The Genius of NJ

On December 2, 2019, Liberty Science Center saluted the innovators who are making New Jersey a world leader in cutting-edge applied science at the inaugural Genius of NJ event. This celebration brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, and creative thinkers in a celebration of the imaginative ideas and innovative solutions that are impacting our lives.

Click here to read a recap of the event on the LSC blog.

LSC's 2019 Genius Innovators

Bonnie Bassler

Chair, Molecular Biology
Princeton University

Leader in understanding – and disrupting – bacteria communication

Robert J. Hariri

Chairman, Founder & CEO Celularity, Inc.
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.

Pioneer in cellular therapies and placental stem cells

David Rosenberg

CEO and Co-Founder

World leader in mass-scale urban vertical farming

Sebastian Thrun

Kitty Hawk

Godfather of the Self-Driving Car


President and CEO

Paul Hoffman

Managing Trustees

Susan Mustokoff Akselrad, JD, Former Chief Employment Counsel for Solvay S.A.’s North American Companies
David Barry, Co-Chair, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Frederick A. Bertoldo, Region Bank President, New York, Northeast Community Banking, Wells Fargo & Company
Douglas Blackwell, SVP and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
David M. Daly, President and COO, PSE&G
Michael DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Alma DeMetropolis, Vice Chair, Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Joe Hand, Esq., EVP, Global HR and Corporate Services, Celgene Corporation
Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Celularity, Inc.; Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.
Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Stephen R. Howe, Jr., Co-Chair, Retired, Chairman Emeritus, Ernst & Young LLP
Barbara G. Koster, SVP and CIO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Bruce L. Levy, Treasurer, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
W. Nevins McCann, JD, Partner, Connell Foley
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Vice Chair, Founder and President, Bedtime Math
Chirag Patel, Chairman, Avtar Investments
Minalkumar (Minal) Patel, MD, Founder and CEO, Abacus Insights, Inc.
David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
Anthony T. Skiadas, CPA, SVP and Controller, Verizon Communications
Carolyn J. Slaski, CPA, Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY
Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, NJ Brokerage Services, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Vijay Swarup, PhD, VP of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Gregory Tusar, Co-Founder, Tagomi Systems
Josh S. Weston, Chairman Emeritus, Honorary Chairman, ADP

Advisory Trustees

Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Brian Carlin, CEO, Wealth Management Solutions, JPMorgan Chase & Company
Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System
Michele Holcomb, PhD, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development, Cardinal Health
Margaret Lanning, EVP and Chief Credit Officer, Investors Bank
Amit Rakhit, MD, Chief Medical and Portfolio Management Officer, Ovid Therapeutics
Rebecca Symes, JD

Honorary Chair Emeritus

William A. Tansey, III, MD, Cardiologist, Summit Medical Group

Honorary Trustees

Susan A. Cole, PhD, President, Montclair State University
Hon. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Founding Governor
Ralph LaRossa, President and COO, PSE&G

Executive Staff

Christine Arnold-Schroeder, VP, External Affairs
Iowaka Barber, Chief People Officer
Bryan Blaney, Managing Director, Guest Operations
Tamour Kousha, CFO
Ellen Lynch, Head of Exhibition Operations & Maintenance
Paul Marsh, VP, Marketing and Communications
Liza Reich Rawson, Head of Exhibition Development & Design
Ivory Williams, VP; STEM Teaching, Learning, and Innovation