leadership, revenue grew from $180 million to $450 million and the Company was listed as Best Places to Work in New Jersey in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. A graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Simon also serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Stevens Institute and the board of New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and was chairman of the NJTC board from 2007 through 2015. Simon received numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for 2011 (New Jersey Award in the Technology Services category). Simon started his career at E&Y in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Donald H. Sebastian - President

Dr. Sebastian is also 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. 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.

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. Dr. 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.

Timothy V. Franklin - Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Franklin’s professional focus, as well as his scholarly interest, centers on the policies and practices of university economic development and innovation, cluster/regional development, distributed research, regional stewarding institutions, and transformative regional engagement (TRE). He also serves as Associate Vice President for Business and Economic Development and Special Advisor to the President at New Jersey Institute of Technology and played a fundamental role in the founding of the New Jersey Innovation Institute. At Penn State, he led the PA Prosperity Partnerships economic engagement initiative.

As part of Virginia Tech’s “Southside Initiative” from 2001-2007, he was founding Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). Virginia Tech’s Southside Initiative won the 2007 national C. Peter Magrath/W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award given by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Judith A. Sheft - Associate Vice President Strategic Relationships and External Affairs

She is involved with regional economic and cluster development having responsibilities for the HealthIT Connections entrepreneurial cluster development program, the NJIT I-Corps Site and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. She is engaged with technology /IP innovation and commercialization efforts working with faculty and students to create startup companies and establishing licensing relationships with corporate partners.  She advises external startups at NJIT’s high technology / life sciences business accelerator/incubator.

She is on the Board of Advisors to the NJIT Murray Women’s Center and serves as a mentor and coach to students and faculty.   She is a member of the NJ – Israel Commission and serves on the Board of Greater Newark Enterprise Corporation, StartUp Newark, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, Einstein’s Alley, SheTek and NJEDA Technology Advisory Board, working to assist early stage tech and life sciences entrepreneurs foster regional economic growth.  She was a co-chair  of Governor Murphy’s transition advisory committee for Technology Government and Innovation (2017).