Announcing a Transformative Gift Supporting Student and Research Success in the Sciences

Sent Tuesday, April 10, 2018

To the Campus Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Rutgers University–Camden alumnus Sandy Stewart CCAS’81, GSC’87 has made a gift commitment that will transform learning and research opportunities on our campus.

Through his generosity and vision, the Sandy J. Stewart Endowed Equipment and Instruments Fund at Rutgers University–Camden will provide our students and faculty with cutting-edge instrumentation often found in core laboratories, such as mass spectrometers, flow cytometers, and gene sequencers.

Mr. Stewart has placed his confidence in Rutgers University–Camden’s promising future by making this forward-thinking $2.5 million bequest gift commitment in recognition of the transformative role that our university has had in his life.

When our Nursing and Science Building opened last fall, Rutgers University–Camden embraced a facility that matched the excellence and ambition of our research faculty and our students. This endowment will similarly elevate the level of equipment and instruments essential for conducting the highest level of research. Moreover, this multimillion-dollar gift will enable our campus to expand our leadership in such areas as biology, chemistry, physics, and computational biology, a developing field where Rutgers University–Camden has taken a position of prominence worldwide.

Amidst a field of many successful and noteworthy alumni, Mr. Stewart is one of Rutgers University–Camden’s most prolific graduates. A pioneer in the biotechnology industry, he was one of the first in the world to greatly advance the technology of metabolomics, and has earned many awards, published numerous papers, and holds several biotechnology patents. He has worked with the American Red Cross and the United Nations on HIV research and with Prionics AG on research related to bovine spongiform encephalitis, more commonly known as “mad cow disease.”

Now retired, Mr. Stewart is among Rutgers’ most potent advocates. He is the first Rutgers University–Camden graduate to chair the Rutgers Board of Governors, which is a singular milestone for our campus. In addition, he is a member of the Rutgers University–Camden Board of Directors.

This bequest gift is the most recent indicator of Mr. Stewart’s ongoing commitment to expanding opportunities for student success at Rutgers University–Camden. Established several years ago, the Sandy J. Stewart Undergraduate Research Fund provides awards to three biology or chemistry students who participate in original research with their faculty mentors and who are not on a pre-med track. The work conducted by these students is extraordinary and provides them with unparalleled credentials for successful professional or post-baccalaureate careers in the sciences.

Mr. Stewart credits Rutgers–Camden for an education that prepared him for his first biotech job at Ciba-Geigy/Novartis. In a recent interview, he reports that he was able to compete with some of the world’s best scientists “because I received such a tremendous education at Rutgers–Camden.”

Building on the creative thinking skills and foundational research skills that he received at Rutgers University–Camden, Mr. Stewart went on to found or co-found several biotechnology companies, including Paradigm Genetics (now Cogenics Icoria Inc.) and Immunovation. These companies spanned functional genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics into drug development.

Rutgers University–Camden owes Mr. Stewart a profound debt of gratitude for his generosity and his leadership. The Sandy J. Stewart Endowed Equipment and Instruments Fund exemplifies Rutgers–Camden’s growing reputation as a center for scholarship and innovation. Please join me in thanking Mr. Stewart for his investment in the future of our campus.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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