Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.


Sandy J. Stewart
CCAS’81, GSC’87
Co-Founder and CEO (retired), Paradigm Genetics (now Cogenics Icoria, Inc.)

Sandy Stewart is a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist.  Now retired, Stewart co-founded several biotechnology companies including Immunovation and Paradigm Genetics (now Cogenics Icoria, Inc.).  These companies spanned functional genomics, proteomics, and immunology into drug development and diagnostics.  More recently, he joined Metabolon, the world’s leader in metabolomics, to advance technology that he developed in 1998.  He was one of the first in the world to greatly advance the technology of biochemical profiling allowing ultra-high throughput analysis and subsequently creating a new field of science called metabolomics. He began his biotech career at the pharmaceutical company Novartis in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  He is well-published and holds numerous patents.

During his career, Stewart has also worked with the American Red Cross and the United Nations on HIV and Prionics AG on bovine spongiform encephalitis, more commonly known as “mad cow disease.”

Among his many awards and honors are the 1995 Ciba AgriNova International Award and President’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 Improvement Task Force, the Rutgers–Camden Alumni Association Board, and the Rutgers University–Camden Board of Directors.

Stewart was inducted onto the Rutgers Board of Governors in July 2015.  When he was inducted 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 of 2016, he was elected vice chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors. A Trustee Governor, Stewart’s term runs through 2021.

Originally from Point Pleasant, N.J., Stewart lives in New Hill, N.C., where he continues to consult for various biotech companies in Research Triangle Park.