Sandy J. Stewart

Sandy J. StewartHonorary Degree Recipient

Doctor of Humane letters

Rutgers is proud to bestow upon Sandy J. Stewart an honorary doctorate of humane letters.  Stewart is a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist. Until he recently retired, Stewart spent nearly 12 years working for Ciba-Geigy/Novartis Biotechnology Center in Research Park, North Carolina, as head of their Immunology Group. During that time his group developed assays for a number of products, various diagnostics, invented a novel on-site diagnostic, and was part of the team that brought the first insect-resistant corn plant to the market. Mostly following his tenure at Novartis, he co-founded several biotechnology companies including Immunovation, Paradigm Genetics, Precion, and most recently Paradigm Botanicals. These companies spanned functional genomics, proteomics, and immunology into drug development and diagnostics. In 2010, he joined Metabolon, founded by one of his co-founders at Paradigm Genetics, to advance technology that he developed in 1998. Metabolon is considered the world leader in Metabolomics today. He was one of the first in the world to greatly advance the technology of biochemical pro-filing allowing ultrahigh throughput analysis, which subsequently created a new field of science called Metabolomics. He is well published, holds numerous patents, and sits on various scientific advisory boards.

During his career, Stewart has also worked for the American Red Cross and had the privilege of working with the United Nations on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Prionics AG on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Among his many awards and honors are the Ciba AgriNova International Award and Presi-dent’s Council Award, the 1998 Center for Entrepreneurial Development Start-Up of the Year, and 2000 runner-up to Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Stewart is the former chair of the Rutgers Board of Trustees, to which he was first appointed in 2006. Stewart has served on most Board of Trustees and Board of Governors committees over the years, including the Board of Trustees Joint Investments Committee, the Governance Improve-ment Task Force, the Rutgers–Camden Alumni Association Board, and the Rutgers Camden Board of Directors.

Stewart was inducted onto the Rutgers Board of Governors in July 2015. When he was in-ducted onto the Board of Governors, Rutgers President Robert Barchi praised Stewart, saying, “We are delighted that Mr. Stewart will continue his distinguished service at Rutgers as a member of the Board of Governors. We especially look forward to capitalizing on his expertise in the field of  biotechnology, which is a vital contributor to the health of the state’s economy.”

In June 2016, he was elected vice chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors. In 2017 and 2018, he was elected chair of the Board of Governors. A Trustee Governor, Stewart’s term runs through 2021.

Originally from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and Chincoteague, Virginia, Stewart lives in New Hill, North Carolina, where he is working on his latest biotech company in Research Triangle Park.